Pasta and Mandarin Salad

    Pasta and Mandarin Salad


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    You haven't had a pasta salad like this one - it's pasta with chicken and tinned mandarin segments in a spicy Asian-style dressing. Amazing!

    Serves: 6 

    • 1 teaspoon finely chopped, peeled fresh ginger
    • 1/3 cup (85ml) rice vinegar
    • 1/4 cup (65ml) orange juice
    • 1/4 cup (65ml) vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
    • 2 teaspoons white sugar
    • 1 clove garlic, pressed
    • 125g bow tie (farfalle) pasta
    • 1/2 cucumber - scored, halved lengthways, seeded and sliced
    • 1/2 cup diced red capsicum
    • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped red onion
    • 2 diced Roma tomatoes
    • 1 carrot, grated
    • 185g fresh spinach
    • 310g tinned mandarin orange segments, drained
    • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
    • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:8min  ›  Ready in:53min 

    1. To make the dressing whisk together the ginger, rice vinegar, orange juice, vegetable oil, sesame oil, sugar and garlic until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
    2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the bowtie pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse under cold water. Place pasta in a large bowl.
    3. To make the salad toss the cucumber, capsicum, onion, tomatoes, carrot, spinach, mandarin oranges, chicken and almonds with the pasta. Pour the dressing over the salad mixture and toss again to coat evenly. Serve immediately.

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