Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer Salads--Spinach and Teriyaki Bow Tie Pasta

Need a delicious pasta salad for dinner or a party? Here is a very good one I recently found. I have now made it three times and it was a hit every time!

  • 1 1/4 cups Honey Teriyaki Marinade
  • 1 12 oz box Bowtie Pasta
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup White Vinegar
  • 1/4 cupGranulated Sugar
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 bag Baby Spinach
  • 1 cup Craisins
  • 2 small cans or one large can Mandarin Oranges
  • 1/2 cup Cashews

Cook pasta the night before serving. Place in container with 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce and let marinate over night. This gives the pasta a lot of flavor.

30 minutes before serving . . .
Mix cooked, marinated pasta with craisins, nuts and oranges. In a separate container mix together remaining teriyaki sauce, oil, vinegar, sugar and salt. Mix well. Use sauce to lightly coat the pasta mixture. Just before serving, add spinach and toss. Add more sauce if needed.

It is possible to make everything else way ahead of time and then add the spinach just before serving. If you add it sooner, however, it will wilt.

VARIATION--if you want a heartier meal, marinate three chicken breasts in teriyaki sauce for 30 minutes. Grill and add to salad.

Serves 6-8


justmeagain said...

Looks delicious!! I have a party this weekend and will make it then!! Thanks!

Emma T said...

I am always looking for a good salad recipe. I will have to give this a try.

Valerie said...

Oh, I've made a salad like this before and it was so good.