So... I am aware that this is a "summer salad", but it is seriously scrumptious!
Plus all of these ingredients are easily accessible year round.
Make it. You will not be disappointed!Mandarin Pasta Salad
Recipe from Confessions of a Bake-a-Holic
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 clove garlic, diced
1/3 c. rice vinegar
1/4 c. orange juice
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 envelope Lipton onion soup mix
2 tsp. sugar
Mix well and refrigerate.
8 oz bowtie pasta, cooked
1/2 of a cucumber, diced
1/2 c. diced red bell pepper
1/2 c. chopped red onion
6 oz. baby spinach
11 oz can mandarin oranges, well drained
1/2 c. sliced almonds, toasted (350 for 8 minutes)
Toasted sesame seeds.
Pour all of the dressing over entire salad or serve on the side (do the latter if you plan to have leftovers).