Almost My Father’s Pasta Salad

Serves 8-12 as a side dish

Ingredients:

Salad:
-1 1/3 cups shredded or chopped cooked chicken
-1 cup halved seedless grapes
-1/3 cup finely diced celery
-1/4 cup chopped scallions (white and light green parts)
-4 ounces cheddar cheese (I used a goat’s milk cheddar), chopped into bite-size cubes
-1/4 cup salted roasted cashews
-8 ounces dry pasta, cooked according to package directions

Dressing:
-1 avocado, peeled and seeded
-1/3 cup low fat mayonnaise
-1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
-2 teaspoons honey
-Juice of one lime
-Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Combine salad ingredients (chicken through pasta) in a bowl, stirring well to distribute the ingredients evenly. Meanwhile, place the dressing ingredients (avocado through lime juice) in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add dressing to salad ingredients stirring well to distribute the dressing evenly.

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