January 18, 2011

Asian Pasta Salad

Recipe doubles well and is GREAT for large groups!

1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup canola oil
3 T sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper

Combine all the ingredients in the blender. Make the night before.

1/2 cup chopped green onions (about 1 bunch)
1 12 oz. bag of bow tie pasta - cook until al dente
1/4 cup slivered almonds - sugar in a skillet pan and cool
4-6 chicken breasts - cook however you want and then cut into chunks or slices
3-4 peppers: red, green, yellow, orange - chopped (the little peppers from Costco are fabulous and can be cut into rings, discard the seeds; use 6-8 of these.)
Fresh spinach
1. Combine the chicken, pasta, green onions, and peppers the night before or early the morning of the party...add 3/4 of the dressing and keep in the fridge in a sealed container.

2. Add the remaining dressing, almonds and fresh torn spinach right before serving and toss all together *this is important because otherwise the spinach will be ruined.

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