With pasta, chicken, sweet fruit, salty cashews, and a creamy dressing, every bite of this Cashew Chicken Pasta Salad is like a circus of flavors!
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: cashew chicken, Cashew Chicken Pasta Salad, pasta salad
16ouncepackage rotini pasta
1cupRanch salad dressing
4cupscubed cooked chicken breast
20ouncecan pineapple tidbits, drained
1cupseedless red grapes, sliced in half
1cupseedless green grapes, sliced in half
5ouncepackage dried cranberries
2cupsroasted and salted cashews
Cook pasta al dente according to package directions, then drain and rinse under cold water.
In the meantime, prep all your other ingredients.
In a large bowl whisk together the Ranch and mayonnaise. Add in the chicken, pineapple, celery, scallions, red grapes, green grapes, cranberries, and cooked pasta; toss to combine so everything is coated.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Just before serving stir in the cashews.
The longer pasta salad chills, the more it tends to dry out. I recommend either serving this right away, or chilling in the refrigerator for just 1-2 hours. It won’t be at all bad if it chills for longer, it just won’t be as creamy. Either way, though - DELISH.