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Cashew Chicken Rotini Salad

posted by Julie Evink on May 24, 2017

Cashew Chicken Rotini Salad ~ Loaded with Cashews, Grapes, Chicken, Pasta and Dried Cranberries! Perfect Pasta Salad Recipe for the Summer!

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This salad would be the perfect 4th of July side dish! Really, it’s perfect any time, all year round. Trust me, I make it all the time. Any gathering and I’ll volunteer to bring the side dish and this is my go to winner! Cashew Chicken Rotini Salad ~ Loaded with Cashews, Grapes, Chicken, Pasta and Dried Cranberries! Perfect Pasta Salad Recipe for the Summer!

I made this last weekend for Kinzee’s baptism. I needed two different salads to make and this was one of them. I’ll share the other one with you soon! I love the juicy grapes in it and crunchy cashews.

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Cashew Chicken Rotini Salad ~ Loaded with Cashews, Grapes, Chicken, Pasta and Dried Cranberries! Perfect Pasta Salad Recipe for the Summer!

We had a wonderful day for Kinzee’s baptism. It was gorgeous out. A true gift from God. Bless my mom’s heart she hosted the dinner after baptism. My house is the size of peanut and we all love each other but we would have had to sit on each other’s lap to all fit in it! She made the famous Sweet ‘n’ Sour Meatballs and they were a hit like usual. If you haven’t checked out this recipe you must!

I think this salad was also a hit because my sister-in-law asked after dinner, “Hey, is this going on your blog?” I love it when when I get asked for recipes to go on my blog!

Cashew Chicken Rotini Salad ~ Loaded with Cashews, Grapes, Chicken, Pasta and Dried Cranberries! Perfect Pasta Salad Recipe for the Summer!
If you are looking for a delicious pasta salad recipe that’s a little different than the norm you guys have to try this! It’s loaded with so many amazing flavors from the chicken, grapes, cranberries and cashews.
It is going to become your new favorite pasta salad recipe!
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Cashew Chicken Rotini Salad

Preparation 30 minutes Cook Time 00:12 Serves 16     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 oz) pkg rotini
  • 4 c. cubed chicken
  • 1 c. seedless green grapes, halved
  • 1 c. seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1 (5 oz) pkg dried cranberries
  • 1 c. ranch salad dressing
  • 3/4 c. mayonnaise
  • 2 c. salted cashews

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to packaged directions. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water.
  2. In a large bowl combine chicken, grapes and cranberries. Add pasta.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk ranch dressing and mayonnaise. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  4. Just before serving stir in cashews.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 460kcal Calories from fat 265
% Daily Value
Total Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 92mg4%
Carbohydrate 37g12%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 11g
Protein 13g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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    Comments

  • SJerZGirl


    I do like the sound of this one! I’m wondering if Parmesan dressing might work equally well. Have you tried any other dressing?

  • The Better Baker


    I’m not big on pasta dishes, but this one sounds soooo delicious! Love every single thing in it…may have to try it soon. Thanks so much for linking this up at Weekend Potluck! =)

  • Chrissy


    This sounds yummy. Any idea on the calorie count?

    • Julie Evink


      Sorry I’m not sure Chrissy!

      • Sally


        It says 460 calories under Nutrition Facts, but does not state the serving size.

  • 404


    You made some good points there. I checked on the web to learn more
    about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site.

  • Leslie


    Where is the sweet and sour meatball recipe? Can’t find it.

  • Gerald


    It looked good but then I saw you put ranch salad dressing in it. I hate ranch. Why does every one think that every one loves ranch. If I every make that I will just put in the mayo with out the ranch.

    • Brittany


      My mom makes a chicken salad recipe that has all these ingredients but for the sauce she uses half mayo and half sourcream… its super yummy worth a try

  • Alan


    Sounds really good, but really have an aversion to mayo. has anyone tried substituting with yogurt?

  • Ellen


    Cashew Chicken Rotini Salad comments:

    Very pricey salad! Are you sure it needs 2 cups of cashews…that is a lot…about $8.00 just for the cashews. Then, the chicken, grapes, cranberries are also pricey. After making it, I decided that 2/3 cup of cashews is adequate, and to make it better, cut back a bit on the pasta and added 1/3 cup sour cream. Though it is pricey to make AND used up many pots and pans and strainers/drainers, it looks good, but actually isn’t very flavorful.

    • Susie


      It might not have flavor anymore because you didn’t follow her recipe with your substitutions. I wouldn’t blame the recipe because you didn’t make her cashew chicken rotini salad. I never understand why people say, I did this and I did that then complain about the recipe. It’s because you did this and that! Gee wiz, people..

      • Robyn


        LOL I agree with Susie….so many people comment on recipes that oh it was so good…or not so good..but they changed this or that or didn’t add the same ingredients….really??

  • Dianna


    I have been making this salad for a couple of years now and it our go to favorite for spring and summer occasions. Make as directed… the ranch dressing does not stand out if you don’t like it. Look for Cashews on sale at Costco, Sam’s club or Wal-Mart… Make sure not to add the cashew until right before serving so they don’t get soft. yes, some what expensive but worth it! Thanks for this family favorite!

    • Julie Evink


      It is totally worth it! One of our family favorites too!

  • Toni


    It’d e nice to know what a serving size is.

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