Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Spinach & Chicken Pasta Salad

I have a secret. There's this blog that I LOVE. The woman who writes it is sheer genius in both the kitchen and creative-juices departments. So, it's fitting that I would look to her for inspiration when seeking out the perfect recipie for...anything. Here's yourhomebasedmom's suggestion for feeding a crowd: Spinach & Chicken Pasta Salad (aka: dinner for 100 ladies). I've hesitated to share this blog with you all, because she really is such an inspiration to me. I borrow her recipies, decorating, craft ideas...all the time. And once you check her out, you will realize that I am a major copycat. I suppose I couldn't keep it a secret forever. Here you go!


16 oz. bow tie pasta, cooked al dente

1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup teriyaki sauce
2/3 cup white wine vinegar
6 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Salad consists of:
20 oz. bag of spinach
1 6 oz. bag craisins
3 cans mandarin oranges, drained
2 cans sliced water chestnuts, drained
1/2 cup parsley chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
6 oz. peanuts
2 cups chicken, cut into pieces.

Blend dressing in blender. Mix dressing and pasta and marinade for 2 hours (in a ziploc bag). Combine rest and add pasta and dressing and toss.

This recipie serves 10. You can stretch it easily by doubling the spinach (now it serves 20!). I always double the chicken, no matter how many batches I need, but that might be because I'm accustomed to cooking for a carnivore deeply disturbed by girly (ie: not very meaty) food.


  1. Thanks for the recipe, it was soooo good, you did an awesome job! I can't wait to check out this lady's blog, I'm the best at copycatting.

  2. I've been wanting to make this salad for some time now. Thank you for introducing me to Leigh Anne (I like to think we're on a first name basis now). I check her blog first thing every single morning. Love that woman! What if you hadn't told me about her? I wouldn't have known about pom pom balls and pinwheels. Life is better with pom pom balls and pinwheels.