Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad


I was so excited when I found this Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad recipe. I originally wanted to make some type of orange chicken but wanted a change from the traditional dish. This makes the perfect summer meal and I served it along side crusty french bread. Wow, was this good and healthy too!

Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad
Adapted From-Yummly.Com

Ingredients
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 packet onion soup mix (dry)
2 tsp white sugar
1 clove garlic (pressed)
8 oz farfalle pasta
1/2 cucumber (seeded and sliced)
2 roma tomatoes (diced)             
1 carrot (shredded)
6 oz spinach (fresh)
11 oz mandarin orange segments
2 cups cooked chicken (sliced)
1/2 Cup Almonds

To make the dressing whisk together the rice vinegar, orange juice, sesame oil, vegetable oil, onion soup mix, sugar, and garlic until well blended. Cover, and refrigerate until needed.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes or until al dente, drain, and rinse under cold water. Place pasta in large bowl.
To make the salad, toss the cucumber, tomatoes, carrot, spinach, mandarin oranges, chicken, and almonds with the pasta. Pour the dressing over the salad mixture and toss to coat evenly. Serve Immediately.
     



8 comments:

  1. Bridget,

    Love the addition on mandarin oranges. They're great in just about anything (except maybe macaroni and cheese, perhaps I'm on to something, maybe not, it's late).

    Visiting from "Hop Along Friday" (http://www.homeofohm.com/2012/06/hop-along-friday-come-link-up-0622.html).

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    Regards, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeysof TheZoo
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  2. What a beautiful salad! I had to pin it. :) Lovely to meet you.

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    Looks yummy! I am going to have to try and make it.

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  4. Looks delicious, and it's so pretty! Really cute blog! Following you from TGIF blog hop.
    -Laura
    www.strollerparkingonly.com

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  5. Looks so good! new follower from mom's mingle

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    This salad looks delicious and simple to make. Perfect for summer!

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  7. Yum! This pasta salad is so colorful and gorgeous. I like your blog!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Trish

    www.jelly-bones.typepad.com

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  8. YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY!!! Stopping by from the Monday Mingle to say hi! I never thought to put oranges with pasta before but it really looks delish!

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