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Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad with Teriyaki Dressing

This was one of those gazillion video recipes that flash up on Facebook.  But I modified it for my own (as usual) & it turned out great!  I will definitely be making this again.   The recipe below is my modified version.  The original recipe is here.

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(NOTE: Normally, I don’t use exact amounts for salads, because I tend to just mix stuff together & often include other ingredients I have on hand.  I then see how it looks/tastes & make any adjustments.  )

For the dressing:

1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic — minced
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup olive oil

Place the ingredients in a shaker cup and shake well.  I prefer to make this a few hours (or day) ahead, so the flavors have had a chance to marry.

For the salad:

pasta — 1/2 – 3/4 pound of your choice of pasta. I prefer to use ditalini, bow ties, macaroni, shells, etc.
craisins — (dried cranberries)
mandarin oranges — drained
slivered almonds — (or pine nuts)
chopped, fresh baby spinach
strawberries — halved or quartered
red onion — diced
parmesan cheese — shredded – NOT the kind in the green can, either!

Mix the remaining ingredients into the dressing & serve.

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