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Cherry Poppy Seed Pasta Salad

If using this dish as a side, omit the chicken.  Great side salad accompaniment to your Easter ham.  It is also a great main dish for a ladies luncheon or a bridal or baby shower.
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. salt
1 lb. pkg. bowtie pasta, regular size or mini
In a large pan, bring water, salt, and vegetable oil to a boil.  Add bow tie pasta and boil for 9 minutes.
Drain and rinse with cold water.
1 rotisserie chicken, breast chopped.  Can use dark meat also if desired.
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
5 oz. dried cherries
1 bunch green onions, green part chopped
1 cup roasted salted pecans (Trader Joes has good ones) or candied glazed pecans (Trader Joes also has these)
Dressing:
1 1/4 cup mayo
1 1/4 cup Briannas Poppy Seed Dreesing
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Reserve about 1/4 cup of dressing and pour the rest over the other ingredients.  Cover and chill overnight.  When ready to serve, toss with the remaining dressing and add 1 cup chopped roasted and salted pecans, or glazed pecans and green onions.
Garnish with green onions, cherries and pecans.
By Cindy, April 14, 2014
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