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Ultimate Chicken-Pasta Salad

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Sweet and savory chicken pasta salad is perfect for an easy dinner. Cherries give it a bit of tart sweetness, with almonds and celery giving a bit of crunch.

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Ingredients

  • DRESSING:
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • SALAD:
  • 1 (16 ounce) box gemelli pasta
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Details

Servings 1
Cooking time 150mins
Adapted from bettycrocker.com

Preparation

Step 1

In small bowl, mix dressing ingredients with wire whisk until well blended. Cover; refrigerate until ready to use.

Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain well.

In large bowl, mix cooked pasta, chicken, cherries and celery. Mix dressing mixture again with wire whisk to recombine; pour over salad and toss gently to coat. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours before serving to chill salad and blend flavors. Stir in almonds.

Expert Tips:
To toast almonds, spread on cookie sheet; bake at 350°F for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Make a day ahead; cover and refrigerate. Stir the salad before serving. If needed, add a tablespoon or two of milk to make it more creamy.

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