Friday, June 25, 2010

Chicken Pasta Salad

About 15 years ago, I helped a friend open a little restaurant called Mountain Rose Tea Room in the little mountain town where we raisied our boys, Tehachapi, Ca. We decorated it with antique tables, chairs and furniture. I made cute Rose printed fabric valances and covered chair pads with coordinating fabrics and made cute little table toppers. We used vintage dishes and tableware.  I really only planned on training the waitresses and running a little gift shoppe, but it was so busy that I stayed on  waiting tables for several years. It's no longer in business and  feel I can share a recipe with you here.
I have made several changes to it and add different things at times.
One of our favorites, was Chicken Pasta Salad.
Last Friday night I went to a get together and was asked to bring a salad to share.  Mr. SS was home that day working in the garage, so we had it for lunch too.

12 oz package of Whacky Mac (Curly Macaroni in vegetable colors
2  Chicken Breasts
1/2 cup Black Olives
4 stalks celery with leaves
1 bunch green onions
1/2 cupSour Cream
1/2 cup Ranch Dressing
2 Tbls. McCormick's Salad Supreme Seasoning
Fresh Ground Pepper

Cook Whacky Mac according to directions on package.

Chop Chicken, veggies and olives

I add sour cream first to coat pasta. Then add other ingredients. I add the Ranch, Salt and Pepper  last and adjust to taste.
I often change it out a bit with Ham, broccoli, peas or grated cheese. Use your imagination!!

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Martha said...

pasta salads are great!

A Gardner's Cottage said...

That sounds delish! Especially since it has been so warm the last couple of days. Hope you have a great week end!


Country Gal said...

I've never made a good pasta salad - ever. This one looks easy enough I just might try it!

Dogmom Diva said...

My gosh Beverly, that sound so good and easy too...will try that this upcomin week, looking for some easy salads!

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~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

That looks so delicious, Beverly.

I hope you enjoying a lovely weekend. I am thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers!

Hugs always,

Sewn With Grace said...

Hi Beverly! I've been so crazy, busy with the barn sale that I haven't been reading and commenting to my good blogging friends. Thank you for the recipe, I'm always looking for new ones to try. Hope your summer is going well. I would love to have your address so I can send you a little something, I can't remember if I have it or not! Have a good day!

Dogmom Diva said...

Beverly! I made the salad tonight it was super easy and so good. Carl had two big servings of it...and yes, you could about do anything with it, chicken, ham, veggies, very, very good and this is a keeper! We had King's Hawaiian rolls with it..yum!


Alma Don Shurtleff said...

Beverly, I live in Montevideo, Uruguay in South America and I was looking at the postings on Foodie Friday. When you mentioned Tehachapi I just couldn't believe it. I grew up in Arvin and then made it to the big time of Bakersfield in High School. Isn't this a small world? Did you by any chance know Shirley Ann Mooney (don't know her married name) that lived in Tehachapi? We were such good friends in High School. Thanks for brightening my day. With a smile on my face I will think of you each time I make the "Tehachapi Chicken Salad"!