Monday, September 7, 2009

Fabulous Asian Pasta Spinach Salad

I got this recipe from my friend Kris. It is so yummy! I took it to a picnic today and everyone was raving about it!

Asian Pasta Spinach Salad
1 c. Olive Oil
2/3 c. teriyaki
2/3 c. white wine vinegar
6 Tbls. Sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Pepper

Cook 1 box of Bow Tie pasta according to directions on box. Marinade 1 box of cooked pasta in 1/2 dressing overnight.

Other items in salad to trhow together right before serving:
10 oz. baby spinach
2 (15oz) cans mandarin oranges
1 (6 oz) bag crasins
1 cup candied almonds (see below) or 3.75 oz honey sliced almonds
1/2 cup cilantro
2-3 diced green onions
2-3 cups diced grilled chicken
and whatever else floats your boat.

Candied Almonds:
1 c. sliced or slivered almonds
1/2 c. sugar
2 Tbls. butter

Heat almonds, sugar and butter in skillet over medium heat. Stir constantly until almonds ae toasted and sugar is golden brown. (about 10 minutes) Spread on greased sheet of foil or wax paper. Cool and break into clusters.

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