Summer Cashew Chicken Grape Pasta Salad

Recipe by Northern Cook
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READY IN: 15mins
SERVES: 6-8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    lb cooked chicken (poached, grilled, rotisserie, doesn't matter, just cooked)
  • 1
    lb pasta (macaroni, rigatoni, use your favorite, just not spaghett)
  • 12
    lb green seedless grape, washed and cut in half
  • 12
    lb red seedless grapes, washed and cut in half
  • 12
    teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • 12
    teaspoon onion powder
  • 12
    teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2
    cups mayonnaise (I use Hellman's Light Mayonnaise)
  • 1
    (9 1/4 ounce) can cashew halves, and pieces (I buy Planter's salted)
  • 2
    tablespoons milk (optional, also may want to add more depending on how long the salad has been in the refrigerator)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Boil 1 lb. of pasta - al dente - according to package directions (I use rigatoni). Drain after cooking and let cool.
  • While the pasta is boiling, wash and halve the grapes.
  • Dice the cooked chicken into bite sized pieces.
  • In a large bowl or serving platter, combine the cooled, drained pasta with the grapes and diced chicken. Stir in the mayonnaise. I start with one cup of mayo and add more as needed. Really, just add as much as you personally like - it may be more or less than 2 cups.
  • Stir in the Lawry's seasoning salt, onion powder and garlic powder. Again, add to your liking. You may want more or less than 1/2 teaspoon of any of these - - it's your choice, go with what you like. Frequent sampling at this point will help you decide what your preference will be so grab a fork and start sampling!
  • If the salad is too thick and rich for your liking, stir in a couple tablespoons milk to thin it out. This part is optional.
  • This salad is always much better the next day after the flavors have had a chance to meld. This is when I usually add milk to loosen it up a bit.
  • Before serving, plate or dish up the salad and sprinkle cashew pieces on top of individual servings. DO NOT put the cashew pieces on the entire salad and refrigerate - - this will cause the cashew pieces to become soft and rubbery and nobody wants that! I just set the can of cashews on the table and let guests help themselves.
  • Sit back and enjoy your sweat free cold summer salad!
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