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Asian Pasta Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

This Asian Pasta Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing is healthy, light, and supremely delicious. Easily whip it up in less than 30 minutes. Asian Pasta Salad is fabulous for picnics, potlucks, or a healthy family meal. 

Asian Pasta Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

Every summer we goal towards as much outdoors time as possible. It’s a resolute priority around here.

We embrace it all: hiking long trails, biking around lakes, or running around town (literally.)

Here in the Twin Cities, it’s all about breathing in as much summer air as possible during these few brief yet glorious months.

In order to maximize our sunshine time outside, it means less time under a roof. And much less time at the stove. It means Igloos filled with cold drinks and watermelon. And all the perfect picnic food.

Bring on the Asian Pasta Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing. It’s healthy, nourishing, and tastes divine.

Plus, this Asian Pasta Salad comes together in 30 minutes or less. So you can spend more time out there and less time in the kitchen…

Asian Pasta Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing

This Asian Pasta Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing?

It’s got everything going for it:

  • Vibrantly colorful, which means it’s totally good for you
  • All the fun textures, ranging from chewy pasta (which can be GF) to crunchy sweet peppers
  • It’s a satisfying meal-in-one that’s waist friendly
  • The Ginger Sesame Dressing is the awesome sauce (we think you’ll want a few bottles of this sitting in your fridge)

Asian Pasta Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing

If you make a bottle or two of the Ginger Sesame Dressing ahead of time and keep it chilled, you’ll be happily patting yourself on the back whenever you crave a yummy salad. This homemade dressing is so, so, sooo much better than store-bought.

Plus, having the dressing pre-made turns this Asian Pasta Salad into an even faster 15-minute deal.

Just chop, toss, and go.

Happy summer-ing 🌞

Asian Pasta Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing

Asian Pasta Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing

Asian Pasta Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

3.67 from 3 ratings
This Asian Pasta Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing is healthy, light, and supremely delicious. Easily whip it up in less than 30 minutes. Asian Pasta Salad is fabulous for picnics, potlucks, or a healthy family meal.

Ingredients  

For the Dressing:

  • ¼ cup seasoned rice wine vinegar, found in most stores' Asian aisles
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Sriracha
  • 1 TB soy sauce
  • 3 TB pure honey
  • 3 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 TB Asian toasted sesame oil, caramel brown in color
  • cup canola or olive oil
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 TB toasted sesame seeds

For Pasta Salad:

  • 16 oz cooked rotini, drained and cooled (sprinkle with olive oil to prevent sticking)
  • 16 oz bag of fresh cole slaw mix, no dressing
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup edamame, pre-shelled
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onion
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup toasted, sliced almonds

Instructions

  • Do Ahead: In a bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients until well blended. Transfer to desired container and keep chilled until ready to use.
  • When ready to serve: Toss together all salad ingredients, except for almonds, in a serving bowl. Gently toss in desired amount of dressing. Garnish with almonds and serve.

Notes

Unused dressing can be kept in airtight container for several weeks in the fridge.
Make this recipe GF by using your favorite gluten-free pasta.
This version is meatless, but feel free to add shredded cooked chicken or shrimp if desired.
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Pasta, Salad
Cuisine: Asian

Did you make this?

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8 comments

    • Liz
    • 5 stars

    This salad is soooooo good. Flavours are amazing. I did add the honey but not the sugar as it was sweet enough, personal preference. I doubled the dressing as I know I will make this recipe again. I’m a fan of many of your recipes Amy! TY

      • Amy Dong

      I double the recipe all the time, too!

    • May

    Can I make the salad the night before and dress it?

      • Amy Dong

      Yes, you can!

    • Ncole

    Would this dressing be good as a marinate for salmon and steak that I want to cook and add to the dish?

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, it could definitely work for salmon or steak! You may want to sprinkle a bit of kosher salt and black pepper over your proteins before immersing in marinade. Yummy idea! 🙂

    • Emily

    These look delish! I’ve been wanting to eat more salads, but need to branch out from the boring plain ones. Can’t wait to test some of these out!

      • chewoutloud

      Enjoy, and thanks for coming over,
      Emily!

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