Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad

We had a SALAD similar to this one at a local restaurant that was DELICIOUS, so I tried making my own VERSION. It's very light and refreshing, perfect for a nice SUMMER meal!

Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad
Lemon Tarragon Dressing
1/2 cup olive oil mayonnaise
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 tablespoon minced or grated shallot
1 heaping tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon or 1 teaspoon dried
Dash of salt and paprika

3 cups uncooked large shell pasta, cooked and drained
2 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup cashew pieces
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 to 1 1/2 cups seedless red grape halves

In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use.

In a bowl, combine the cooled cooked pasta, chicken, celery, cashews, onions, and grapes. Toss with the dressing and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

TIP: Feel free to add more of any of the ingredients to this recipe. I think if you add extra tarragon to the dressing, it is VERY refreshing!

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