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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Spinach Teriyaki Pasta Salad

Spinach Teriyaki Pasta Salad | The Sweets Life
Spinach Teriyaki Pasta Salad 
This is actually a very slight twist on a recipe hidden deep in the archives of the blog. And by slight, I mean I omitted the chicken. It's actually just as good with the chicken, but I was bringing it as a side dish to a party and chose not to include it. This pasta salad was such a hit with everyone there that I knew it deserved to be reposted, especially since the original pictures are pretty pitiful!
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This makes a great picnic or party dish because most of it can be done ahead of time. I cooked and marinated the pasta, storing it in one bowl, and prepared the remaining ingredients and stored them in a separate bowl. Just before serving, I combined the two with a bit more of the dressing and was ready to go! You could just as easily throw it all together at once and let it sit for a bit if you don't want to dirty multiple dishes, but I wanted to keep the ingredients as fresh as possible.
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Judging by how many people came up to me during the party to rave about this pasta salad, it's safe to say you'll witness similar feedback!

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Spinach Teriyaki Pasta Salad
recipe originally from Mel's Kitchen Cafe, my slightly adapted version here
*recipe easily doubled! one recipe serves 8-10

for the dressing-
-1 cup canola oil
-1/3 cup bottled teriyaki sauce
-1/3 cup rice vinegar
-1/3 cup cider vinegar
-6 tbsp sugar
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp pepper

for the salad-
-16 oz bow tie pasta
-1 (9 oz) bag fresh spinach
-6 oz dried cranberries
-2 cans mandarin oranges, drained
-1 can water chestnuts, drained and sliced
-1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
-4 green onions, thinly sliced (green parts only)
-6 oz roasted peanuts

1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and mix pasta with 1 cup of prepared dressing. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the spinach, mandarin oranges, water chestnuts, parsley, green onions, and peanuts. Just before serving, add pasta and toss to combine. Add remaining dressing to taste and toss.