Kel’s Asian Inspired Bowtie Pasta Salad

Garnish with sesame seeds

I receive daily recipes from, and when this one appeared in my email, I knew I was going to have to give it a try. I’m always looking for new ways to make pasta salad and this one sounded nice and refreshing for the summer. Although this recipe calls for chicken, you could easily eliminate it and still have a wonderful and filling salad.

Of course I had to tinker with the ingredients some and used more mandarins, pasta and garlic than originally called for. I substituted grape tomatoes for the Roma tomatoes and increased the amount to a cup, and replaced the toasted sesame oil with hot chili sesame oil for an extra kick. I added sesame seeds as a final garnish. Here’s a link to the original recipe:

This pasta salad keeps well in the fridge for a few days after making it.

Ingredients for the Dressing

Kel's Asian Inspired Bowtie dressing ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon Hot Chili Sesame oil
  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed

Ingredients for the Pasta Salad

Kel's Asian Inspired Bowties salad ingredients

  • 12 ounces bowtie (farfalle) pasta
  • 1 cup cucumber, scored, seeded and cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped red onion
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, stems removed and torn into small pieces
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin orange segments, drained
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Sesame seeds for garnish


Make the dressing by whisking together the ginger, rice vinegar, orange juice, vegetable oil, sesame oil, soup mix, sugar and garlic until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

Mix sauce ingredients

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the bowtie pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and cool.

Drain bowties

Place all of the vegetables (cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, carrots and spinach) in a large bowl and toss until well blended.

Add veggies

Toss in the chicken and mandarins until well mixed.

Add chicken and mandarins

Stir in the cooled pasta. Add the toasted almonds and pour the dressing over the salad and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with sesame seeds.

Garnish with sesame seeds

Serve with rolls, crusty bread, or even a bowl of gazpacho or tomato soup.

Dinner is served

Bon appétit!

Eat, drink and be merry!

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