Creamy Chicken and Cashew Pasta Salad

    25 minutes

    A perfect accompaniment to your next barbecue this salad is packed with chicken, cashew nuts, pasta, capsicum and celery in a creamy dressing.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 2 cups seashell pasta
    • 1/4 cup (50g) brown sugar
    • 1 cup (250ml) creamy salad dressing
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
    • 1 pinch salt, to taste
    • 2 cups diced celery
    • 1/2 cup diced green capsicum
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 3 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
    • 1 cup cashew halves

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

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

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    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.  -  23 Jul 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    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.  -  08 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    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!  -  21 Jun 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)