Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad Recipe

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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
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.
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

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.

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  • 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.
Originally published as Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad in Simple & Delicious July/August 2006, p33

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s_pants User ID: 174050 284447
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2018

"I rated this 5 stars awhile back and made it again recently. I had to change it up because of preferences and availability and it was still awesome. I used a 15 oz. can of mandarin oranges instead of the pineapple (if I had 2 cans it would have been even better with more), I didn't have celery or green onions so I added one teaspoon each celery seed and onion powder to the dressing plus some shredded carrots for crunch, used 2 cups red grapes (no green) and no cashews."

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IslandKai User ID: 6189169 269372
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2017

"I thought the pasta would be a nice change from the usual chicken salad, but it turned out to be way, way too dry. I even added more mayo than was called for to try to loosen it up, but it remained bad. The ingredients were nice, so I guess it was the dressing that ruined it for us. I'll go back to my cantaloupe-grape chicken salad for the summer."

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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!"

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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."

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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!"

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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."

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[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."

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

"Agreed! Great recipe"

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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!"

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

"So good. Family favourite! Thank you!"

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