March 28, 2011

Chicken Pasta Salad

This has become a staple for all of us at showers, birthdays, or just about any party that you've got a big group coming to.  It's delicious and you can't mess it up. 

12 oz bow tie pasta    
12 oz tri-colored pasta
20 oz can of pineapple tidbits
2 c. chopped celery
4 green onions, sliced
8 oz craisins
1 c. cashews
1 c grapes, sliced in half
4 c cooked chicken breast, cubed or shredded
1 c. mayonnaise
16 oz bottled coleslaw dressing (Marie's brand is yummy)

 Just cook the noodles, and rinse them in cold water.  Mix the mayonnaise and coleslaw dressing.  Then toss all the ingredients together in a LARGE bowl.  Keep it in the refrigerator until serving time.  
I sometimes make it the night before then toss in the dressing before serving.  This time around I knew I wouldn't even have that much time, so I tossed it with the dressing the night before, but didn't add the craisins until serving. (The craisins will stain some of the pasta purple if dressed and added the day before)
This is always a crowd pleasing recipe!  And a great way to get your kids to eat a little veggies and protein with their pasta!  So next time you're entertaining, make this chicken pasta salad and it won't disappoint.


  1. Thanks to Kori this has become a family favorite! It is so yummy!

  2. I am a happy girl to have been forwarded your blog. Yippee! Todd absolutely loves every "Barb recipe" in the ward cookbook that I got as a wedding present. I'm so excited to have more.

  3. I made this one from the book already!! It was delish!

  4. this is the one we call the hundred dollar salad.. worth every penny though!