Pasta Salad with Fruit and Vegetable Medley

    2 hours 45 minutes

    This is a pasta salad very different from the others! Great as a side dish at a barbecue, or just by itself as a light meal.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 3 cups bowtie pasta
    • 500ml bottled coleslaw dressing
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
    • 1 1/2 cups seedless green grapes, halved
    • 1 1/2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
    • 1 (230g) tin water chestnuts, drained and quartered
    • 2 cups thinly sliced celery
    • 1/2 cup thinly sliced spring onions
    • 2 cups cashew halves
    • 2 cups dried cranberries

    Preparation:35min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:2hours chilling  ›  Ready in:2hours45min 

    1. 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.
    2. In a medium bowl whisk together coleslaw dressing and mayonnaise.
    3. In a large bowl combine pasta, chicken, green grapes, red grapes, water chestnuts, celery and spring 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.

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    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.  -  27 Sep 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    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.  -  21 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This salad was delicious! I will definitely make it again. I modified it a little by adding 1 cup of mayo instead of ½ cup of mayo and ½ 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!  -  20 Jul 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)