Pasta and Fresh Spinach Salad

28 Jun

Running clears your head. You suddenly de-stress as your feet pound the pavement in a steady rhythm. And your body looks totally hot.

At least this is what happens in the movies.

In fact, I’m not really sure if running truly has these effects on me, but because I like to think that it does, I’ll let the placebo effect do its job.

This meal is stress-free. It’s one of my favorite summer meals. It’s fast, easy, and cool; the spinach makes me feel healthy; and it tastes great.

Marinate cooked pasta in teriyaki mixture.

Combine mandarin oranges, green onions, shredded chicken, sesame seeds, and Craisins in a large bowl.

Combine the pasta with the oranges/onions/chicken mixture, and toss in fresh baby spinach last.

Top individual servings with Parmesan cheese and honey roasted peanuts.

Ingredients

8 oz. bowtie pasta
1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 T. brown sugar
1 T. white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 can mandarin oranges, drained
4 green onions, chopped
2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
1/4 cup sesame seeds
3 oz. Craisins
6 oz. baby spinach
Parmesan cheese (optional to top)
honey roasted peanuts (optional to top)

Directions

Cook pasta according to package directions. In a large bowl, mix together teriyaki sauce, rice vinegar, oil, brown sugar, white sugar, salt, and pepper. Add pasta to the sauce and marinate in the refrigerator while preparing the rest of the salad.

Combine mandarin oranges, green onions, shredded chicken, sesame seeds, and Craisins with the marinated pasta. Toss in baby spinach right before serving to prevent wilting. Top with Parmesan cheese and peanuts. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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One Response to “Pasta and Fresh Spinach Salad”

  1. Amy June 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Wow this sounds perfect for summer! Can’t wait to try it!

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