Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad Recipe
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Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad Recipe

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I’ve tried many chicken salad recipes over the years, but this is my very favorite. It’s fresh, fruity and refreshing, and the cashews add wonderful crunch. Every time I serve it at a potluck or picnic, I get rave reviews…and always come home with an empty bowl! —Kara Cook, Elk Ridge, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) spiral or rotini pasta
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced celery
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes
  • 1 cup seedless green grapes
  • 1 package (5 ounces) dried cranberries
  • 1 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups salted cashews

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 661 calories, 37g fat (6g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 451mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 4g fiber), 23g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the chicken, pineapple, celery, onions, grapes and cranberries. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; stir into chicken mixture.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the ranch dressing and mayonnaise. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Just before serving, stir in cashews. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad in Simple & Delicious July/August 2006, p33

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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rena 55 User ID: 1935799 264352
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2017

"What a nice change. I love having pasta in a salad and makes a cool and refreshing salad for summertime!"

robbrd User ID: 1292786 260854
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2017

"Love this recipe. I took this to a friend who had surgery and she wanted the recipe to make it for a reception for her son's wedding. So good! My kids love to have this in the warmer months. I will make up a batch for them to have as their after-school snack during the week."

az_jill User ID: 5181702 249491
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2016

"I don't make often because of the cal. & fat content, but we do LOVE this! I used gf brown rice elbow macaroni today that worked equally as well. So Yummy! Thanks Kara!"

Angiethesinger User ID: 6893459 236907
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2015

"I've used salted sunflower seeds in place of cashews for those with nut allergies. Every time I make this I get rave reviews and recipe requests."

[email protected] User ID: 2350474 234187
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2015

"I made this salad for Homecoming at our church and it got rave reviews! It is a wonderful combination of ingredients, flavors and textures."

JkayC User ID: 5673362 231976
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2015

"Agreed! Great recipe"

cindiak User ID: 221828 230771
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2015

"Delicious recipe. I subbed out toasted sliced almonds for the cashews. Will definitely be making this again!"

4chris User ID: 163652 230354
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2015

"So good. Family favourite! Thank you!"

texvic User ID: 7767037 223709
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2015

"I have to agree with everyone else on here this salad is great! I have taken this to many functions and almost always asked for the recipe, especially in the summertime this is a very refreshing salad...The only thing is when I made this for my family who we all love nuts, were not crazy about the cashews so I almost never put the nuts in and also taking this salad places so many people are allergic to nuts and I have taken it before and put the nuts on the side but even then no one goes all out for them so anymore I simply leave them out and still get rave reviews about this recipe..Definitely a keeper!"

Poconnell User ID: 7777398 159270
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"Whole family liked it! I used tri-colored pasta, tasted and looked great."

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