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A light pasta salad with Asian flair.


Oriental Pasta Salad from Taste and Tell

I’m always looking for great ideas for side dishes – especially in the summer. I think it’s harder in the summer to come up with something, because you don’t want something too heavy. And as much as I love pasta salads – especially ones with mayonnaise in them, I tend to steer clear of them in the summer months.

A few weeks ago, I got an email with a recipe for an Asian inspired pasta salad. It sounded really good, but it was made with mayonnaise. I knew that if I did make it, it wouldn’t be for a few months, until the weather cooled down, so instead of keeping it, I deleted the email. And then I couldn’t get it out of my head. All I wanted was an Asian inspired pasta salad. I actually thought about it every day for about a week. And then we decided to do a little barbecue with my husband’s parents for Father’s Day. The first thing I claimed was a pasta salad!!

This salad came together better than I had expected. All of the flavors worked together so well, and it was exactly what I was looking for. And the wonderful thing about it is that it’s perfect for outdoor picnics because there is no mayonnaise! This salad keeps really well, too. I ate it for a couple of days after I made it, and it was just as good as leftovers as it was the first day it was made!

Oriental Pasta Salad recipe

Oriental Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings

Oriental Pasta Salad

A light pasta salad with an Asian flair.

Ingredients

  • 16-ounces bow tie pasta
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 11-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup edamame
  • 2/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boiling. Add in the pasta and cook until just shy of al dente. (The pasta will soak up the dressing and continue to soften.) Drain pasta and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine the vegetable oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, ginger, pepper and sesame seeds. Fasten the lid and shake well to combine. Pour over the pasta in the bowl and stir or toss several times to completely combine and let the pasta soak up the dressing.
  3. Gently stir in the cilantro, green onion, mandarin oranges, edamame and almonds. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
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7 Responses to Oriental Pasta Salad

  1. kat says:

    that does sound like a great summer dressing instead of mayo

  2. I love pasta salads in the summer and have been craving them bad lately. This version sounds great so I will have to give it a try!

  3. Joanne says:

    I actually hate mayo, so pasta salads like this are my go-to during the summer! The asian flavors in this sound delicious and i love your fun mix-ins!

  4. Katrina says:

    This looks so yummy! Love this idea.

  5. love this unique taste on pasta salad–i’m always looking for non-mayo recipes!

  6. Christi J says:

    Mmmm. This looks great! I’ll be making it soon!

    Thanks!

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