Spruce up your next pasta salad by making this tangy Asian Pasta Salad! This delicious dish is packed with an irresistible sweet and salty flavor, as well as tons of colorful, crunchy vegetables. This is the perfect dish to bring to any gathering!
Of allll the yummy pasta salads that have passed through my kitchen lately (and the list is plentiful), this Asian Pasta Salad ranks toward the top of the list. I had containers packed with a variety of pasta salads in my fridge and this is the one I finished first. The sauce is really hard to describe in words, but my best effort would be a sweet and salty combination of tangy-zingy perfection.
Make this quick and easy recipe to bring to your next summer barbecue or tailgate party. I promise people will RAVE and there won’t be another dish like it in the spread.
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HOW TO MAKE ASIAN PASTA SALAD
This light noodle salad is so delicious and the spicy homemade dressing is delicious!
Cook 8 ounces of spaghetti or angel hair pasta in a large pot with boiling water until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water. Add to a large bowl along with carrots, coleslaw, red bell pepper, green onions and cilantro.
In a small bowl combine the dressing ingredients: soy sauce, olive oil, brown sugar, garlic, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sriracha and ginger. Whisk until combined. Pour over the contents in the bowl and toss to combine. Mix well, cover tightly and refrigerate until ready to serve. Just before serving, top with sesame seeds.
RECIPE TIPS: MAKE THE BEST ASIAN NOODLE SALAD ON THE BLOCK!
The sesame seeds offer a nice texture and finishing touch to your salad. Chopped peanuts would be a great, delicious option, too!
Snap peas are a great addition to the salad if you’re looking to pack more veggies in.
Squeeze a half a fresh lime over the salad right as you’re about to serve! The fresh lime juice will add an extra touch of total deliciousness.
If you need to prep this salad the day before, be sure to cook the noodles and keep the mixed dressing separate until you are ready to serve. Combine the noodles and dressing just before serving.
Have leftover rotisserie chicken? This side dish just became the main meal. Toss in some shredded chicken for a delicious lunch or dinner!
Don’t skip the cilantro! Even if you’re not a huge fan, this fresh-tasting herb will cool the spicy ingredients down and complement the mixture.
Feel free to serve chilled or at room temperature.
Make a second batch of this dressing and keep it on hand for another salad!
The spaghetti/angel hair is such a perfect noodle for this recipe, but in a pinch feel free to swap out for a different type of pasta.
OTHER GREAT PASTA SALAD RECIPES
Pasta salad are the best kinds of recipes to bring to any type of gathering because they get DEVOURED. Here are a handful of other pasta salad faves!
Best Ever Pasta Salad -This is my favorite pasta salad recipe of ALL TIME. It is packed full of delicious bites (think olives, salami, chunks of cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and artichokes!) and it is the perfect food to bring to potlucks. There’s a zesty italian dressing that brings it all together for a perfect salad that could also be your dinner!
Taco Ranch Pasta Salad – Having a pasta salad that shares the crunchy wonderful zingy flavors of a taco dinner is great for potlucks and summer BBQ’s! You can cater this salad to your liking but make sure to chop up some tomatoes, black olives and the crunchy smashed doritos on top makes it popular!
Caprese Pasta Salad – Caprese Pasta Salad is a huge hit at parties! Serve this delicious dish as a side, salad or appetizer. The combination of tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese and basil is absolute perfection!
Italian Pasta Salad – This zesty Italian Pasta Salad is a delicious cold salad that can be made quickly, but that does not lack in flavor! It is packed with pasta, crisp veggies, fresh mozzarella, black olives and salami. Make a double batch to share at your next summer gathering.
Easy Classic Macaroni Salad – Macaroni Salad is creamy, crunchy, filling and totally delicious! You have hard boiled eggs, crunchy celery and dill pickles chopped up and mixed in. You’ll enjoy the diced red onion and flavor of the simple dressing made with mayo, mustard and apple cider vinegar with a few spices thrown in!
TAKE-OUT FAVORITE COPYCAT RECIPES
Being able to make some of your favorite take-out recipes is going to change things up! Follow along to learn how to make some delicious Asian favorites.
CRAVING HEALTHY SALADS OPTIONS?
If you’re on a roll with salads and are looking for some healthier options, consider these delicious options:
Best Chopped Salad – This chopped salad is packed with delicious ingredients including candied pecans, red onions, avocado, tomatoes and more!
Edamame Tomato Corn Salad – Edamame Tomato Corn Salad is my favorite salad recipe of ALL TIME. This delicious salad is a crowd-pleaser, enjoyed any time of the year. Bring this to a party and it will be devoured immediately!
Loaded Veggie Salad – This versatile Loaded Veggie Salad is EASY to make and it is packed with healthy ingredients, such as chickpeas, black beans, tomatoes and avocados. It is a delicious lunch, wrap filling, party side or even a topping for chicken!
Quinoa Edamame Salad – Quinoa Edamame Salad is great for parties and can be served in throw-away cups for serving ease. Also great as a salad to have in the fridge. It is packed with fresh fruit and veggies.
Crunchy Bok Choy Salad – This crunchy, veggie-packed Bok Choy Salad is a great dish to bring to parties. Prepare this one just before serving. It will quickly become a salad favorite!
Asian Pasta Salad
- 8 ounces spaghetti or angel hair pasta
- 1 cup match stick carrots
- 1 cup coleslaw mix
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 1 bunch green onions thinly sliced, white and light green parts only
- 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon dried ginger
- Sesame seeds for topping
- Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water. Add to a large mixing bowl along with carrots, coleslaw, pepper, onions and cilantro.
- In a small bowl combine the soy sauce, olive oil, brown sugar, garlic, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sriracha and ginger. Whisk until combined. Pour over the contents in the bowl and toss to combine.
- Mix well, cover tightly and refrigerate until ready to serve. Just before serving, top with sesame seeds.