Everyone always loves this delicious pasta salad combining fruit, crunchy cashews, scallions, celery, and water chestnuts with chicken. You can't go wrong with this recipe!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain, and set aside.

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  • In a medium bowl, whisk together coleslaw dressing, mayonnaise, and creamy salad dressing.

  • In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken, green grapes, red grapes, water chestnuts, celery, and green onions. Stir in dressing, and mix well. Place the salad in the refrigerator to marinate for 2 hours, or overnight. Mix in cashews and dried cranberries just before serving. Serve cold.

Nutrition Facts

929 calories; 50.3 g total fat; 85 mg cholesterol; 695 mg sodium. 87.9 g carbohydrates; 36.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2009
I liked this salad but would definitely do differently next time. I prepared this one late night. Had put the cooked chicken cooked pasta grapes and green onions in a bowl with every intention to make that night. However I ended up going to bed early. The next night I mixed the cole slaw & mayo ( I omitted miracle whip-instead added extra 1/4 cup mayo and 1/2 tbsp of lawry's seasoning) and added the mayo mixture to the cold pasta then added cranberries & pecans. It looked so yummy I decided to eat some then and it was delicious! However I made this for the next day and as the recipe suggest I let it marinate overnight the next day it was a let down! The flavors just "fell flat". I would suggest prepping the salad chilling overnight then adding the dressing! Also make sure you add the cranberries right before serving as they will turn your salad a grayish color. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/21/2008
I took a couple of stars off for the recipe as written here. Since I think Miracle Whip is incredibly gross I made my own creamy dressing with mayo sour cream dijon mustard honey garlic fig vinegar and bit of worcestershire sauce; limited celery and diced it rather than sliced so it wasn't so overpowering; I also used half the grapes indicated; and toasted the cashews. it was fabulous. Read More
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48 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2009
I liked this salad but would definitely do differently next time. I prepared this one late night. Had put the cooked chicken cooked pasta grapes and green onions in a bowl with every intention to make that night. However I ended up going to bed early. The next night I mixed the cole slaw & mayo ( I omitted miracle whip-instead added extra 1/4 cup mayo and 1/2 tbsp of lawry's seasoning) and added the mayo mixture to the cold pasta then added cranberries & pecans. It looked so yummy I decided to eat some then and it was delicious! However I made this for the next day and as the recipe suggest I let it marinate overnight the next day it was a let down! The flavors just "fell flat". I would suggest prepping the salad chilling overnight then adding the dressing! Also make sure you add the cranberries right before serving as they will turn your salad a grayish color. Read More
(46)
Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2009
I liked this salad but would definitely do differently next time. I prepared this one late night. Had put the cooked chicken cooked pasta grapes and green onions in a bowl with every intention to make that night. However I ended up going to bed early. The next night I mixed the cole slaw & mayo ( I omitted miracle whip-instead added extra 1/4 cup mayo and 1/2 tbsp of lawry's seasoning) and added the mayo mixture to the cold pasta then added cranberries & pecans. It looked so yummy I decided to eat some then and it was delicious! However I made this for the next day and as the recipe suggest I let it marinate overnight the next day it was a let down! The flavors just "fell flat". I would suggest prepping the salad chilling overnight then adding the dressing! Also make sure you add the cranberries right before serving as they will turn your salad a grayish color. Read More
(46)
Rating: 3 stars
09/21/2008
I took a couple of stars off for the recipe as written here. Since I think Miracle Whip is incredibly gross I made my own creamy dressing with mayo sour cream dijon mustard honey garlic fig vinegar and bit of worcestershire sauce; limited celery and diced it rather than sliced so it wasn't so overpowering; I also used half the grapes indicated; and toasted the cashews. it was fabulous. Read More
(42)
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2007
This salad was delicious! I will definitely make it again. I modified it a little by adding 1 cup of mayo instead of cup of mayo and cup of Miracle Whip (I m not a fan of Miracle Whip) I excluded the red grapes and put only one cup of dried cranberries in it. I used a rotisserie chicken for ease. I love recipes like this very flavorful and looks great too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2008
Wonderful. Took to a family gathering and loved it. Although I added 1 cup of miracle whip 1 cup of coconut 1 can of mandarin oranges and 1 can pineapple tidbits- awesome!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/23/2008
This was good. I ended up using a whole box of pasta (12oz) because there seemed to be a lot of dressing (and I still didn't make up all the dressing). I did think that next time I'll either put cranberries OR grapes--but not both. I used pecans because that was what I had on hand (I think cashews may have worked better with the flavor combo of this recipe). With a few changes to reflect our personal tastes this will make a nice summer pasta salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2008
This recipe is great!! I'm on my second batch in a week. My husband LOVES this! We like a drier salad so I just used the poppyseed dressing and 1/2 mayo and it was just enough. Definitely a keeper Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2009
This salad is fabulous! I tried it at a luncheon and loved it so much that I requested the recipe something I rarely do. The only real change it that our recipe also includes 10 0z.pineapple tidbits. The pinapple is a nice touch! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2010
This is a great salad -- I serve a green salad with these same components but I'd never thought to turn them into a salad using pasta! I used "Eating Right Light Poppyseed and Caramelized Onion" salad dressing instead of the coleslaw dressing since I use this with the green salad I make and stock up on it when on special. It is very figure friendly although you'd never guess it was! I don't keep Miracle Whip on hand and since the dressing is plenty sweet i just added light mayo to the right consistency. And if you want to be really decadent add a little crisp bacon (freshly fried and drained) and a little goat cheese!!! Serve on a bead of greens and you've gone to heaven! I've had a lot of fun with this recipe as I'm a salad fanatic! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2007
this is my kind of recipe. i have a hard time includind any fruit in my dinners. Read More
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