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Dried Cherry-Nut Chicken Pasta Salad

Dried Cherry-Nut Chicken Pasta Salad

  • 7 oz. (3 cups) uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1 (3.53-oz.) pkg. sweetened dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted


  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seed

Cook pasta to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.

In large bowl, combine cooked pasta, chicken, celery and cherries; mix well.

In blender container, combine vinegar, apple juice, sugar, dry mustard and celery salt; blend until well mixed. With blender running, slowly add oil; blend until thick. Add mayonnaise and poppy seed; blend on low speed just until mixed.

Pour dressing over salad; toss gently to coat. Fold in almonds.

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