Poppy Seed Chicken Salad Recipe
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Poppy Seed Chicken Salad Recipe

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This attractive, chilled salad captures the lively flavor of the season in a snap. Renee Glowe of Clayton, Wisconsin combines tangy cranberries with pasta and toasted almonds for a standout dish.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:2 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 2/3 cup uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1/2 cup cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup poppy seed salad dressing

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (prepared with fat-free salad dressing) equals 315 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 18 g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse with cold water and drain well. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the chicken, almonds, onion, cranberries and celery. Stir in the pasta. Drizzle with salad dressing; toss to coat. Chill until serving. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Poppy Seed Chicken Salad in Cooking for 2 Summer 2008, p60

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed May. 25, 2010

"Great salad for anytime. I made this for moms who came for a lunch play date and they all took the recipe. It is a lot of flavor and they all blend so well."

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"This is the best pasta salad I've ever had. I used a shredded rotisserie chicken instead of chicken breast. My family raved about it!"

Reviewed Jun. 23, 2009

"Great for lunch on a hot summer day."

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