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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

MANDARIN PASTA SPINACH SALAD WITH ASIAN DRESSING

This salad is super tasty with a robust Asian dressing and a mixture of fruits, vegetables and pasta.  I even added some shredded cooked chicken to give it some added protein.  It was a wonderfully tasty, light and healthy dinner!
Serves  4

SALAD INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. bowtie or shell pasta
4 cups spinach leaves
½ cup craisins
1 small can mandarin oranges, drained
1/3 cup cashews, pines nuts or sunflower seeds
¼ cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded

DRESSING INGREDIENTS: 

1/3 cup teriyaki sauce (the thicker, the better)
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. sugar
½ cup canola oil

DIRECTIONS:

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water.  Set aside.  

While pasta is boiling, prepare the dressing.  In a jar combine all dressing ingredients.  Cover and shake to combine.  Chill until ready to use. 

In a large bowl, toss together all of the salad ingredients.  Just before serving, pour dressing over salad, toss and serve.   Looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow....so good!

Enjoy!

adapted from: Creme De La Crumb

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