Mandarin orange and chicken pasta salad

    53 min

    All of the light and fragrant flavours of Asian cuisine with loads of fresh veg and the sweet citrus tang of mandarin oranges make this chicken pasta salad a truly beautiful, nutritious and delicious main for lunch or a light dinner!

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 teaspoon finely chopped, peeled root ginger
    • 5 tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 4 tablespoons orange juice
    • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
    • 2 tablespoons dry onion soup mix
    • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
    • 1 clove garlic, pressed
    • 225g farfalle pasta
    • 1/2 cucumber - scored, halved lengthways, seeded and sliced
    • 75g diced red pepper
    • 85g coarsely chopped red onion
    • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
    • 1 carrot, grated
    • 175g fresh spinach
    • 1 (295g) tin mandarin orange segments, drained
    • 275g diced cooked chicken
    • 50g flaked almonds, toasted

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:8min  ›  Ready in:53min 

    1. To make the dressing whisk together the root ginger, rice vinegar, orange juice, vegetable oil, sesame oil, soup mix, sugar and garlic until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
    2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain, and rinse under cold water. Place pasta in a large bowl.
    3. To make the salad toss the cucumber, pepper, onion, tomatoes, carrot, spinach, mandarin oranges, chicken and almonds with the pasta. Pour the dressing over the salad mixture, and toss again to coat evenly. Serve immediately.

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    Reviews in English (208)


    Made a very refreshing meal on a hot day. We used the juice from the tin of mandarins instead of orange juice.  -  12 Jul 2015


    Hi Shelby, I agree I don't like to use the onion soup mix either. I searched and found a homemade version here is is.. 3/4 cup dried minced onion 1/3 cup NO MSG beef bouillon powder 4 tsp onion powder 1/4 tsp celery salt 1/4 tsp sugar Directions Combine all ingredients. You can store it in a ziplock bag or air-tight container. It keeps for quite a while.  -  01 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Absolutely fantastic. I can't stop eating it! The dressing is phenomenal. Quite a bit of work chopping all the veggies and dicing the chicken, but my goodness is it totally worth it. I doubled the recipe but regret I didn't triple it!  -  16 Sep 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)