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Chicken Salad with a Twist

This colorful salad will disappear fast at your next potluck. I got the recipe from my cousin, who always has great dishes at her parties...and this recipe is no exception! —Valerie Hotl Cartersville, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked spiral pasta
  • 2-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1/3 cup zesty Italian salad dressing
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons spicy brown or horseradish mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, chicken, onion, celery, cucumber and olives.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the Italian dressing, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until chilled. Just before serving, fold in tomatoes.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 215 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 338mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • jchrist67
    Mar 30, 2015

    I made this for a potluck and I thought it lacked zing. I had about half left, and ate it for supper with more Italian dressing on it. It was better. I don't think I would make it again.

  • ahmom
    Jun 27, 2013

    Very good!!

  • robbinthornton
    Aug 7, 2012

    WOW! I did not have high expectations for this recipe, but it was quick and I had most of the ingredients on hand. RAVE reviews from the whole family!

  • portulaca
    Aug 13, 2009

    Took this dish to an office get-together recently & received rave comments - enough for family who liked it as well.