Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad

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If you enjoy a sweet salad recipe every once in a while, this Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad might be just for you, especially when you add the heavenly teriyaki dressing. The savoury flavours of bow-tie pasta, green spinach, and teriyaki blend magically with the sweet, tangy flavours of raisins and mandarin oranges, giving your taste buds a whole new experience. And that’s just the flavour aspect of this delicious salad. When you combine nutritious ingredients like mandarin oranges, raisins, and spinach, you’ve got all the makings of a healthy salad recipe that will easily help you reach your daily quota of fruit and veggie consumption – especially if you go back for seconds or thirds. Technically, it serves up to four people, but this salad is so good for you, you could just go for it and eat the whole thing yourself and not even worry about any consequences. And one last thing - when you think it can’t get any better, it only takes fifteen minutes to make.

Let's check out the nutritional merits of some of the ingredients so we can see just how nutritious this salad can be. Starting with the spinach, just one cup of raw spinach is very high in iron, dietary fiber, calcium, manganese, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C; it’s also high in niacin and zinc. This spinach salad recipe calls for four cups of spinach, so eating the whole entire thing might not be such a bad route to take. Raisins contain iron, calcium, and vitamin C, and they’re also high in dietary fiber. Mandarin oranges are high in dietary fiber and very high in vitamins A and C. They also contain iron and calcium and a small amount of protein. If you go for the cashews option, raw organic cashews are very high in iron, protein, and dietary fiber. They’re also high in calcium. If you choose the pine nuts instead, they are high in iron, vitamin C, protein, and dietary fiber. These are just a few of this quick pasta salad recipe’s ingredients – we haven’t even touched on the dressing, yet; so you can already see how much nutrition it's got packed into it.

Visually, this spinach pasta salad recipe is beautiful to look at – simply because it contains so many different colours, shapes, and textures. The quintessential bow tie pasta gives it a signature appearance, as well – one unmatched by few other salad recipes. The official culinary name for bow tie pasta is “farfalle”, which comes from “farfalla”, the Italian word for butterfly. Although the term bow tie pasta is a fun one, perhaps “butterfly pasta” is more appropriate for this particular recipe – simply because it’s so appealing to the eye.

Nutrition Facts for: Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad From Le Creme de la Crumb

Ingredients: Pasta noodles, spinach, craisins, cashews, canned mandarin oranges, cilantro leaves, teriyaki sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, sugar, olive oil.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving:Calories 347, Calories from Fat 61, Total Fat 6.8g 10%, Saturated Fat 1.3g 6%, Cholesterol 41mg 14%, Sodium 964mg 40%, Potassium 566mg 16%, Carbohydrates 59.7g 20%, Dietary Fiber 1.9g 8%, Sugars 20.3g, Protein 11.2g, Vitamin A 63%, Vitamin C 31%, Calcium 6%, Iron 24%

This ultra-yummy Mandarin Pasta Salad recipe and its addictive teriyaki dressing comes from Tiffany over at the “Crème de la Crumb” website, where you can find more sweet and savoury salad recipes as well as appetizer recipes, side dish recipes, dinner recipes, and lunch recipes.*

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