I thought I’d share one of my most favorite salads with you. I’m making it this week for a luncheon. This salad is a WINNER. It is super yummy, it feeds a lot of people, and it is healthful. Heck, my kids even eat it (including the Spinach part). Anyway, tuck this away for when you really need a safe bet. One thing to remember–do NOT add the spinach until just about ready to serve; otherwise it wilts.

Jen’s Chicken, Pasta, and Spinach Salad
1 pound gemelli pasta-cooked, drained, cooled
3 cups cooked chicken, shredded
1/4 sesame seeds, toasted
8 cups clean fresh spinach (COSTCO’s baby spinach)
1/4 cups chopped flat leaf parsley
1/2 cup green onions, chopped

1 cup olive oil
2/3 cups rice vinegar
6 Tblsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup soy sauce

mix pasta and chicken and toss with half of the dressing. let sit overnight or several hours. serve with spinach, don’t STORE with spinach. just before serving–add spinach and rest of dressing. if you think there will be leftovers, exclude spinach. this makes a deceptively large amount of food.


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