Sunday, July 17, 2011

Chicken Cashew Pasta Salad

This is a great summer main dish salad I found in my local paper.

Chicken Cashew Pasta Salad

8 ounces tri-color fusilli pasta, cooked, drained

1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup light soy sauce
1/3 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame chili oil
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons fresh ginger root, grated
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/3 cup green onions, sliced
1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
3 cups cooked, cubed chicken
1/2 cup salted cashews
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
6 cups fresh spinach, torn into small pieces (or baby spinach)

Prepare pasta, rinse in cold water; place in large bowl.

Whisk together the oils, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, ginger root and pepper for dressing and pour over pasta. Add onions and bell peppers and marinate overnight or a couple days, depending on when you need it. Just before serving add chicken, cashews, sesame seeds and spinach.

Julie's Notes: I used a 13.25 ounce box of whole wheat rotini pasta instead of the tri-color fussili. I also added a whole red pepper and substituted sweet onion for the green onion since I had that in the house.


  1. I love pasta salads and am always looking for new ones. This looks mouth watering! Thanks for sharing one that is new to me.

  2. Sounds so good and with different flavors than my regular pasta salads.