Saturday, April 28, 2018

Asian Pasta Salad

Asian Pasta Salad is a fabulous fusion pasta salad recipe loaded with colorful vegetables and tossed in an unforgettable Asian inspired dressing.

Summer is the season for pasta salads. I do love a bowl or warm creamy pasta, but when it is warm outside I want something cool, crisp, and healthy and that's just what this Asian Pasta Salad is.

Hello friends! Melanie here again from Garnish & Glaze with an awesome pasta salad. As much as I love a classic pasta salad or Tortellini Pasta Salad, I've fallen equally in love with this Asian fusion pasta salad. This Asian Noodle Salad is the perfect dish to bring to a barbecue this spring and summer. It's unique yet has flavors people know and love, it's not coated in mayonnaise, and it is loaded with colorful veggies. Plus, this is a great option for those at your party who are vegetarian or vegan. Make sure they get to it first because this salad goes fast.

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Helpful Tips to make Asian Noodle Salad :

  • Cut up all the veggies while you're waiting for the pasta water to come to a boil and waiting for the noodles to cook.
  • If making this ahead of time, toss a tablespoon of the dressing with the spaghetti noodles so they don't stick. Wait to add remaining dressing. This will keep your veggies nice and crisp.
  • Mix the dressing ingredients together in a jar. This allows you to store (and transport) the dressing easily if you're making it ahead of time. Plus, then you don't have to dirty another dish.
  • Cut the carrots in long thin strips by using a vegetable peeler. If you want to take a shortcut, buy a bag of match stick carrots.
  • This meal is already pretty healthy but you can take it a step further by using whole wheat spaghetti.

What you will need to make Asian Noodle Salad :

  • Quality Knives- You have a few veggies to chop up in this recipe and anytime you cut, chop, or slice, good quality knives make it easier and safer. You can help prolong the quality of your knives by honing them regularly.
  • Cutting Board- A big good solid cutting board is a necessity. I have many cutting boards but always come back to this one.
  • 4-quart Stock Pot- Great for soups, roasts, frying, cooking pasta... I use this all the time.

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Yield: Serves 6

Asian Pasta Salad

Asian Pasta Salad is a fabulous fusion pasta salad recipe loaded with colorful vegetables and tossed in an unforgettable Asian inspired dressing.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 10 MINStotal time: 20 mins


  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 4 carrots peeled, sliced thin
  • 10 mini sweet peppers (red and yellow), sliced
  • 1 cup edamame, cooked
  • 1 1/2 cups purple cabbage, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups green cabbage, sliced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup peanuts, chopped
  • sesame seeds


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (or 2 teaspoons ground ginger)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)


  1. Cook spaghetti according to directions on box. Once done, drain and place in a bowl of ice water until cooled. Drain again.
  2. While the pasta cooks, place dressing ingredients together in a jar and shake.
  3. Assemble by placing spaghetti in a bowl and topping with all the veggies, cilantro, peanuts, and sesame seeds. Pour the dressing on just before serving and toss until evenly coated. Serve immediately.


If making ahead of time, toss the spaghetti noodles with about a tablespoon of the dressing before layering on the veggies.

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  1. This recipe looks really good, but I'd never use spaghetti. Spaghetti is fine with a pasta sauce because you can twirl your fork around and get a good amount of the long strings on a fork with the sauce. In a salad with lots of tiny hard veggies - not gonna happen. Too hard to eat. If you're feeding kids a real nightmare for them. I'd use a different pasta. I don't even use spaghetti noodles in spaghetti as I'm a senior and I find it difficult with arthritis.

  2. Totally agree on that one. The more I read, the more I was picturing mini farfalle or bowties as my replacement pasta. Also, no nits in our salad due to allergies. The sesame oil will be replaced with a white balsamic.


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