The sweetness of the dressing and cranberries along with the savory of the onions and celery, makes this a wonderfully refreshing salad. Great to take along to picnics or potlucks.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the penne pasta, and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, and rinse under cold water until the pasta is cold; drain well.

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  • Place the drained penne pasta into a large mixing bowl, and stir in the chicken, celery, cranberries, and green onions. Pour in the salad dressing and lemon juice; stir until evenly mixed.

Nutrition Facts

358 calories; 14.9 g total fat; 24 mg cholesterol; 231 mg sodium. 44.6 g carbohydrates; 9.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (19)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2011
Very Good. I used shredded chicken instead of cubes. Also added some toasted slivered almonds minced red onion and minced red and orange bell pepper. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/12/2013
Way to sweet. Read More
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2011
Very Good. I used shredded chicken instead of cubes. Also added some toasted slivered almonds minced red onion and minced red and orange bell pepper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2011
Very Good. I used shredded chicken instead of cubes. Also added some toasted slivered almonds minced red onion and minced red and orange bell pepper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/15/2008
Sounded great so I chose to make it for a cookout. Yum! I did add to it tho - Cheese that I cubed sliced olives then I cut up (small pieces)steamed broccoli - cooled. I added a little more dressing since I added more veggies (& broccoli soaks up liquid!)So delicious and I was asked to make for Memorial Day Cookout as well! I might add slightly sauteed zucchini &/or summer squash next time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2010
this was soooo good. a nice change from traditional pasta salad. I added a few slivered almonds for a little more crunch. easy to make also. big hit at the picnic (and no mayo to worry about in the heat). i also used the rotisserie chicken from the store Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
This was a fabulous dish! I made it for my sister and a picnic her boyfriend was planning for her. I read the reviews and decided to add the juice of one fresh lemon to 2 1/2 cups of dressing. I reserved 1/2 cup for right before serving to moisten the salad. Harris Teeter also has precooked packages of grilled chicken that made this recipe even easier. I am thinking about trying to add lemon zest next time. I am always looking for different and unique pasta salad recipes. This one is definitely a keeper! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2009
I couldn't stop eating this.It's the best pasta salad I've made.The guys at work wanted the recipe.I used Kraft Creamy Poppyseed dressing.I used toasted almonds omitted thecelery.I'm going to add some crumbled bacon next time maybe a little cheese with some bite to it.I will make this again and again.Great taste for so few ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2010
Followed the recipe exactly turn out great very good! I've made this a few times and every time I have lots of requests for the recipe Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/14/2010
We don't eat much meat so I used garbanzo beans instead of chicken. Every last bite was gone! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2010
This was awesome!! I made it exactly like the recipe. No need for any changes. I was afraid I made too much for my family of four but it didn't last long in the fridge!! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2009
i love this recipe! i've made it many times and it's nice for outdoors picnics because there's no mayo it doesnt need refrigeration (of course overnight it's better). I omit the lemon juice and celery and add crushed walnuts. I also ran a bit short on the dressing so keep that in mind. one downside (and there's no way to avoid it) is that it doesn't refrigerate that well... it's fine for a day or two but the penne really soaks up the dressing and it can get a little dry. just keep that in mind because this makes a lot of yummy salad! Read More
(7)
Rating: 1 stars
07/12/2013
Way to sweet. Read More