pasta salad

Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad with Teriyaki Dressing

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!

Salad Ingredients:

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

Dressing Ingredients:

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!




4th of July Potluck Recipes!

4th of July 2015

The 4th of July is coming up and it’s time to fire up the grill and make some great salads, sides, and desserts!

Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Broccoli Salad

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Chili Cream Cheese Dip

Chocolate Caramel Cake

Classic Lemon Bars

Edamame Salad

Feta-Stuffed Watermelon Blocks

Grilled Corn Salad

Hawaiian Plate Lunch Mac Salad

Ice Cream Cake

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Jamie’s Famous Pasta Salad

Key Lime Pie

Multi-Bean Salad

Pea Slaw

Portobello Burgers

Refreshing Watermelon Salad

Salsa Dip

Simple, Fresh, and Sweet Salad

Soy Chorizo Fundido

Strawberry Dream Cake

Tom’s BBQ Tri Tip

Super Bowl Potluck Recipes

Super Bowl Collage

Super Bowl is right around the corner and it’s time to start planning! We have game day recipes for everything from appetizers and dips to chilis and salads.

3 Can Chili

Broccoli Salad

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Cannellini Bean Chili

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Chili Cream Cheese Dip

Chili Sauce and Cream Cheese Appetizer

Deviled Eggs

Hawaiian Plate Lunch Mac Salad

Jamie’s Famous Pasta Salad

Lasagna Cupcakes

Meatball Appetizers

Pea Slaw

Pizza Dip

Salsa Dip

Sloppy Joe Crescent Roll Casserole

Soy Chorizo Fundido

Tarragon Potato Salad

Twice Baked Potatoes with Soy Chorizo

Need more ideas for your Super Bowl potluck? Click here for a list of all Potluck Time recipes by category!

Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

The combination of crunchy cucumbers and onion with the creamy feta, black olives and sweet balsamic dressing make this Greek Pasta salad one of my favorite potluck pasta salads. It’s fresh, simple, easy, and yummy!


1 lb. fusilli, cooked and drained (whole wheat is pictured above, but regular fusiilli works great too)

Chopped red onion

Sliced, black olives

English cucumber, cut into bite-sized pieces

Feta cheese, cut into cubes

Balsamic vinaigrette

Combine all of the above ingredients into a salad bowl and stir well.   Cover, and chill for at least two hours.  Add more dressing right before serving, if needed.  This can be made a day before the potluck and leftovers keep really well for a few days!