Rating: 4.68 stars
163 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 129
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1

This is a great summer pasta salad for barbeques and more. It has a slightly sweet, creamy dressing, and is loaded with chicken, cashews, and crunchy veggies.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

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

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  • 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 rinse with cold water.

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  • In large bowl, combine brown sugar, salad dressing, lemon juice, vinegar and salt. Toss dressing mixture with cooked pasta, celery, green pepper, onion and chicken. Chill until ready to serve. Mix in cashews just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

499 calories; protein 20.6g; carbohydrates 53g; fat 23.6g; cholesterol 44.7mg; sodium 545.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (124)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2003
Love this recipe. Second time I made it I toasted the cashews in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes so they would stay crunchy in the salad. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/10/2011
this was okay. the sauce was indeed sweet the same day and improved the next day. It didn't get rave reviews from the family. Read More
(3)
163 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 129
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2003
Love this recipe. Second time I made it I toasted the cashews in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes so they would stay crunchy in the salad. Read More
(41)
Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2003
I was striving for a "healthy" recipe but settled on this one. With slight modifications it was the hit of the office potluck! I don't think celery adds much in taste so I used zuchinni used real mayo (ugh on Miracle Whip!) added red grapes and left out the green peppers (too many people don't like peppers). My husband and I ate the salad the day I made it and it was only okay. However after sitting 24 hours it was truly great. Even though it was sweet I had no complaints. Read More
(39)
Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2003
One of my new favorite pasta salad recipes! Very tasty! I also added a 1/2 bell red pepper for some color and I cooked the chicken by frying in a pan with 1 TBLS of butter and lightly seasoning it with lemon pepper. Even my PICKY brother-in-law (age 15) was impressed and helped himself to seconds. Plan to make many times esspecially this summer! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2006
I LOVE This! I seasoned the chicken breasts with salt and lemon pepper and then placed them in a plastic bowl and covered with water and then placed a chicken bouillion cube in. Covered with plastic wrap and microwaved for 13 minutes. After this was done and cooled I cut into cubes for this salad. I was out of Miracle Whip so I used 1/2 cup of low fat Marzetti's and 1/2 cup of low fat mayo. I used 1/2 onion and sliced a green onion for color. This is so so so tasty! It is very sweet and oniony. Thanks so much for this recipe my oldest son and I can't get enough of this! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2007
I really liked the idea of this recipe and made a few modifications. I wanted to make a salad for sandwiches so I omitted the pasta. The cashews were substituted for pecans which I toasted. It was delicious and I am making it again right now. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2003
everybody loves this one...i'm not crazy about onions so just put a bunch of onion powder in there. i've also made it without the peppers. i've taken it to parties/poker nite etc. and have learned to take the cashews with me and put them in at the last minute...they get soggy if you don't. definately a winner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2006
this was GREAT!!! just what I was looking for. I added only 1 stalk of celery and 1 cup of halved grapes for variation. D E L I C I O U S!!! have already made it 3 times in 2 weeks. YUM Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2003
great recipe and easy to make. I took out the celery but added sliced red grapes. The grapes are a great addition to the recipe. Will make again! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2009
THE BEST!!! Looking through the old recipes in my recipe box I see that I started making this in the summer of '03. And I still make it often today. I'm not a huge fan of pasta salad but this is really really good. The only change I've made is that I usually leave the cashews out. Don't want to risk someone at a party having a nut allergy. For the chicken I usually use the "Cajun Chicken" recipe from this site and grill it on my foreman. I make it the day before and have even made quadruple batches on a Friday night to cover all the BBQ's over a long holiday weekend. It's expected of me to bring it at summer gatherings and people actually seem disappointed if I don't. Read More
(10)
Rating: 3 stars
06/10/2011
this was okay. the sauce was indeed sweet the same day and improved the next day. It didn't get rave reviews from the family. Read More
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