Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad
Total TimePrep: 30 min. + chilling
I made this salad for a summer pot luck and everyone loved it. I sampled it a few hours later, when the flavors could marry and couldn't wait to share it with family. I
EXCELLENT! 9 PTS Adapted. Great for company. Makes a lot (maybe up to 16 servings?)
I used leftover grilled chicken (no BBQ sauce). It put it over the top!
i didn't use the ranch or mayo i use maries creamy garlic salad dressing 3 cups and i add apple we liked this recipe and the other fruit
My husband doesn't like pineapple (wouldn't you know, I love it!) so I have to leave that out. I also do not add grapes but I do use the dried organic cranberries. I've even used dried strawberry slices and it's really good and a nice change. Otherwise this is much like a salad I make a lot in the summer. We love cashews and my grandkids look forward to this when they come for picnics at our house. This has become a 4th of July staple!
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.
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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What a nice change. I love having pasta in a salad and makes a cool and refreshing salad for summertime!
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.