Best ever pasta salad is one of my family’s favorite salads and meals. We love to put it on croissants making a fantastic Chicken Salad Sandwich, or eat it by itself as a Salad. 

I have one child who doesn’t care for grapes so you can always make the salad and put grapes in some and not in the other half, or you can add chest nuts or leave them out whatever you prefer. I love it all and so most of the time, I add everything on the list.

We really enjoy this salad in the summer, as sometimes you just do not want to eat a hot dinner. I really think that you are going to love this salad!

 

Best Ever Pasta Salad

 

What Ingredients Do I Need For Best Ever Pasta Salad?

Salad:

  • Shell macaroni
  • Cooked chicken
  • Water chestnuts (optional)
  • Celery
  • Seedless grapes
  • Apples 
  • Green onions
  • Slivered almonds

Dressing:

  • Kraft Cole Slaw Dressing
  • Mayonnaise

 

How Do I Make Best Ever Pasta Salad?

Salad:

  • Cook pasta according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Remove from heat and place the noodles into a strainer, running cold water over the noodles.
  • Mix together, cooled macaroni, cooked chicken, chestnuts, celery, grapes, apples, green onions and the almonds.

Dressing:

  • In a medium bowl, combine the dressing and mayonnaise together.
  • Pour over the salad and mix until well coated.
  • Cover the salad and chill for at least 1 hour.
  • Serve with croissants or with a dinner roll.

 

 

Tips and Tricks For Best Ever Pasta Salad?

  • If you do not have slivered almonds, use sliced, as you can see that I did in the picture.
  • Some people prefer the large pasta and that is what I used in the picture, but I actually prefer the middle sized shell noodles.
  • Serve as a Salad, or as a filling for Croissant Sandwiches.

 

 

More Salads Made With Pasta For You:

Shrimp Macaroni Salad

Oriental Chicken Salad

Macaroni Salad

Easy Avocado Quinoa Salad

Frog Eye Salad

 

Yield: 10 people

Best Ever Pasta Salad

Best Ever Pasta Salad

Best ever pasta salad is one of my family's favorite salads. We also love it on a croissant. It's a nice salad for a special occasion.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 2 cups uncooked shell macaroni (Measure, cook and cool) I like medium
  • 3-4 cups cooked chicken (diced)
  • 1 cup water chestnuts (drained and finely chopped) optional
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 cups seedless grapes (I like red)
  • 2 cups apples (diced with the peeling)
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped green onions
  • 1 cup slivered almonds

Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup Kraft Cole Slaw Dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

Instructions

    Salad:

    1. Cook pasta according to manufacturer's directions.
    2. Remove from heat and place the noodles into a strainer, running cold water over the noodles (this will help your kitchen pipes from breaking from the hot water).
    3. Mix together, cooled macaroni, cooked chicken, chestnuts, celery, grapes, apples, green onions and the almonds.

    Dressing:

    1. In a medium bowl, combine the dressing and mayonnaise together.
    2. Pour over the salad and mix until well coated.
    3. Cover the salad and chill for at least 1 hour.
    4. Serve with croissants or with a dinner roll.
    5. Store extra salad in the refrigerator with a lid.

    Nutrition Information

    Yield

    10

    Serving Size

    1

    Amount Per Serving Calories 713Total Fat 49gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 36gCholesterol 166mgSodium 417mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 3gSugar 12gProtein 43g

     

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