Chicken Cashew Pasta Salad

    25 min

    A summer pasta salad that is perfect for picnics or garden barbecues. It has a slightly sweet, creamy dressing, and is loaded with chicken, cashews and crunchy veg. Pack the leftovers for lunch!

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    Serves: 6 

    • 175g pasta shells
    • 4 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
    • 300g mayonnaise or salad cream
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon vinegar
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 8 sticks celery, chopped
    • 1 small green pepper, chopped
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 3 skinless chicken breast fillets, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
    • 120g cashew halves

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water.
    2. In large bowl, combine dark brown soft sugar, mayonnaise, lemon juice, vinegar and salt. Toss dressing mixture with cooked pasta, celery, green pepper, onion and chicken. Chill until ready to serve. Mix in cashews just before serving.

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    Even after drastic modifications (sugar halved, mayo - 3 spoons) it was still too sweet for my taste, although my husband loved it. The selery worked here exceptionally good giving that extra crunchy freshness.  -  27 Nov 2017


    Love this recipe. Second time I made it, I toasted the cashews in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes so they would stay crunchy in the salad.  -  23 Jul 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I was striving for a "healthy" recipe but settled on this one. With slight modifications, it was the hit of the office potluck! I don't think celery adds much in taste so I used zuchinni, used real mayo (ugh on Miracle Whip!), added red grapes and left out the green peppers (too many people don't like peppers). My husband and I ate the salad the day I made it and it was only okay. However, after sitting 24 hours, it was truly great. Even though it was sweet, I had no complaints.  -  08 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)