Lisa’s Asian Spinach & Mandarin Pasta Salad Recipe

  • Servings : 8-10
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 8m
  • Ready In : 30m

Recently, I was making a meal for a friend

who had unexpectedly lost her mother.

I needed a hearty, no-meat recipe–

as she is not the carnivore that lives within me–

So….I set out to create

a salad that I was sure she would enjoy.

It has quickly become a favorite at her house as well as ours!


  • 1 bag baby spinach, washed and drained
  • 1 large can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 1/2cups craisins
  • 16 oz box bow tie pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 pkg Ramen Noodles, broken up and toasted in 2TBSP butter and 1 TBSP olive oil; drain on paper towels
  • Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


Step 1

Mix all dressing ingredients and set aside

Step 2

Boil pasta per directions on box; drain and let cool.

Step 3

In medium skillet, heat oil and butter.

Step 4

Break up Ramen noodles into small pieces; add to skillet and stir continuously until brown and crispy.

Step 5

Drain noodles on paper towels and set aside to cool.

Step 6

In a large salad bowl, mix together baby spinach, mandarin oranges, craisins, cooled pasta and dressing; toss well to combine.

Step 7

Stir in toasted Ramen pieces.

Step 8

Serve and enjoy!

Step 9

I also like to add grilled chicken to mine for a very hearty meal.

As I remember that week as a busy, crazy one,

I regrettably did not capture pics of each recipe step…

but this is easy, peasy!

Just boil and drain the pasta,

mix it together in a large bowl with the spinach,

the craisins, the mandarin oranges…

Brown the broken noodles from the Ramen package

in a bit of butter and olive oil…drain on paper towels …

Right before serving, make the dressing and add to the salad

along with the toasted noodles, tossing all well to combine…

Serve and enjoy every last bite!

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