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Sesame Chicken Salad

After weeks of snow and more snow, this light and summery salad is a welcome change from warm soup and bread. Give it a try and you'll think it's summer, at least until you look outside.

Sesame Chicken Salad

8 oz bowtie pasta, cooked
green leaf lettuce, chopped
baby spinach, torn
1 1/2 c. chicken, cooked and chopped
2 green onions
1 small can mandarin oranges
sesame seeds, toasted

Toss pasta, lettuce, spinach, chicken, green onions, mandarin oranges and sesame seeds together. (Use as much lettuce and spinach as you'd like. ) This is a really great salad since you can add whatever veggies or lettuce you have in the fridge and it should taste great.

Right before serving, drizzle dressing and toss salad. Or serve the dressing on the side, so you can save the leftover salad without it getting soggy.

Dressing:
2 T. oil (I used canola)
1/4 c. soy sauce
2 T. white sugar
1 T. brown sugar
3 T. rice vinegar
splash of sesame oil (about 1 tsp.)
tiny pinch of ginger (1/8 tsp.)
sprinkle of garlic powder (1/4 tsp)
salt and peppter

Whisk all dressing ingredients together, then serve with salad.

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