Spinach Salad with Teriyaki Bowties

A very quick apology… I suddenly got rushed this week.  You will see the reason in a couple days on my own site, but short version is that I am going to have to repeat a recipe today that was on my own site recently.  But, while it has only been a couple months since I posted this, I have made and served this 4 times.  Whenever we have guests come to visit paradise, this is now on our “must make”menu plan.




Filled with Flavors

A terrific cold salad, substantial enough to be served as a full meal, and great for leftovers…

Adaptable, I have made this with shrimp in place of the chicken, and Caramelized Pineapple added.

A great item to take to a summer picnic.

It is just as good as it looks… 

Enjoy, and I will see you in a week with something special… Promise

It’s another session of what to do with the second half of one of those rotisserie chickens you buy every week.  And there are enough different tastes to satisfy everyone.  Jackie had asked for a salad recently.  So, when I saw Melanie’s post at THE SISTER’s CAFE, I knew I had another use for that rotisserie bird…

And here’s an oddity… no rum, no extra spices, I didn’t change a single ingredient.  I followed Melanie’s recipe as she wrote it.  If you go to her post (click HERE), Melanie listed a few additional ingredients as optional.  But really, if you have a plate of spinach, do you really need to add parsley?  Adding the oranges and water chestnuts was already inching the price up.  So, unless you have them on hand, do as I did and leave out the craizins, parsley, … And here is what she wrote…

Spinach Salad With Teriyaki Bowties 
submitted by Melanie sisterscafe.blogspot.com

16 oz. Bowtie pasta, cooked and cooled
1 – 2 bags of fresh baby Spinach
2 small cans Mandarin Oranges
1 Red Pepper, chopped
1 can Water Chestnuts
1 bunch Green Onions, chopped
1 cup Honey Roasted Peanuts or Cashews
1/4 cup Sesame Seeds, toasted
2 cups torn cooked Chicken

1 cup Vegetable Oil
2/3 cup White Wine Vinegar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
2/3 C. Teriyaki Sauce
5 Tbs. Sugar

Cook bowtie pasta according to directions, drain and cool while whisking the dressing together in a large bowl. Marinate cooked bowtie pasta in the dressing for 1 hour or longer in the fridge. Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl and pour the teriyaki sauce and pasta over the salad, toss together and serve. If it’s just a few of you, make individual salad servings; keeping the salad and bowtie sauce separate for the rest of the week (no one likes a soggy salad).

This sauce is terrific!  Beyond terrific in fact.  The whole thing blended so well.  It was a perfect addition to my new series on what to do with those rotisserie chickens that are so cheap here in paradise.

Jackie loved it!  Thanks Melanie… A GREAT recipe!

Well worth the effort!

Dave here from MY YEAR ON THE GRILL. Plan ahead, be a cook and you to can say…  


And so can you!

Hey we don’t mind a repeat, especially if it’s a tried and true, I’d make it again one! Weunderstand being busy too! Great recipe!

Martha (MM)

No problem with the repeat Dave – I been so busy lately that I’m pretty sure I missed it the first time around. Sounds awesome and I can’t wait to have have it when out OKK team decides to take you up on your offer for us to all come for a visit 🙂