My Favorite Pasta Salad

I’m not kidding when I say my family lives for this salad!

It stores great in the fridge for a few days and has become our camping & poolside go to meal.

One thing I love about recipes like this is how fresh they always taste, the amount of healthy ingredients I can jam in here, and I love that it takes me less than 5 minutes to throw it all together (minus the noodle cook time).

But even with the noodle cook time, this is a recipe that packs way more of a yummy punch than time it takes to throw together – so rare with recipes this basic.

The other nice thing about this is how you can customize it to suit your tastes! And it’s kid-friendly. Mine gobble this up! So check out the recipe and if you make it and share it on social media, be sure to tag me so I can see what you’ve made!

I know you’re going to love this salad as much as I do!!!

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If cooking this with gluten free noodles, it lasts a day max before the noodles get a weird texture. If making this with regular noodles, it will easily last 3-4 days in the fridge!

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Pasta Salad

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Ingredients

10 ounces elbow noodles, cooked according to package. We prefer ours cooked al dente
1 cup halved grapes
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 cups shredded chicken. I used 2 cans of Costco chicken in a pinch!
1 large can mandarin oranges, halved

Optional: add apples & almonds

Dressing:
Brianna’s Poppyseed dressing to taste.

 

Directions

Step 1: Prep all of your pasta salad ingredients by cooking the pasta, chopping the celery, grapes, chicken and mandarin oranges

Step 2: Combine all pasta salad ingredients in a large bowl. Mix.

Step 3: Add dressing to taste. I don’t really measure it. I just pour on a nice healthy coat all over the noodles. Less is more! The people who like a lot of sauce can add more to their bowls.

It stores great in the fridge for a few days**. This has become our camping & poolside go to meal.

If cooking this with gluten free noodles, it lasts a day max before the noodles get a weird texture. If making this with regular noodles, it will easily last 3-4 days in the fridge!

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. looks delish! also, you switching to a new bowl mid prep is the story of my life in the kitchen! haha…one day i’ll get it right on the first try!

  2. Do you have any substitutes for Brianna’s Poppyseed Dressing (without ordering it online)? Is there another brand with similar flavors, or a homemade version? I live in the middle of no-where in ND.

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