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

Loaded with Cashews, Grapes, Chicken, Pasta and Dried Cranberries! Perfect Pasta Salad Recipe for the Summer!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 537kcal
Author: Julie Evink

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

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Notes

Why do I need to rinse my cooked pasta?
You will want to rinse the rotini after you prepare it for this Cashew Chicken Rotini Pasta salad to cool the temperature of the pasta down. It also helps keep the pasta loose for the pasta salad.
Can you make pasta salad the night before?
You can make this pasta salad the night before but some of the dressing will get soaked up into it. If you make it the night before you might need to add a little bit more dressing the next day if you want too!
Another quick tip is to toss your pasta in a little olive oil after you rinse it to help it from sticking and prevent it from soaking as much of the dressing up if you prepare it a day ahead.
How to store leftover pasta salad
Store your leftover pasta salad in an air tight container in the fridge or freezer.
How long does pasta salad last?
If you store your pasta salad properly in the fridge it will last 3-5 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 493mg | Potassium: 521mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2.6mg