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Asian Style Chicken Spinach Pasta Salad

Author: Meaghan @ 4 Sons R Us

Ingredients

  • 1 lb rotini pasta
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 cups diced or shredded, cooked chicken
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper strips optional

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and run under cold water to stop it cooking, stirring occasionally. Set aide once the pasta's cool to the touch.
  • Let a medium sized skillet heat up over medium heat. Add the sesame seeds, and cook stirring occasionally for 1-2 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Set aside.
  • Add the oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, sesame seeds, salt & pepper to a large mixing bowl, and whisk together until the vinaigrette is evenly incorporated and smooth.
  • Add the pasta to the mixing bowl, and toss together until the pasta's evenly coated.
  • Stir in the chicken, cilantro, spinach, carrots, and peppers, if using. Toss and serve.

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