Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Everybody Loves a Pasta Salad

Quite to the contrary, I had a disdain for all things pasta salad. Everywhere I would go, every relief society function, every open house, I had to eat a pasta salad that was less than desirable. Then my taste buds were enlivened by this very Spinach Spectacular of the mouth. So here it is, one of the now two pasta salads that I like.

16 oz bow tie pasta (cooked al dente, set aside)
2 cups chicken (cook, cube, set aside)
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup teriyaki
2/3 cup white wine vinegar
6 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

1, 10 oz bag fresh spinach
6 oz bag craisins
3, 11 oz cans manderin oranges, drained
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
6 oz honey roasted peanuts (which I omit because nuts should never be in a salad)
2, 8 oz cans sliced water chestnut (which I also omit because water chestnuts are gross and useless)

To make the dressing combine all ingredients except the oil in a blender. Then slowly drizzle in the oil while the blender is running. You must make it this way or the dressing will separate. Then marinade the cooked pasta and chicken in the dressing for at least 2 hours. I simply do this the night before along with portioning all the salad components. The chicken and pasta have much better flavor and assembly is much quicker the next day! Right before serving toss everything together an eat up! Pasta salad, yummy yummy...and no I don't watch the wiggles.


Aubrey said...

Ooh thanks. I've never really tasted a pasta salad I liked, but I liked this one! Good Job.

Marin said...

Oooo that looks yummy! Thanks for the recipe. I am always looking for something new to make! And I will take your word on it that it is delicious since your the Chef! I will have to make it sometime this week! I'll let you know what i think!

Esther Noelle said...

Oh good! Thanks for posting this! Can't wait to eat it again!

Steve and Dayna Magleby said...

I had a pasta similar to this at a bridal shower not too long ago. It was amazing!! I am glad you posted this because I definitely want to try it out and knowing the professional chef you are... its gonna be great.
PS> your little Elizabeth is ADORABLE. All her pictures..... too cute!!!!

Parkinson Family said...

sounds delicious! thanks for sharing

Marin said...

Hey! I tried your salad and it was sooooooooooo GOOD!!! Thanks for the great recipe this one goes in the book!