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sesame ginger pasta salad in a glass mixing bowl
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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 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian
Servings: 6
Calories: 337kcal

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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).

Notes

  • 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. 

Nutrition

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