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Fruity Cashew Chicken Pasta Salad

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Fruity cashew chicken pasta salad is loaded with fruit, cashew, tender chunked chicken, creamy dressing, and spiral pasta. Hearty enough for a main dish or a great side dish for dinner, potluck, or BBQ.

Fruity cashew chicken pasta salad is loaded with fruit, cashew, tender chunked chicken, creamy dressing, and spiral pasta. Hearty enough for a main dish or a great side dish for dinner, potluck, or BBQ.

The other day I decided that I could handle taking all 4 kids to the grocery store. I am not sure what I was thinking because it did not go well. I ended up leaving the store with my groceries (yay!), some Shopkins, a Lego set, and a push n’ pull Thomas the Train. It was bad. Just all bad πŸ™‚ I am pretty sure the toys ended up in the cart because my kids had worn me down too much for me to care anymore.

I really wanted to make this fruity cashew chicken pasta salad and looking back I would totally say the horrendous trip to the grocery store with all 4 kids was totally worth it! Because this salad is amazingly delicious.

Fruity cashew chicken pasta salad is loaded with fruit, cashew, tender chunked chicken, creamy dressing, and spiral pasta. Hearty enough for a main dish or a great side dish for dinner, potluck, or BBQ.

It is hearty enough to be a main dish during the summer. Or it’s great as a side dish for picnics, potlucks, or BBQ’s. And there is no need for an oven. This pasta salad uses a rotisserie chicken which I am a big fan of because they’re perfectly seasoned, tender, and ready to use.

Combine the chunked chicken with grapes, pineapple, cashews, celery, and green onions and pour a creamy dressing over it all and mix up.

Fruity cashew chicken pasta salad is loaded with fruit, cashew, tender chunked chicken, creamy dressing, and spiral pasta. Hearty enough for a main dish or a great side dish for dinner, potluck, or BBQ.

Just as with any pasta salad, the longer it sits in the fridge it tends to dry out. You can either add some additional ranch dressing or mayo, or you can just eat it right away after making it. I prefer the salad cold so I like to keep it in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving.

Even my kids loved this one. My 5 year old ate this for lunch and dinner for about 2 days afterΒ I made it. She was a big fan of it πŸ™‚

Fruity cashew chicken pasta salad is loaded with fruit, cashew, tender chunked chicken, creamy dressing, and spiral pasta. Hearty enough for a main dish or a great side dish for dinner, potluck, or BBQ.

Fruity cashew chicken pasta salad is loaded with fruit, cashew, tender chunked chicken, creamy dressing, and spiral pasta. Hearty enough for a main dish or a great side dish for dinner, potluck, or BBQ.

If you really want to make this salad spectacular, whip up a fast batch of my homemade ranch dressing. It is so good in this salad. Better than any dressing you’ll buy in the store. Promise! One recipe of it makes exactly the amount you need for this pasta salad.

Fruity Cashew Chicken Pasta Salad

Fruity cashew chicken pasta salad is loaded with fruit, cashew, tender chunked chicken, creamy dressing, and spiral pasta. Hearty enough for a main dish or a great side dish for dinner, potluck, or BBQ.

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Ingredients

    pasta salad
  • 1 box (16 oz) spiral pasta (like rotini or fusilli)
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, chunked (about 3 cups)
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits, drained (reserve juice)
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes
  • 1 cup seedless green grapes
  • 2 cups cashew halves, salted or lightly salted
  • dressing
  • 1 1/4 cups ranch salad dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons reserved pineapple juice

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Remember to salt the water so your pasta has some flavor. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In large mixing bowl, combine all the pasta salad ingredients.
  • In separate smaller bowl, combine the dressing ingredients and whisk together until combined.
  • Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and stir to combine.
  • Eat right away or refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.
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    Destiny
    July 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm Homemade ranch dressing already has a lot of mayo in it,so after I make the dressing I'm also going to add 1 cup of mayo to it? Seems like that's a lot of mayo and might take away the flavor of the ranch dressing,what are your thoughts?
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      Together As Family
      July 19, 2017 at 2:29 pm Yes, that's correct. It's a pasta salad so if you don't have enough moisture then you'll have a super dry pasta salad. You could always try reducing the mayo and see how you like it. The ranch flavor still comes through. It's not only a ranch flavor because there are so many other ingredients too. I would start with reducing the mayo and/or ranch and go from there 😁

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