Just because this salad is wearing bow ties, doesn’t mean it’s snooty. This is my absolute favorite summer salad, chock full of savory chicken and green onions, then plenty of sweet, sweet crunch with apples, grapes, and pineapple, all married with al dente bow tie pasta and a sweet creamy dressing. Mmmm! I make a batch and then find myself sneaking to the fridge at every opportunity to sneak a quick bite. I love it because it tastes light enough to be a side dish, but hearty enough to be a main course! This recipe makes a lot and will last for several days (or one large party). Perfect for upcoming summer barbecues, potlucks, and picnics. Enjoy!
Sweet Summer Bow Tie Salad
6 cups cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
1 (16 oz.) package bow tie pasta, cooked to al dente
1 bunch green onions, cleaned and sliced
1 bottle coleslaw salad dressing
2 cups mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste
1 (20 oz.) can pineapple tidbits, drained
1 cup chopped celery
1 lb. red seedless grapes, halved
4 small crisp apples
1 cup slivered almonds
In an extra large mixing bowl combine chicken, pasta, onions, coleslaw dressing, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Chill until ready to serve. Right before serving, stir in pineapple, celery, grapes, apples, and almonds. Serve chilled.
HINT: Simply this recipe even more by using a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from your local store!
HINT: Can’t find coleslaw dressing? Check the produce section, near the prepared coleslaw.
The summer salad season has me so excited. Check out my Fresh Corn Salad (so simple!), and my Favorite Chicken Salad, perfect for sandwiches and road trips!
What’s your favorite summer salad? Share your ideas!