“This dish was a favorite of mine at a local restaurant, but when I saw the recipe, I knew it was too rich for my family's diet,” writes Lynn Skilsky of Oro Valley, Arizona. “I made some healthy changes, and now it's one of my favorites.”
Santa himself might find it hard to resist this hearty, colorful chicken salad packed with veggies, pasta and flavor. Our Test Kitchen added just the right touch of heat to warm and welcome friends and family in from the cold!
TIP: This versatile recipe can be varied for all seasons of the year by adding hard-cooked eggs, different meats, such as turkey, ham, tuna or shrimp…even by changing the nuts and vegetables to whatever you have on hand!
Instead of chicken breasts, try cut-up chicken or even browned turkey in her main dish. it's also interesting to try different types of pasta or to substitute rice for the spaghetti.—Carolene Esayenko, Calgary, Alberta
This recipe is a great way to use the vegetables my husband raises on our farm. It's always well received and is perfect for summer picnics, office luncheons or a light dinner.
Beverly, West Virginia
Combining an Italian pasta and Mexican ingredients created an exceptional dish for Mrs. Larry Phillips from Shreveport, Louisiana. She writes, "This recipe is well-liked even in Cajun Country Louisiana!"
"This refreshing summer salad, chock-full of ham and shrimp, is almost a complete meal in itself," says Andrea Bolden from Unionville, Tennessee. "Served with freshly baked bread and a fruit dessert, it's a great lunch."
“In the six years that we have been married, my husband and I have lived in five countries on three continents,” writes Rebecca Lentz of Chattanooga, Tennessee. “This dish has proved to be a winner wherever in the world we have been.”
I love the challenge of finding creative new ways to serve foods. So putting peaches in chicken salad seems only natural. My husband and I enjoy this hearty cool salad on hot summer evenings.—Elizabeth Waden, Timmonsville, South Carolina