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Chicken Pasta Salad For The Summer Win

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What’s the word I’m looking for here…oh yeah, it’s YUM! This chicken pasta salad will easily become a make-ahead and take-with-you dish all summer long. It’s the perfect blend of sweet with savory and a breeze to make. It can be mixed up ahead of time making summertime easy.

When the heat is on and you are headed to a cookout, potluck, lake time, or pool time, this Chicken Pasta Salad will be a hit. The chicken makes it a complete meal for the perfect summer lunch! But you can skip the chicken altogether for a great summer side dish when headed out potluck style.

Easy Peasy Pleasy Tips

  • Place canned items in the fridge. When I’m preparing a cold dish, I place the canned ingredients in the refrigerator to chill. Then they are at the perfect temperature to start the dish off cold.
  • Red grapes are usually small, so I skipped cutting them in half. It’s a time saver and still the perfect burst of sweetness.
  • Place ice in a throw-away pan, then place your dish in the ice to keep cool when outside on these hot summer days.
  • I always go for a rotisserie chicken when possible. They are still only $4.98 at Sam’s Club. The cooking is done and it’s a lot of chicken. I only needed to use half of the rotisserie chicken for this recipe.

 

Chicken Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 pound box rotini pasta
  • 1 (1 ounce) package Ranch dressing mix
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 3 cups cooked chicken breast
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • 2 cups red seedless grapes, halved
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained

Directions

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool. In a large bowl, combine Ranch dressing mix with mayonnaise. Stir in chicken, onion, celery, grapes, and pineapple. Add pasta and toss to coat. Gently stir in mandarin oranges. Chill until ready to serve.

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More Recipes Perfect For Summer

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Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs
Grape Salad
Greek Pasta Salad
Potato Salad
Macaroni Salad

Thank you to Suzann Floyd, in honor of Billie for a great Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe. There are over 800 recipes in the “What’s Cookin’ at First Security Vol. 2,” all submitted by employees and customers. Proceeds from the sales go to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance to help feed people across the state. You can purchase the cookbooks for $20 at any First Security Bank location.

For more recipes from the cookbook, click here.

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Well-known Arkansas food writer and recipe creator Lacie Ring was born and raised right here in Arkansas. Although her husband’s military career took them around the world, he and Lacie settled back in their home state. Lacie blogs at www.easypeasypleasy.com where she creates easy and delicious recipes for busy families. She is also a recipe creator and food photographer for brands local to Arkansas and abroad. In her spare time, Lacie enjoys spending time with her son and husband camping and enjoying the outdoors.

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