Asian Pasta Salad Homemade Dressing
An easy and delicious Asian pasta salad topped with a sweet and tangy dressing that’s packed with veggies and flavor!
Asian Pasta Salad is a pasta dish that can be easily customized with your favorite ingredients.Serve with this Pasta Salad Chicken Caesar Wraps and Fruit Roast, perfect for a picnic!
One summer not long ago, my mom and I got together every Wednesday night. I always bring new desserts and she always tries new recipes. fun, right? It really forces us to try new recipes and find out what we like and don’t like. One of our favorites we’ve found is this Asian Pasta Salad.
After looking at all the delicious ingredients, she knew we had to give it a try. We love chicken, peppers, pasta, spinach, carrots and all things Asian, so it’s no surprise that we love this recipe. In fact, we’ve made it several times because it’s perfect for BBQs and holiday parties.
I know you’re going to love this Asian Pasta Salad. It really is one of my favorites right now and I can’t wait to have it again. Pasta and spinach (with a homemade dressing) make it so delicious!
Make Asian Pasta Salad
spaghetti. Make pasta as directed and set aside.
sesame seeds. Cook the sesame seeds in a skillet over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, until lightly toasted. shelved.
dressing. Using a whisk, combine vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, sesame seeds, and pepper until smooth.
combine. Pour the dressing mixture over the pasta, chicken breasts (try our oven-roasted chicken), red peppers, shredded carrots, and spinach and toss to combine. Please enjoy!
Tips + Storage Information
Sugar substitute: If you want to cut back on the added white sugar, or just run out of sugar for now, you can use it in place of agave or honey. This may change the texture of the dressing, so add another tablespoon or so of water to thin the dressing.
spaghetti: If you don’t have rotini, you can always use pasta, shells, or macaroni. The shape of the pasta won’t change the flavor, but it’s up to your preference.
shortcut: Use roast chicken and a bag of pre-chopped carrots.
Some other great ingredients in this dish include:
- snow peas
- Crispy Wonton
- Add spice by adding red pepper flakes or sriracha to the dressing
shop Leftovers refrigerate in an airtight container for 4-5 days.
make this salad advance time if you are willing to. If you make this salad in the afternoon and serve it later in the evening, it should be fine to combine all the ingredients. If you plan to serve it later, you should separate the salad ingredients so they don’t get soggy. Combine spinach, chopped vegetables, pasta, and salad dressing in separate containers until combined and serve immediately.
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Prep time 15 minutes
Total time 15 minutes
Serving Size 4
Calories 493 kcal
by Lil’ Luna
- 1 – 16 oz. Pack tricolor rotini
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/3 cup rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 TB sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3 cups chicken breast cooked and diced
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 red bell pepper julienned
Make pasta as directed and set aside.
Cook the sesame seeds in a skillet over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, until lightly toasted. shelved.
Using a whisk, combine vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, sesame seeds, and pepper until smooth.
Pour the dressing mixture over the pasta, chicken breast, red peppers, shredded carrots, and spinach and toss to combine. Please enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Cooking Mama.