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Chicken Apple Pasta Salad

I grew up surrounded by family who loved to cook and have some great recipes.  Most family gatherings always involved food.  One party my Aunt Lisa brought a brand new dish and just raved about it.  When she said it was Chicken Apple Salad I remember thinking it was just weird!  Who ever thought to eat chicken and apples together?

A great spring and summer pasta salad recipe!  Chicken Apple Pasta Salad for the win!  |  mynameissnickerdoodle.com

I was only 13 at the time so I know I hadn’t experienced much!  I remember my mom giving me that look like “Be polite and take some.”.  I did and instantly fell in love with it!  The chicken and apples work really well together.  Plus the grapes and celery give it some great crunch. 

A great spring and summer pasta salad recipe!  Chicken Apple Pasta Salad for the win!  |  mynameissnickerdoodle.com

The original salad only had mayo, salt and pepper for the dressing.  I’ve amped it up a bit, making the dressing a little more tangy and creamy! 

Chicken Apple Pasta Salad recipe.  A perfect spring and summer salad!  |  mynameissnickerdoodle

Chicken Apple Pasta Salad
Printable Version

Ingredients
12 oz corkscrew pasta
2 cups red seedless grapes, sliced in half
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
2 medium granny smith apples,
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
2 TBSP honey
2 TBSP white vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp poppy seeds

Directions
1.  Cook pasta according to package directions.
2.  Rinse in cold water and drain well.
3.  Core apples and cut into bite size pieces.
4.  In a large bowl mix together pasta, chicken, grapes, celery and apples.
5.  In a small bowl whisk together remaining ingredients and pour over pasta.
6.  Toss until well combined.
7.  Serve immediately.
8.  Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

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