Sesame Chicken Salad-a Lighter Version

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I am always on the lookout for a great main dish salad. This Sesame Chicken Salad fits the bill. It’s loaded with healthy ingredients, and the addition of pasta makes it more filling. Which is always a bonus in a house full of boys! I love the saltiness of the peanuts and dressing combined with the sweetness of the Craisins and oranges. So yummy!
Sesame Chicken Pasta Salad

Sesame Chicken Salad with Pasta

Dressing:
2 Tbsp oil
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp pepper

Salad:
8oz bowtie pasta
1 head leafy lettuce or 1 bag spinach
3 green onions, sliced
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
1/3- 1/2 cup Craisins
Mandarin oranges (optional)
2/3 cup roasted peanuts
2 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Cook pasta in salted water. Drain and cool. Add remaining salad ingredients to pasta. Stir in dressing to taste. My family liked it with just half of the dressing, so I saved the rest for another day. Yay!
Notes:
-The original recipe called for 1/2 cup of oil. I tried it, and I actually preferred this lighter version. So did my family. I love it when low fat tastes better! 🙂
-I’ve tried it with lettuce and spinach. My family likes the lettuce better, I like the spinach. Next time I’ll try some of both.


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