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Cavatappi Oriental

This was a recipe was concocted for serving lunch to the Chinese Ambassador to the United States who visited Pasta Montana in Spring 1999.

  • 1 Pound cooked Cavatappi (tubular corkscrew shape) (Toss with 1 tbsp Sesame Oil after cooking)
  • 1 cooked and shredded Chicken Breast or a can of White Meat Chicken
  • 2 diced Celery Stalks
  • ½ pound Green Seedless Grapes
  • 2 Garlic cloves minced (or run through a garlic press if you have one)
  • 1 bunch Green Onions (chopped thin)
  • ½ Cup toasted Almond Slivers (optional)
  • 1 bottle of Mrs Chan's Oriental Dressing (in the produce section) or any other "oriental" dressing
  • 2 cans of Mandarin Oranges (Drained with juice reserved)
      1.   In a large bowl, mix Dressing, Celery, Grapes, Green Onions.
      2.   Add Chicken, toss again; add Pasta, toss again.
      3.   GENTLY fold in Mandarin Oranges (carefully or they will disintergrate).
      4.   Check moisture level of your salad, add Mandarin Orange juice if it seems too dry.
      5.   Garnish with toasted almonds.
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