Sonoma Chicken Pasta Salad Jars

Sonoma Chicken Pasta Salad Jars - Portable and delicious lunches packed with pasta, dried cranberries, celery, chicken, pecans, blue cheese and homemade raspberry vinaigrette! | foxeslovelemons.com

A salad with blue cheese, dried cherries or cranberries, pecans or walnuts, maybe some chicken, and raspberry vinaigrette. What is this type of salad called in your neck of the woods? Here in Michigan, it’s widely referred to as “Traverse City salad,” after the city in the northern lower peninsula that is world famous for it’s cherries and annual cherry festival. In other parts of the country, I think it’s mostly called a “Sonoma salad,” although I’m not sure of the origin of that name. Is this salad popular in Sonoma wine country?

Sonoma Chicken Pasta Salad Jars - Portable and delicious lunches packed with pasta, dried cranberries, celery, chicken, pecans, blue cheese and homemade raspberry vinaigrette! | foxeslovelemons.com

To be honest, it doesn’t really matter what you call it, just as long as you make it and enjoy it. Here, instead of traditional mixed greens as the base of this salad, I went with pasta. But to call it a “pasta salad” is kind of a misnomer, because it’s like 20% pasta, 80% good stuff like chicken, earthy and creamy Stella® Gorgonzola cheese, crunchy nuts and celery, and sweet dried fruit. These Sonoma Chicken Pasta Salad Jars are portable, adorable and delicious, which is kind of the trifecta in my book.

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Sonoma Chicken Pasta Salad Jars - Portable and delicious lunches packed with pasta, dried cranberries, celery, chicken, pecans, blue cheese and homemade raspberry vinaigrette! | foxeslovelemons.com

Sonoma Chicken Pasta Salad Jars

Ingredients:

For the Salad Jars:



  • 6 ounces rotini or penne pasta

  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries

  • 4 stalks celery, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup diced cooked chicken (about 1 small breast)

  • 1/4 cup pecans

  • 1/3 cup Stella Freshly Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese


 


For the Raspberry-Poppyseed Vinaigrette:



  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries

  • 2-1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon poppyseeds



Directions:


  1.  Cook pasta according to package direction. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  2.  Meanwhile, make the Raspberry-Poppyseed Vinaigrette: In food processor or blender, process raspberries, vinegar, honey, sugar, salt and pepper until smooth. Add oil; process until all oil is incorporated. Stir in poppyseeds.

  3.  Divide Raspberry-Poppyseed Vinaigrette equally among 4 pint-sized mason jars. Divide pasta over dressing; layer remaining salad ingredients. Top with lids and refrigerate up to 4 days. To serve, pour onto plate or bowl, stir and enjoy.



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