Ultimate Chicken-Pasta Salad
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.
- 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
- 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
Cooking time 150mins
Adapted from bettycrocker.com
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.
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.