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Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad with Teriyaki Dressing

Quick to make, just a few ingredients, and a yummy dressing. What more could you want?
Course Salad
Servings 4 people



  • 8 oz. bowtie pasta noodles
  • 4 c. spinach leaves
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/3 c. pine nuts (or cashews)
  • 1-4 oz. can mandarin oranges drained
  • 1/4 c. cilantro leaves roughly chopped


  • 1/3 c. teriyaki sauce (the thicker the better - recommend Kikkoman)
  • 1/3 c. rice vinegar (may sub apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/2 t. onion powder
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. black pepper
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1/2 c. oil (vegetable oil, canola oil, olive oil)


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions, then drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  2. While pasta is boiling, prepare the dressing. In a jar, combine all dressing ingredients. Cover and shake to combine. Chill until ready to use.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together pasta, spinach, dried cranberries, nuts, mandarin oranges and cilantro.
  4. Just before serving, pour dressing over the salad. Toss and serve.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from: lecremedelacrumb.com