Need an inexpensive, delicious, colorful, unique, easy-to-make salad? Here. You. Go. This Mandarin Chicken Salad is ALWAYS a hit, whenever I make it. I don’t wanna brag, but it’s true. I just made it for our family barbecue this past weekend and it didn’t disappoint, so I thought I’d share the recipe with you!
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped, peeled fresh gingerroot
- ⅓ cup rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
- ¼ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 envelope Lipton® Recipe Secrets® Onion Soup Mix
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 garlic clove, pressed
- 8 ounces uncooked bow tie pasta
- ½ cucumber, scored, seeded and sliced
- ½ cup diced red bell pepper
- ½ cup coarsely chopped red onion
- 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach leaves
- 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin orange segments, drained
- 2 cups diced cooked chicken
- ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted
- First, make your dressing. Finely chop up your fresh ginger root, I like using a micro-planer (like a little grater) to get it super fine. Combine all the dressing ingredients – gingerroot, vinegar, orange juice, vegetable oil, sesame oil, soup mix, sugar and garlic (use garlic press to break it up or chip finely); whisk until well blended. Cover; refrigerate until ready to use.
- For salad, slice up your chicken breasts into small cubes. Cook ’em up in a stir fry pan with a little olive oil. Or you can grill the whole breasts and slice ’em up afterward. Set aside.
- Cook pasta according to package direction; drain and rinse under cold running water. Dump your cooled pasta into a big, pretty bowl.
- Peel the cucumber, remove seeds and dice it up. Dice up bell peppers. I used orange and yellow bell peppers for my salad because my store didn’t have red ones (what?) but I think I actually prefer the color and taste so I might go with this in the future. Dice red onion finely. I left the red onion out the last time because my store was also out of red onion when I went to get ingredients. I also might leave it out in the future because the salad still tasted great and my husband doesn’t like onions.
- Add cucumber, bell pepper, onion, spinach, mandarin oranges, chicken and almonds to pasta.
- Pour your delicious dressing over salad; toss it up. Serve immediately. But I also think it tastes delicious the next day too.
Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your recipe ideas.
(Thanks, Pampered Chef!)