Asian Pasta Salad

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This week I needed to make a salad for our annual ‘Sizzling Summer Salad Social’ at church.  With only a few ingredients on hand, and no time for a grocery store run, I was mulling over the idea of pasta salad with a Greek flare…tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, olives, feta, purple onions and a balsamic dressing.  Then I realized, I didn’t have any olives and, you can’t make a Greek salad without olives…nope, that wouldn’t do.  Hmm, I looked in my produce drawer again and found a red bell pepper, green onions, grated carrots, basil and edamame and that’s when I got the idea for an Asian Pasta Salad.  Loaded with hearty veggies and bathed in a homemade soy ginger dressing it turned out rather tasty, if I do say so myself.  Hope you enjoy making and eating it as much as I did!

Asian Pasta Salad

  • 1 lb bowtie pasta
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small bunch green onions, copped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup edamame
  • 5-6 large basil leaves, julienned
  • Chow mein noodles (if desired)

Cook pasta according to directions on the package. While pasta is cooking, chop red bell pepper, green onions and shredded carrots.  I buy the bags of carrots already pre-shredded; for this recipe, the pieces were too long so I did a rough chop.  Roll up basil leaves and slice cross-wise.  Put vegetables, basil and edamame to a large mixing bowl.  Strain pasta; run cold water over it for a minute or two to cool it down.  Mix pasta in with vegetables and toss.  Add dressing and combine.  Garnish with more julienned basil leaves and chow mein noodles.

Dressing

  • 2/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 5 T agave nectar or 2 T brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Mix all ingredients in a blender or magic bullet.  If too sour, add more sugar, agave or olive oil.  I like to keep the oil and sugar at a minimum to avoid the extra fat and carbs.  Adjust to your personal likes and taste.

4 comments

  1. Liz!

    I love these so much! Keep them coming!

    Love you,

    Anna:) Rast

    “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes yet?”

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