Baby Shower Fare: Pineapple Chicken Pasta Salad
Posted on August 13, 2011 by Lindsey Mattson
This yummy Pineapple Chicken Salad is a welcome twist on the more standard salads typically served at baby showers. It’s chock-full of delicious fruits, which pair nicely with the savory chicken and pasta, giving this salad a refreshingly sweet flavor your guests will certainly appreciate.
Pineapple Chicken Pasta Salad
As with most pasta salad recipes, this chicken salad benefits from sitting a while (covered, in your refrigerator) after it’s all combined to let the flavors mingle a bit. If you don’t have time to prepare your salad ahead of time, don’t worry! It will still be perfectly delicious if served immediately after the dressing is mixed in.
1 ½ lb (3 cups) cooked, shredded chicken
1 lb rotini pasta, cooked al dente, and chilled
1 green onion, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits, drained, juice reserved
2 cups grapes, halved
2 cups mayonnaise
¼ cup reserved pineapple juice
1 cup heavy whipping cream
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp white vinegar
2 tsp poppy seeds
2 tsp sesame seeds
½ cup dried cranberries or cherries
In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients, mixing until well-combined. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients until well-combined. Toss the dressing with the mixed salad ingredients and refrigerate at least 1 hour, or until you are ready to serve.
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