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Autumn Pasta Salad

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Autumn Pasta Salad
15 Min

Pasta salad isn't just for summer -- it's perfect for fall, too! Tonight, for a novel autumn meal, why not try this hearty Autumn Pasta Salad filled with rotisserie chicken, apples, and pears?

What You'll Need

  • 1 (8-ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup chopped cooked rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup chopped apples
  • 1 cup chopped pears
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied walnuts
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

What to Do

  1. In a medium pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta to desired doneness; drain well and cool. (Rinse with cold water to cool quickly; drain well.)
  2. In a large bowl, combine cooled pasta, the chicken, apples, pears, cranberries, celery, and candied walnuts; mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, maple syrup, vinegar, and salt; blend well. Pour mayonnaise mixture over pasta mixture; toss lightly then serve immediately.

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Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 6

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 452
  • Calories from Fat 178
  • Total Fat 20g 30 %
  • Saturated Fat 2.2g 11 %
  • Trans Fat 0.0g 0 %
  • Protein 12g 24 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 31mg 10 %
  • Sodium 715mg 30 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 57g 19 %
  • Dietary Fiber 3.6g 14 %
  • Sugars 21g 0 %

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I know I am being picky, but the recipe calls for elbow macaroni. If you look at the picture, it is not elbow macaroni that was used. Cavatappi was used. Cavatappi is spiral and has a ridged texture to allow the pasta to hold onto more sauces/dressings. You can clearly see the spirals and ridges in the picture.

I made it without the chicken for a wedding and it turned out great. I also tried it with pecans and raisins still great.

very good recipe wont let me share it to FB !


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made this for a pot luck and it was a big hit, everyone ate it up!

Delicious !!

sounds great Im going to try this for my husband birthday bar B Q

Delicious and so easy. Lots of compliments at church's covered dish lunch.


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