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Monday, September 20, 2010

Chicken Pasta Salad

My Aunt Sommer is one of the best cooks I know. Every time we get together as a family she always has some delicious dish to share. So at our annual family reunion it did not surprise me when she pulled out this amazing chicken pasta salad. It's everything you could want in a pasta salad. The crunch of the almonds, the sweetness of the fruit and the soft pasta all come together to form one big happy salad family. Perhaps my favorite part about this salad is it saves beautifully. If there are any leftovers (and that's a big IF) pop them in the fridge and it tastes just as good the next day. Most pasta salads go soggy or weird. Not this one. You're sure to get compliments with this salad-- that's if you are actually willing to share it!

Chicken Pasta Salad
12 oz Bow Tie noodles
1 cup grapes
1 cup mandarin oranges
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup craisins
1/2 cup celery (opt)
1/2 cup onion (opt)
1 cup canned chicken
3/4 cup mayo
salt and pepper to taste

Boil noodles until soft. Rinse in cold water and cool. Once cooled combine noodles, grapes, mandarin oranges, almonds, craisins, celery, onion, chicken and mayo. Mix until everything is coated. Add salt and pepper to taste.


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