mandarin chicken pasta salad

i made this dish today to share with the family up "camping" for dinner.  "camping" is when we go hang out for the day with my parents at their resort/time share/campground.  

i forgot to take a picture before we ate it and so i had to borrow the photo from the original source.  i must mention i also forgot to add the spinach.  it wasn't missed at all though.  the salad was amazing without it and i will definitely make it again with our without the spinach.

mandarin chicken pasta salad

1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 clove garlic, diced
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp sesame oil
1 envelope Lipton onion soup mix
2 tsp sugar

Mix well and refrigerate. {i used my food processor and added the oils very slowly as the last two ingredients while it was processing.  this is the best way to mix oil and vinegar by the way}.

8 oz bowtie pasta, cooked {i used iron fortified barilla plus+}
1 lb chicken breast, poached and diced
1/2 of a cucumber, seeded and sliced
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped red onion
6 oz. baby spinach
11 oz can mandarin oranges, well drained
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted (350 for 8 minutes)
Toasted sesame seeds (optional, I think they go well with the sesame oil in the dressing)

Toss and serve immediately.


Jess said...

Looks soooo yummy. I am going to have to try this one SOON!

Anonymous said...

my mom and I shared the leftovers for lunch one day this week. delicious. thanks em!

Mrs. JM said...

linds, seriously!? okay, fine. i guess if i couldn't have the leftovers myself than i can be fine with it as long as it was some of my favorite people enjoying my delicious masterpiece. i parted unwilling with the leftovers. i felt like i owed mom at least lunch after she went on a secret mission with me over a dirt road, on empty to fill my car. i said "here's your $70 lunch." she must have been satisfied with the baby moose spotting that the ride gave her.

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