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Thai Pasta Salad

Thai Pasta Salad

Thai pasta salad with cucumbers and peppers

Thai Pasta Salad with bell peppers, cucumbers and sesame seeds.

Thai pasta salad is a dish Rod and I used to make all the time when we first met. Then somehow it was forgotten. The salad was rediscovered this summer and we have made it again and again.

Thai pasta salad

We like to add cucumbers, bell peppers and onions, but you can add whatever veggies you want into this pasta. The best part, besides its great taste….it keeps really well and makes amazing leftovers!

Additional Vegetable Options

  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Green Onions
  • Shallots
  • Snow Peas
  • Radishes

Thai Pasta Salad in small containers perfect for lunches.

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5 from 2 votes
Thai Pasta Salad
Thai Pasta Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Pasta salad with a light Thai dressing.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oriental pasta salad, pasta salad recipes, thai pasta salad, thai salad recipes, vegan pasta salad
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 213 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 8 oz pasta I used thin spaghetti
  • 2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 bell pepper sliced
  • 1/2 sweet onion sliced
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
  1. Cook pasta. drain, rinse in cool water and drain again. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Cut cucumber in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and discard. Cut cucumbers into thin slices.
  3. Add cucumbers, bell peppers and onions to pasta.
  4. To make the dressing, place rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes into a container. Mix well.
  5. Pour dressing over pasta.
  6. Toss pasta until well combined with dressing.
  7. Add fresh cut basil and cilantro and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Toss lightly.
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Sunset

Nutrition Facts
Thai Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Sodium 345mg 14%
Potassium 252mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 6g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 14.7%
Vitamin C 34.4%
Calcium 4.6%
Iron 7.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    August 27, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    looks gorgeous and I’m sure tastes delicious! Pinned!

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      August 29, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      Super tasty! Thanks 🙂

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    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    August 28, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Looks beautiful, Kathy, and I bet the flavors are fantastic! Great summer pasta idea!

    • Reply
      August 29, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      It is really great.

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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    August 28, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    I love thai pasta salads, Kathy. They have some much flavor and make such good left overs. I’m always looking for a dish I can make for dinner and then bring to lunch the next day. Pinning!

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      August 30, 2016 at 6:06 am

      This makes the best leftovers and packs well in a lunch!

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    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    August 29, 2016 at 4:45 am

    I really like how veggie versatile this recipe is Kathy! It’s looks tasty, easy and incorporates lots of stuff I’m using in m garden. Going to throw in some zucchini and green beans because I have to use them up! Thanks for sharing.

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    David @ Spiced
    August 29, 2016 at 5:05 am

    What a fun summer salad, Kathy! I can see how you guys would want to make this one all the time…it sounds incredible. And I love the thin spaghetti as the pasta choice here. Summer’s not over yet here (it’s still hot!), so that means it’s totally ok to keep on making summer pasta salads. I want to put this one on the list! 🙂

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      August 30, 2016 at 5:08 am

      It’s still hot here too….I think summer will stick around for a bit longer!

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    [email protected]
    August 29, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I just adore recipes like this! Pasta salads with whatever the garden’s producing! Nice!

    • Reply
      August 30, 2016 at 5:05 am

      It is great to just put in whatever you have on hand or whatever your favorites are.

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    August 29, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Looks awesome Kathy and I totally love the flavors!

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      August 30, 2016 at 5:01 am


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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    August 30, 2016 at 2:56 am

    What a beautiful and delicious looking Thai pasta salad. I am crazy for anything with pasta and Thai flavors. Awesome flavors, Kathy.

    • Reply
      August 30, 2016 at 4:57 am

      Thanks, Anu! It really is one of our favorites.

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    August 30, 2016 at 5:31 am

    This look super amazing Kathy. Anything with sesame oil is good in my book – it really gives amazing flavor. And I love salads that make good leftovers. We pack a lot of lunches around here. Hope you’re enjoying the last vestiges of summer. School started this past Monday for all my boys except Hudson, Jonathan is safely delivered to college, and we welcomed an exchange student from China for the year. (!)

    • Reply
      September 1, 2016 at 5:04 am

      What an exciting year you have ahead of you! Enjoy every minute 🙂

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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    August 30, 2016 at 5:46 am

    That salad looks fantastic. I love pasta salads and sesame! This would be perfect to pack for lunches too! Pinned!

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      September 1, 2016 at 5:11 am

      Sesame seeds and sesame oil have such great flavor.

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    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    August 30, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Look so delicious and fresh, Kathy! Love pasta salads…makes for perfect weekday lunches 🙂

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      September 1, 2016 at 5:23 am

      They pack up nicely and taste so good….everyone else wants what I’m having when I bring it in my lunch 🙂

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    August 30, 2016 at 7:03 am

    What a spectacular pasta salad. I love thai flavors.

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      September 1, 2016 at 5:50 am

      Thanks! 🙂

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    August 30, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I’m a huge fan of pasta salad, especially when it is packed with thai inspired flavor.

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      September 1, 2016 at 5:55 am

      I’ve used the dressing on green salads too.

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    M[email protected]
    August 30, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    I must try this salad, love Thai flavors!

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      September 1, 2016 at 5:58 am

      Give it a try….you will love it!

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    Megan - The Emotional Baker
    August 31, 2016 at 4:08 am

    This looks like a great lunch, dinner, or snack!! I love this combo of ingredients 🙂

    • Reply
      September 1, 2016 at 6:02 am

      You are right….perfect for anytime, even snack time!

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    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    September 1, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Isn’t it great when old beloved but forgotten recipes re-surface? I love all the veggies in this one, and the great Thai flavors!

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      September 2, 2016 at 4:46 am

      I agree!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    September 1, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I’m a big fan of anything Thai and I LOVE me a good pasta salad, so this one is totally calling my name, Kathy! I could eat this as a meal, but it also makes the perfect side!! Cheers, friend!
    P.S. Isn’t it the best when you re-vist oldie, but goodie recipes?! It’s like a big hug from a long lost friend. 🙂

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      September 2, 2016 at 5:32 am

      I’ve eaten it several times as a meal all by itself! Totally filling and satisfying!

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    September 2, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Absolutely delicious! And it reminds me of one of my own forgotten pasta salads, which I should definitely start making again. It looks similar to yours but I make it with roasted veggies and balsamic vinegar…. Mmmm!

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      September 2, 2016 at 5:39 am

      Oooohhhh! Roasted veggies 🙂 That does sound yummy!

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    Katie Crenshaw
    September 2, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I am a sucker for Thai food! I just love, love, love Thai food. I think I was Thai once in another life 🙂 Seriously, this pasta looks INCREDIBLE! I could eat the whole thing by myself. I will be saving this recipe to make soon! xoxo

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      September 3, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Thanks, Katie! I have eaten this whole thing all by myself 🙂

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    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    September 7, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Love all these flavors Kathy! So perfect for a veggie dinner and then eat the yummy leftovers for lunch 😉

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      September 9, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      Leftovers are my favorite. This has made a spectacular lunch for me all week.

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    September 8, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Wow, I love all the layers of flavours happening here! So awesome!

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      September 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      It is one of my favorites.

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