April 17, 2014

Colleen's Chicken Pasta Salad with Grapes

I have a great friend who has THE BEST recipes, and she has been willing to share some of them with me. In fact, I've gotten so many good recipes from her that I have to set up her only section of recipe deliciousness here in the blog!  This is a recipe she brought to a party and I definitely fell in love with it. I've made it several times now and it's always a hit!
Thank you Colleen for making me happy!


CHICKEN PASTA SALAD 

1 ( 16 oz.) box bow tie pasta
2 c. cooked chicken, chopped 
(or 1 (10 oz.)can chicken, drained and chopped)
4 celery stocks, and chopped
1 ½ Tbsp. sweet onion, finely diced
1-2 bunches red grapes, sliced in 1/2 
1 (8 oz.)can sliced water chestnuts, drained and cut in half
1 ( 8 oz.) can pineapple tidbits, drained
2 Fuji apples, peeled and chopped

Cook the pasta as directed on the package, until just al dente.  Rinse under cold water until pasta has cooled to room temp.
In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients, mix salad dressing, pour over salad and stir well.  
Chill for a minimum of 4 hours.

Dressing
1 (16oz.)bottle coleslaw dressing
1 cup mayonnaise

Whisk together until well incorporated.
Note:  The first time I made this recipe, I used the Kraft Coleslaw dressing and I really didn't care for it at all.  Since then I've been using Hidden Valley Ranch coleslaw and I love it.


As you can see in the photo's, I sliced my grapes into quarters because they were huge!




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