Dishin' With Debbie-Asian Pasta Salad

This is no ordinary pasta salad.  It's filled with flavor from mandarin oranges, dried cranberries and a tangy, sweet homemade teriyaki dressing.  It's sure to be a hit for any occasion.  We make it all the time at our house, and we love it each and every time.  Watch this easy-to-follow video so you can throw this favorite together any day of the week!

Ingredients:

8 ounces bowtie pasta

4 cups fresh spinach

1/2 cup craisins

1/3 cup chopped nuts (pine, walnut, pecans, almonds)

4 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained

1/4 cup cilantro chopped (I neglected to include in video...but this makes it yummy)

1/3 cup teriyaki sauce

1/3 cup rice wine vinegar (could use apple cider vinegar instead)

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon sugar

1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola)

optional:  grilled chicken breast or other protein of choice for topping if desired

 

Directions:

Cook pasta following package directions.  Drain and rinse with cool water.  In a shaker container or jar, combine dressing ingredients (teriyaki through oil) and shake.  In a large bowl, toss salad ingredients (omit spinach until just before serving) and pour desired amount of dressing over salad.  Top with chicken or other protein if desired.