Sesame Chicken Salad

This is one of my favorite summer salads. When I was pregnant with my son I wanted to make sure that I was getting enough healthy foods in.  Although I was not fond of raw spinach, the dressing on this salad made me obsessed with eating spinach!  It's a light salad with a sweet tangy dressing.

Plan ahead as the bow tie pasta needs to marinate in the dressing for at least 2 hours before putting the salad together.  To make it healthier I use Barilla Plus pasta which has added fiber, protein and Omega 3.  I also use Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki because it's one of the few store bought brands that does not use high fructose corn syrup!

  • 1/2 package (8 ounces) bow tie / farfalle pasta
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1-1/3 cups honey-roasted peanuts
  • 1 package (9 ounces) fresh spinach, torn
  • 1 package (6 ounces) dried cranberries
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and place in a very large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the oil, vinegar, teriyaki sauce, sugar and pepper. Pour over pasta and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  3. Just before serving, add the remaining ingredients; gently toss to coat. 
Adapted from: Taste of Home


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