Sunday, October 9, 2011

Chicken Pasta Salad

1 lb. Mini Farfalle Pasta
2 cans chicken, drained (Costco)
2 cups chopped Gala apple, some peeled
2 cups red grapes, halved
1 cup celery, chopped
1 20 oz. can pineapple tidbits, thoroughly drained (start with this first)
1/4 cup sliced green onion (I just used finely diced white onion)
1 cup Best Foods Mayo
1 cup sweet salad dressing, such as Brianna's Poppy Seed Dressing or Marie's Coleslaw Dressing
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 cup cashews, just before serving, optional

Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. Drain & cool.

In a large bowl, combine chicken, apple, grapes, celery, pineapple tidbits, green onion, and pasta.

In a small bowl, mix mayo, dressing and salt & pepper. Pour over the salad and stir until well coated. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Just before serving, stir in cashews.

*If there are any ingredients you don't like just leave them out. You may also add 1 large can mandarin oranges, drained. This is for a full size recipe to feed a large family or to take to a party. I always 1/2 it to feed my family.

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