Sweet, plump dried apricots make a sensational addition to this light salad.
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2 cups uncooked dried radiatore (pasta nuggets)
3/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup dried apricots, cut into fourths
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/2 (1/2-inch thick) pound slice deli honey ham or cooked ham, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 pound slice (3/4-inch thick) Alpine Lace® Deli Reduced Fat Swiss Cheese cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
Cook radiatore according to package directions. Rinse with cold water. Drain.
Meanwhile, combine all remaining ingredients in large bowl. Add cooked radiatore; toss to coat well. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour.
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I entered this recipe in the West Virginia Senior Olympics in 2013 and it took "1st place" in the Salad competition. More recently, I doubled it and made it for our neighbors and their moving crew for their lunch, a total of about 10, and it was devoured. We used it as printed. It's a great "meal" salad. It's a "keeper", for sure!
Such an unusual combination of ingredients! We don't care for onions, so I substituted 1/2 cup of dried pineapple pieces. Its really quite delicious, and I always receive compliments on it. People always seem surprised that they like it so much. I give out the recipe all the time!
This salad is easy, different, and soooo tasty.
One of my mom's favorites.