Party Chicken and Pasta Salad

Blend an Asian-influenced dressing to accent a spectacular mix of fresh vegetables, fruits, and tender chicken.

  • prep time 40 min
  • total time 40 min
  • ingredients 15
  • servings 12

Ingredients

Salad

5
cups uncooked rotini pasta (16 oz)
4
cups cubed cooked chicken
1
cup thinly sliced celery
1/2
cup chopped green onions
12
oz fresh snow pea pods, trimmed, halved crosswise
2
cups seedless red and/or green grapes, halved
1
can (8 oz) pineapple tidbits in unsweetened juice, drained, reserving liquid
1
cup slivered almonds, toasted if desired
6
to 8 leaves leaf lettuce

Dressing

1
cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
2
tablespoons finely chopped fresh gingerroot
1
teaspoon garlic salt
2
tablespoons reserved pineapple liquid
2
tablespoons soy sauce
2
tablespoons honey
  • 1 Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix remaining salad ingredients except almonds and lettuce. In small bowl, mix dressing ingredients.
  • 3 Add pasta and 1/2 cup of the almonds to salad; stir gently to mix. Add dressing; toss to coat. Line serving bowl or platter with lettuce. Spoon salad over lettuce. Sprinkle with remaining almonds.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    520
    (
    Calories from Fat
    210),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    23g
    23%
    (Saturated Fat
    3 1/2g,
    3 1/2%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    45mg
    45%;
    Sodium
    580mg
    580%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    54g
    54%
    (Dietary Fiber
    5g
    5%
      Sugars
    13g
    13%
    ),
    Protein
    23g
    23%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    20%;
    Vitamin C
    30%;
    Calcium
    6%;
    Iron
    20%;
    Exchanges:
    2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    3 1/2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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