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Cherry Chicken Pasta Salad

Cherry Chicken Pasta Salad

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A delightfully different chicken salad.

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Original recipe yields 16 servings



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  • Calories:
  • 431 kcal
  • 22%
  • Fat:
  • 28.5 g
  • 44%
  • Carbs:
  • 32.9g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 11.4 g
  • 23%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Sodium:
  • 416 mg
  • 17%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain and rinse under cold water.
  2. Combine chicken, cherries, celery, almonds, and pasta together in a large bowl. Whisk mayonnaise, confectioners' sugar, water, vinegar, poppy seeds, salt, and black pepper together in a separate bowl; fold dressing into chicken-pasta mixture.
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So yummy! I was short on time and ingredients, so substituted craisins for dried cherries, walnuts for almonds and red wine vinegar for champagne vinegar. I also didn't have poppy seeds. However was very easy and quick to make (made 1 hour before a potluck). I will definitely be making this again!!!!!


This was pretty good but could be stepped up a notch. The quantity of the vinegar is so small that it doesn't seem to really help the flavor, it was instead lost-next time I will cut out the water and use all champagne vinegar instead. I think sweet onion would be a nice addition to the flavors, too. Also, I think using blanched almonds would be best. I used whole almonds that I cut in half and toasted (all I had on hand) and when I pulled lunch from the fridge (made 2 servings to take for lunch), the almond skins had discolored the pasta a little. Will make again with these minor changes!


Very good recipe - will definitely make again. Used what I had on hand and needed to use up; added 1 yellow pepper and a small red onion. Didn't have almonds so used pecans. Used 3 T red wine vinegar instead of the 2 T water & 1 T. champagne vinegar. Didn't have poppy seed as well. Will make again.