Sunday, March 15, 2009

Mandarin Pasta Salad

Mandarin Pasta Salad is my favorite pampered chef recipe. The dressing is made from lipton onion soup mix and would be great as a marinade as well. The salad travels really well to picnics, potlucks, etc. Hence the classy photo on a bleacher that we took at our kickball game!

Dressing, mix:
1 tsp. fresh ginger root (I use dried equivalent)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup rice vinegar
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix
2 teaspoons sugar

8 ounces bow tie pasta, cooked, drained and cooled
½ cucumber, chopped
½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
½ cup red onion, chopped
6 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
2 cups cooked chicken breast, cubed
½ cup sliced almonds

Mix the dressing ingredients well and chill. When ready to serve, toss chilled salad ingredients with dressing, sprinkle on almonds and serve!

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