Monday, March 12, 2012

Prepare Today Homemade-Chicken Cashew Pasta Salad

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This is one of those go-to recipes when I don't know what to make for dinner.  It is easy to make and it's one of my children's favorite meals.  It is a perfect summer salad because you don't have to heat up your kitchen. 

 Chicken Cashew Pasta Salad

12 oz small macaroni
2 chicken breasts, cubed (we also love this with 1 can of tuna)
2 C halved red grapes (or freeze-dried grapes)
2/3 C chopped green onion (great way to use the ones growing on your windowsill
2 C chopped apple (dehydrated apple works too, just toss in, no need to rehydrate)
1 C mayo
1/2 C coleslaw dressing
1/4 C milk
salt & pepper to taste
1 C cashews

Cook the pasta according to package directions and rinse with cold water.  Mix the chicken, grapes, apple, and green onion in a bowl, add the cooled pasta.  Stir together the mayo, coleslaw dressing (I actually just use a little bit more mayo and about a T of sugar instead of the coleslaw dressing) Pour dressing over the pasta mixture and stir until combined.  Cover and chill before serving.  Add the cashews just before serving.  (keep nuts in a mason jar and seal with a foodsaver to keep them from going rancid.  The freezer works as well)

Ok, this picture is totally gross!  A blob of fat laden mayo on top of pasta...BUT.....

...Have you tried this mayo yet??  It is made with olive oil and it only has 3g of fat per serving.  I feel so much better serving this to my family than regular old mayo. 


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