Poppy Seed, Grape & Chicken Pasta Salad is a fresh and delicious salad recipe loaded with juicy grapes, chewy cranberries and golden raisins, crunchy almonds , tender chicken and a creamy poppy seed dressing for the perfect side dish at any party. If you are looking for something different to bring to your next potluck, be sure and give this salad a try!
I have been enjoying a nice vacations from work the last eleven days. With the holidays, our office was closed so I got to take some time off. It was great timing after all of the craziness from the holidays and countless photo shoots. I got a chance to re-charge as well as get some things done around the house.
This morning, my vacation came to a sad, sad end. My alarm clock went off at 6:30am and I begrudgingly rolled out of bed and got ready for the day. Instead of comfy yoga pants and sweats like the last week and a half, it was time to find my dress pants at the bottom of the dresser drawer.
So, I made my way to work in my grown-up clothes…and FROZE my butt off! Holy heck, why did my first day back at work after vacation have to be the COLDEST day this winter. It was -10°F and that didn’t account for the strong winds. It didn’t help that I forgot a scarf and gloves because I was apparently out of practice for leaving the house. Man oh man, what I wouldn’t have given to stay cuddled up in my warm bed this morning!
If weather like this continues, I can promise that there will be lots of slow cooker and comfort food coming your way, because a girl needs to find some way to warm up with temps like these. But on the bright side, at least I know that I have some of this amazing salad to enjoy for lunch at work this week!
Poppy Seed, Grape & Chicken Pasta Salad
Poppy Seed, Grape & Chicken Pasta Salad is a fresh and delicious salad recipe loaded with juicy grapes, chewy cranberries and golden raisins, crunchy almonds , tender chicken and a creamy poppy seed dressing for the perfect side dish at any party.
- 1 1/2 c. Kraft Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
- 1 c. mayonaisse
- 1 Tbsp. Champagne vinegar, substitute apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 16 oz. box cavatappi pasta, prepared al dente
- 2 c. chicken, cooked and cubed
- 4 c. grapes, halved
- 1 c. dried cranberries
- 1 c. golden raisins
- 1 c. sliced almonds
- 2/3 c. green onions, diced
- In a large bowl, whisk the first four ingredients. Fold in the remaining ingredients and refrigerate for two hours. Serve cold.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 10 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 643Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 650mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 4gSugar: 40gProtein: 13g
Provided nutrition data is only an estimate. If you are tracking these nutrients for medical purposes, please consult an outside, trusted source.
Adapted from Cashew Chicken Rotini Salad
I love this pasta salad! I made it for a baby shower and it was a huge hit and I had family asking for the recipe! I use diced turkey from the deli instead of chicken and it tastes wonderful
This looks fantastic! I love that you added cranberries and raisins. We sometimes add mandarin oranges to ours! Thanks for the recipe! We will be fixing it!
What salad dressing can I use as an alternative to the Kraft Poppy Seed Dressing as I can not get it here?
I have bought every other ingredient and was hoping to make for Christmas Lunch???
Danielle - The Creative Bite says
You can use any creamy poppy seed dressing, the flavor might just be a tad different.
rose Ann parker says
I cannot find champagne vinegar what else can aperson use thank u
Danielle Green says
You can use red wine or apple cider vinegar.
Kimberly Scruggs says
Could I substitute chickpeas(Garbanzo beans) for the chicken? I’m not a vegetarian and I know I could just leave out the chicken, but in my bridge club there are some who don’t eat meat and just thought the substitution would add something filling.
Danielle Green says
Hey Kimberly, I am not sure how well garbanzo beans would pair with this salad, but you could always give it a try. Perhaps you could try adding another nut such as pecans or walnuts for added protein instead?
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
This weather is brutal! Soon they will be calling this the polar vortex again. Loving this salad!