Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken, Apples, and Cheddar

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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 20 min.
This salad will be a hit at any potluck—crunchy pistachios and sharp cheddar cheese top a filling and tangy salad.


  • 8 oz linguine, cooked and cooled
  • 6 oz grilled chicken breast, thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tsp fresh, chopped tarragon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Dressing1 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Freshly ground pepper


  • Combine dressing ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • In large bowl, combine linguine, chicken, apple, dried cherries, celery, tarragon, and salt. Stir in dressing, mixing to combine and season with pepper.
  • Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours to combine flavors. To serve, top with chopped pistachios and cheddar cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 618
  Calories from Fat 398 (64%)
(69%)Total Fat 45g
(40%)Saturated Fat 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
(13%)Cholesterol 38mg
(37%)Sodium 891mg
(10%)Potassium 346mg
Total Carbohydrate 41g
(14%)Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 4g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(30%)Protein 15g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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