Asian Sesame Chicken Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. (1/2 package) bow tie noodles, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or diced
  • 4 cups romaine salad mix
  • 1 (15 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted, optional
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup wonton strips or chow mein noodles, plus more for garnish
  • Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Preparation

  1. In a medium bowl or measuring cup, whisk together rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and vegetable oil, then stir in garlic, ginger, sesame seeds, sugar and red pepper flakes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine romaine mix, pasta and chicken and toss together.
  3. Add mandarin oranges, almonds, cilantro and green onions, and mix together until fully incorporated.
  4. Pour dressing over the salad and toss again, then let sit 15-30 minutes.
  5. Add wonton strips or chow mein noodles just before serving and enjoy.