As the warmer weather approaches, we’ll all be dusting off our summer recipes. This salad has a lot of flavor and is very hearty. It’s perfect for any potluck or BBQ.
Serve this salad with good bread and a side of steamed broccoli. It’s nice and fresh and perfect for a hot day.
Sesame Chicken Pasta Salad
1 (12 ounce) package bowtie or radiatore pasta
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup salad oil
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups cubed, cooked chicken
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup coarsely chopped green onion
4 cups torn fresh spinach leaves
1/4 cup chopped celery
Optional: I add water chestnuts or chow mein noodles for crunch – it doesn’t change the taste at all.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Meanwhile, heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Stir in sesame seeds and cook until golden brown. Remove from heat. Stir in soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar. Pour dressing into a sealable container, and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together pasta, cooked chicken, and 1 cup dressing (reserve remaining dressing). Cover salad, and refrigerate at least 6 hours.
Directly before serving, stir in parsley, green onions, and spinach. Toss with remaining dressing, if desired.