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Sunshine on a Gloomy Day

Yesterday was a beautiful and abnormally warm February day here in Southern Minnesota.  It made me anxious for spring and the sunshine.  Of course this morning, a front moved in, bringing dark clouds and sleet.  The gloomy skies started giving me a gloomy mood, so it was time to bring a little sunshine back.

My Hawaiian Chicken Pasta Salad hits the spot when you’re yearning for a fresh tasting meal! This salad is filled with a citrus taste and a hint of garlic and curry! Give the recipe below a try and bring in the sunshine!

Pasta salad pic
Sunshine in a bowl!


1 Cooked Chicken Breast

1 (8 oz.) Can Pineapple, save juice for the dressing **You can always use more pineapple if you’d like!

1 (11 oz.) Can Mandarin Oranges (Juices drained)

3 Cups Cooked Elbow Pasta

Dressing Ingredients:

1 Cup Mayonnaise

¼ Tsp Curry Powder

¼ Tsp Garlic Powder

Juice from the 8 oz. can of Pineapple


  1. Dice or Shred the cooked chicken breast.
  2. Mix the chicken, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and pasta.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, curry powder, garlic powder, and juice from the can of pineapple.
  4. Whisk the dressing until all ingredients are combined smoothly.
  5. Stir the dressing in with the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Chill until served and enjoy!


Hi there! I am a preschool teacher, baker, crafter, book lover, and nature lover! I look at the positive aspects of life and fully believe that when life gives you lemons, then it's time to make lemonade!

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