Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad Recipe
- 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
- 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.
1 serving (1-1/3 cups) equals 661 calories, 37 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 44 mg cholesterol, 451 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 23 g protein.
Reviews for Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad
"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."
"I made this salad for Homecoming at our church and it got rave reviews! It is a wonderful combination of ingredients, flavors and textures."
"Agreed! Great recipe"
"Delicious recipe. I subbed out toasted sliced almonds for the cashews. Will definitely be making this again!"
"So good. Family favourite! Thank you!"
"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!"
"Whole family liked it! I used tri-colored pasta, tasted and looked great."
"This recipe was excellent! I used rotisserie chicken and added some Italian spices and my husband LOVED it. Already planning all of the summer events I can take this to!"
"Very good salad. I had to make it for a church luncheon, so substituted chopped water chestnuts for crunchiness instead of the cashews. It worked - bowl was empty!"
"This is an oh-so delicious recipe! I make it just the way it's written except I usually always use rotisserie chicken."
"LOVE this recipe"
"This is a great cold dish. My husband loves cashews and this recipe filled the bill nicely!"
"omitted the chicken and used as a side dish. Many complements on this!"
"The first time I made this, was for my DIL baby shower. I have made it many times since. ALWAYS a hit with rave reviews. I am always asked for the recipe. It has become my signature dish and always asked to bring it to family gatherings and church pot lucks. You cannot go wrong with this recipe. I double the dressing and add as needed. It tends to disappear, so I always have some on hand to mix in just at the last minute before serving. Add the cashews last, and for an added flavor and color, add a can or two of drain mandarin orange segments! Make sure you have large containers for mixing such as a disposable foil roasting pan. Good to serve from too!"
"This was really good served with the Spicy Cheeseburgers in the same issue."
"Reviewed this Aug. 14, 2011. Made it for a crowd recently and didn't use the Bacon Ranch dressing.Got lots of compliments but had even more using the Ranch with bacon. Also more people asked for the recipe....Soooo good!"
"Perfect for a group gathering. Enjoyed by all, with many asking for the recipe. I love seeing the colorful bowl full of healthy fruits and veggies before adding the chicken and pasta. If you plan on serving only part of the recipe at a time, add cashews before serving to prevent sogginess"
"I almost didn't make this salad for a summer party but I'm sure glad I did. It was a lot of work but worth the compliments.I forgot that all I had was Bacon Ranch dressing so used it. Tasted fine. Also didn't think it was very "pretty" so added some cherry tomatoes for color.Delicious recipe. Makes a huge bowl !!!"
"This is the best recipe. I am asked to bring this to every party we have with family and friends. It makes enough for a large group!"
"Exceptional taste explosion - sweet, salty, fruity, nutty. One of our family's favorites, especially through the warm summer months."
"Terrific recipe. Once again, TOH has saved the day. Thank you Kara for submitting your recipe."
"This makes a lot! Great for a potluck. I used all red grapes because they're better for you, and I didn't want to buy two kinds of grapes."
"My husband really enjoyed this recipe and so did I. I use left over rotisserie (sp?) chicken that I pick up from the deli which makes my prep work even easier."
"This is GREAT! I made exactly as is and was not disappointed at all. I think next time I may add some Granny Smith apples. I liked the crunch of the cashews and think the apples will add even a little more of that crunch factor that I like so much. Thanks for the recipe."
"This is my all time favorite chix salad recipe. I have made this several times every summer since the recipe was in the 2006 magazine!"
"Awesome! I make this again and again. It is THAT good! I always get asked for the recipe. It makes a lot, so I often 1/2 the recipe. I use light ranch and light mayo and it still comes out great."
"This makes a TON of food! I was able to feed our whole floor at work for lunch plus my boyfriend and I for 3 meals! Made some minor adjustments since I had dried cherries instead of cranberries and mandarin oranges instead of pineapple on hand. I will definitely make this again."
"This is THE BEST I have made this and given out the recipe 20 times"
"This recipe is amazing! I made it for a mom's group and everyone was asking for the recipe. I will be making this again and again--thanks!The only changes I made were to use light mayo and light ranch dressing. For the chicken, I bought a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and chopped it up. So easy!"
"Just made this last night. It is a hit! Thanks, for submitting it.LW"
Light-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.