Dried Cherry-Nut Chicken Pasta Salad (TNT)

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Dried Cherry-Nut Chicken Pasta Salad (TNT)

Post by pstarkoski on Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:36 am

This is a really great and quick and easy dinner to make...especially if you have some leftover chicken (or turkey)....

Dried Cherry-Nut Chicken Pasta Salad

"Sweetened dried cherries, toasted almonds and bow tie pasta turn ordinary chicken salad into something pretty special"

7 oz. (3 cups) uncooked bow tie pasta (farfalle)
2 cups diced cooked chicken
1/2 cup sliced celery
1 (3.53-oz.) package sweetened dried cherries
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup apple juice
3 TBSP sugar
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. celery salt
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp. poppy seeds
Cook pasta to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, chicken, celery and cherries; mix well.
In blender container, combine vinegar, apple juice, sugar, dry mustard and celery salt; blend until well mixed. With blender running, slowly add oil; blend until thick. Add mayonnaise and poppy seeds; blend on low speed just until mixed.
Pour dressing over salad; toss gently to coat. Fold in almonds.
Serve immediately or chilled.

Recipe source: The Apple Dumpling Gang yahoo group, submitted by Kim.


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