Ultimate Chicken-Pasta Salad

Brunch, box lunch or brown bag? Here's a tasty chicken salad you have to try.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 10

Ingredients

Dressing

1/3
cup milk
1/3
cup mayonnaise
3
tablespoons sugar
3
tablespoons white wine vinegar
2
teaspoons poppy seed
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon celery salt
1/2
teaspoon dry mustard

Salad

1
box (16 oz) gemelli pasta
2
cups diced cooked chicken
1
cup sweetened dried cherries
1/2
cup sliced celery
1/2
cup slivered almonds, toasted

  • 1 In small bowl, mix dressing ingredients with wire whisk until well blended. Cover; refrigerate until ready to use.
  • 2 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain well.
  • 3 In large bowl, mix cooked pasta, chicken, cherries and celery. Mix dressing mixture again with wire whisk to recombine; pour over salad and toss gently to coat. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours before serving to chill salad and blend flavors. Stir in almonds.

Expert Tips

To toast almonds, spread on cookie sheet; bake at 350°F for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.

Make a day ahead; cover and refrigerate. Stir the salad before serving. If needed, add a tablespoon or two of milk to make it more creamy.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
410
(
Calories from Fat
110),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
12%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
25mg
25%;
Sodium
290mg
290%;
Total Carbohydrate
58g
58%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
17g
17%
),
Protein
18g
18%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.