We all ate dinner at different times last night. I had a bowl of spinach, a bowl of cooked pasta and the rest of the ingredients ready to be tossed together as they walked in the door. Yea Summer Salads!
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Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad with Teriyaki Dressing (adaped from Creme De La Crumb)
1/3 cup thick teriyaki glaze or sauce
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar (may sub apple cider vinegar)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup oil (vegetable oil, canola oil or olive oil)
Mix together and chill.
8 oz cooked bowtie pasta
4 cups spinach leaves
1/2 cup craisins
1/2 cup cashews or pine nuts (I used cashews)
14 oz can mandarin oranges, drained
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped (I didn't use)
Cook pasta according to directions, Drain. I don't usually rinse pasta - I usually toss in a little olive oil to keep from sticking. Set aside. While pasta is cooking, prepare dressing, cover, shake and refrigerate. In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients. Just before serving, add dressing, toss and serve.
*Feel free to add in your favorite meat - grilled chicken, steak, salmon, shrimp, fried chicken....