Cashew Chicken Salad

Cashew Chicken Salad – a creamy chicken salad with pasta, grapes, cashews and more tossed in a delicious homemade dressing. It’s a great alternative to classic chicken Salad.

We all know chicken salad is hard to turn down, but add pasta and cashew, and it makes it even better!!

Cashew chicken salad on white plate

Chicken Salad with Pasta + Cashews

Whenever we go to parties, get togethers or baby showers, you’ll usually find at least one salad or pasta recipe, and we’re always trying them out so we can snag the recipe from whoever brought it.

This Cashew Chicken salad actually came from my sister-in-law’s mom. They served it at my brother’s wedding and it was a favorite. Everyone was asking for the recipe, so we had to jump in and ask too so we could make it at home as well. My mom has made it a few times since for events, and it’s always gone in no time so we know we’re not the only ones who love this chicken salad.

If you’re one to enjoy pasta salads as well, then I suggest giving this one a try. It’s hearty and has a delicious creamy dressing that you will love!

Chicken pasta salad ingredients

How to Make Cashew Chicken Salad

This recipe is too easy!

Mix cooked pasta, chopped celery, green onions, cubed chicken, and grapes together in a bowl.

Make the dressing and pour over the salad. Refrigerate for at least one hour and add cashews right before serving.

Change it up: Not only is this pasta salad tasty, but the mixture of the colors and textures make it a pretty salad as well. The salad is easily customizable too. Here are a few ideas for equally delicious and beautiful variations:

  •  Use Almonds
  •  Red onion 
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Add raisins or craisins
  • Switch up the pasta: penne, rotini (either white or tricolored), medium shell pasta. Really any pasta that has some type of groove so the dressing will cling to every bite. 

Cashew chicken salad recipe in white bowl

Making Ahead + Storing

Make ahead of time: You can prepare this pasta salad a couple of hours before serving. Any longer and the pasta will begin to absorb the moisture and the salad will become dried out. If you want to prep the ingredients the day before, then I suggest storing them in separate containers and then mixing them all together before serving. 

Store leftover pasta in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.

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Cashew Chicken Salad Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Creamy and fresh Cashew Chicken Salad is tossed in a delicious homemade dressing. It's a perfect summer salad!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 983 kcal
Author Lil' Luna



  • 3 cups pasta cooked
  • 1/2 bunch celery chopped
  • 1/2 bunch green onions sliced
  • 3-4 chicken breasts cubed and cooked
  • 1-2 cups grapes sliced in half
  • 2 cups cashews


  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt


  • Mix all pasta ingredients together, except cashews.
  • Combine sauce ingredients and poor over salad. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Add cashews just before serving.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    I loved it! Fresh and surprising! I’ve shared your recipe with a link in my last post: a round-up of different ways of preparing cashew chicken. Hope you like it!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this very delicious and tasty cashew chicken salad recipe! Will surely have this again. fam really loves it! Highly recommended!

  3. 5 stars
    This chicken salad is so good! It’s a favorite in our home. Only complaint is that we don’t make it enough.