Recipe from Bites: Mandarin Pasta Salad

by Jessie on June 28, 2012

This is one of my all-time favorite salads to bring to summer picnics, potlucks, showers, etc.  It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!  The veggies are really flexible so add in whatever you have in your garden or farmers market (broccoli, carrots, radishes).


For 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

Toss together:

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!

Jessie is the mother of three sweet kids and the author of Bites, a recipe blog that will make your mouth water.  Make sure to follow Bites on Facebook so you don’t miss a single recipe.

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