Sesame Ginger Pasta Salad
This tangy Asian flavored pasta salad is chock full of tender veggies and a delicious twist on the traditional cold side salad. It can be served as a side dish to dinner, or as a light lunch.
Prep Time20 minutes mins
Total Time20 minutes mins
Course: Pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian
For The Sauce
- 1 tbsp ginger paste
- 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp soy sauce
For The Salad
- 16 oz farfalle pasta cooked according to the package directions, drained
- 8 oz snow peas blanched
- 1 sweet red pepper seeded & diced
- 1 bunch thinly sliced green onions
- sesame seeds for garnish
- chopped, roasted peanuts for garnish
In a small skillet, over medium heat, toast the sesame seeds, about two minutes or until they’ve turned a light brown. Set them aside.
To a small mixing bowl add the ginger paste, mustard, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, and soy sauce. Whisk all the ingredients together until the dressing is smooth. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine the cooked pasta, snow peas, diced pepper, sliced green onions, and the dressing.
Toss until everything is coated, and then put it in the refrigerator to chill. Serve cold, making sure to toss everything again right before hand.
Just before plating, top with garnish (if desired).
- Not a fan of toasted sesame seeds? Crispy chow mein noodles or even slivered almonds both add the perfect crunchy topping to servings of this Asian style pasta salad.
- For even more zest, throw a clove of pressed garlic into the dressing.
- You could really load up on veggies and add any you'd find in Asian meals. Ideas include mushrooms, celery, water chestnuts, baby corn, and edamame.
Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1077IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg