Wednesday, December 22, 2010

BowTie Chicken Pasta Salad

This is yet another amazing recipe my mom used to make growing up. I have made it several times for various events and I continually get rave reviews. This pasta salad is unbelievably simple, but so delicious. It is definitely my go-to recipe for potlucks, church parties, baby/bridal showers and any type of summer meal. The variety of ingredients make for a colorful and eye-catching display, and the creamy sauce pulls everything together perfectly. (Picture courtesy of Oh Sweet Basil)

  • 1 16-oz. box bow-tie pasta noodles, cooked and drained (any type of medium-sized noodle would work well here)
  • 1-2 cups cooked chicken, diced
  • 2 cups red or purple grapes, sliced in half
  • 1 large can mandarin oranges
  • 1 large can pineapple tidbits
  • 1 can water chestnuts, sliced in half
  • 2-3 green onions, diced in small pieces
  • 1 cup cashews


  • 1/2 bottle Kraft Coleslaw salad dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

Toss all salad ingredients together in a large bowl until combined. Mix coleslaw dressing and mayonnaise together and pour over pasta salad, stirring until evenly coated. Serve immediately or store in fridge until needed.

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