Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fruity Chicken Pasta Salad



There is nothing quite like the beauty and bounty of summer.



Breakfast on the patio, the contented chirping of birds and the rustling of leaves.

Warm evenings, cool drinks, and time spent living in the moment.



But with the summer also comes heat, and what could be better on a hot summer evening than cold glazed ham and my recipe for Fruity Chicken Pasta Salad?

It was created after much trial and error of getting the pasta, and dressing consistency just right

All who have tried it give it a big thumbs up.

I hope you enjoy...

Fruity Chicken Pasta Salad
For Printable Recipe click HERE



Ingredients

5 strips of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1/3 cup toasted slivered almonds
2 grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or 2 cups white chicken meat)
4 green onions, sliced
4 stalks celery, diced
1 large grated carrot
one small tin mandarin oranges
450 grams rotini noodles (16 0z pkg)

Prepare your vegetables, bacon, and almonds.

Set aside.

Meanwhile, boil the rotini noodles in well salted water just until al dente (app 7-8 minutes)

As soon as they are al dente, drain and place into a large bowl of cold ice water to halt the cooking process.

In another large bowl, mix together your dressing.

Dressing

2 cups Hellmans mayonaisse
One small container fruit yogurt (I like to use French vanilla with mango or peach on the bottom but any fruit based yogurt will do)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 cup milk

When the dressing is ready, throw in the pasta, followed by the rest of the ingredients.



Mix everything together well and then refrigerate for at least six hours. The flavours get better the longer you wait.

Then enjoy! This salad goes great with my recipe for glazed ham.

The perfect picnic fare!!



Until next time...

Bippity!

Boppity!

Boo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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3 comments:

  1. Looks and sounds YUMMY! I am going to try this! Off to the beach for a week with 5 other girls. Poor Joe home alone for a week:):) I did leave a short "honey do" list:):) I'll try this when I get back! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. I love that it is fruity!!! More healthy! I love your blog and recipe. If you wont mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your post. Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post so it will appear in the Foodista pages and it's all set, Thanks!

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  3. I will do that Christine, thankyou!

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