Grilled Chicken and Pasta Salad

"A main dish salad that is a summer staple in our house. Even our 4-year old loves it! It's refreshing, yet filling. I serve it with crusty rolls and chocolate pie for dessert. Also, use leftover chicken if you have some to make it that much easier. I've also found that this tastes great even without the chilling time. Hope you like this as much as we do!"
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  • Grill, cool and chop the chicken breast.
  • Cook the pasta and drain it twice in cold water.
  • Combine the chicken, pasta, spinach, grapes, cranberries and green onions in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise, seasoned rice vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour over pasta mixture and toss.
  • Cover and chill 4-24 hours.
  • Stir in the mandarin oranges just before serving.

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  1. When I bake chicken breasts I almost always use at least 4 so that I have some for another meal or two, & since I did just that here (using 2 left-over breasts), this recipe (cut in half) was a snap to put together! I really enjoy working with a recipe that includes uncooked spinach, & here the combo of fruits made for A VERY TASTY SALAD & a keeper recipe! [Tagged, made & reviewed just for the 'halibut!']
  2. My husband and I loved this salad! Great flavor and I will definitely make it again.
  3. I was looking for something different to try and thought this salad was great. I will definitely make it again. Thanks!
  4. I am the world's pickiest eater and I absolutley LOVED this salad!!! It was so fresh with the fruit in there. I would have never thought to put all those ingredients together. Thanks so much for sharing!!!
  5. My family really loved this. The combination of cranberries and grapes was delicious. I did add some toasted slivered almonds to give it some "crunch".


I live just outside Iowa City, Iowa... home of the University of Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!). In my former life, I was a Marketing Manager for Ladies' Home Journal magazine, but am now a stay-at-home mom. My husband and I have been married?15 years and have a 12-yr old son, as well as 5-yr old twin boys!!! ?We all love to be in the kitchen! While I tend to rely on recipes, my husband is more of a throw-it-together/experimental kind of cook (it usually turns out great!). I make a weekly menu, but it's never the same. Cookbooks and recipes are a passion, so I always have something new on the menu. That's why I love so much!
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