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Mandarin Pasta Salad

Skill Level (easy, medium, hard): easy

Name of Recipe: Mandarin Pasta Salad

Serves: 4

Preparation/Cook Time: around 30 minutes

Ingredients you will need:
Dressing:
1 teaspoon finely chopped, peeled fresh gingerroot
1/3 cup rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 envelope Lipton® Recipe Secrets® Onion Soup Mix
2 teaspoons sugar
1 garlic clove, pressed

Salad:
8 ounces uncooked bow tie pasta
1/2 cucumber, scored, seeded and sliced
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 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
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Directions:
1. For dressing, finely chop gingerroot. In a small bowl, combine gingerroot, vinegar, orange juice, vegetable oil, sesame oil, soup mix, sugar and garlic (pressed in a garlic press); whisk until well blended. Cover; refrigerate until ready to use.

2. For salad, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse under cold running water. Place pasta in a large bowl.

3. Meanwhile, score cucumber and remove seeds. Slice cucumber and cut slices in half. Dice bell pepper. Coarsely chop onion.

4. Add cucumber, bell pepper, onion, spinach, mandarin oranges, chicken and almonds to pasta. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Serve immediately.

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