Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad with mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, pine nuts, cilantro and a light teriyaki dressing. It’s a truly unique combination of ingredients that absolutely works to make a healthy and light, yet filling pasta salad. It’s quick and easy and the only chopping required is for the cilantro.
Thank you, Carolyn M., for sharing this recipe!
8 ozs bow tie pasta
4 cups spinach leaves
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup pine nuts
1 small can mandarin oranges, drained
1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
1/3 cup teriyaki sauce (use the thinner version that resembles the consistency of soy sauce)
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 T. sugar
1/2 cup canola or olive oil
Cook pasta according to package instructions, rinse, and let cool completely.
Mix all of the dressing ingredients in a jar. Cover and shake well. Chill in the refrigerator.
Combine all of the salad ingredients in a large, covered bowl and store in the refrigerator.
When it’s potluck time, toss the salad with the dressing and serve!