Creativity never knew such a salad.
My dear friend, Judy, sent me this salad recipe with the emphasis that she had made it several times and it was always a hit. There are certain people you instantly trust their food judgment – Judy is one of those. So I tried it. And boy, was it ever a celebration on the taste buds. A teriyaki vinaigrette is lightly tossed with pasta, spinach, mandarin oranges, craisins, honey roasted peanuts, chicken…and that isn’t even ALL of the ingredients. It is a salad full of texture, flavor and absolute deliciousness. Light, healthful, tangy and sweet, this is my kind of a salad. Thanks, Judy!
Plan Ahead: the pasta needs to marinate in the dressing for at least an hour.
- 1 cup canola oil
- 1/3 – 2/3 cup bottled teriyaki sauce (I used 1/3 cup but you may want to add more depending on your taste)
- 1/3 cup rice vinegar
- 1/3 cup cider vinegar
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 16 oz. bow tie pasta, cooked al dente, drained and cooled
- 1 bag fresh spinach (9 – 10 oz)
- 6 oz. craisins
- 2 (11 oz.) cans mandarin oranges, drained
- 1 (8 oz.) can water chestnuts, drained and slivered
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
- 6 oz. honey roasted peanuts
- 2 cups cooked chicken, tossed with 2-3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
- In a blender, combine all the dressing ingredients and blend until well combined and smooth.
- Mix about 1 cup of the dressing with the cooked pasta in a large bowl and marinate for at least one hour (Judy has left this step out many times with still great results).
- Combine the remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl.
- Just before serving, add pasta and toss. Add dressing to taste and toss. Serve immediately.
Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Judy C.