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Ultimate Chicken-Pasta Salad

Ultimate Chicken-Pasta Salad
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 10
Brunch, box lunch or brown bag? Here's a tasty chicken salad you have to try.
Updated March 4, 2009

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

Steps

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
410
Calories from Fat
110
Total Fat
12g
18%
Saturated Fat
2g
9%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
25mg
9%
Sodium
290mg
12%
Potassium
300mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate
58g
19%
Dietary Fiber
4g
15%
Sugars
17g
Protein
18g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
15%
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 Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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