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Thai Pasta Salad

March 18, 2019 (Last Updated: July 14, 2020)

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Thai Pasta Salad is a perfect side dish to serve with your favorite barbecue dishes. This vegan pasta salad has a light oriental dressing is filled with fresh bell peppers and cucumbers. Thai salad is sure to become a new favorite.

Thai Pasta Salad topped with sesame seeds in a white bowl.

Thai pasta salad is a dish Rod and I used to make all the time when we first met. Then somehow it was forgotten. I was digging through old recipes and stumble across this recipe for a pasta salad with an Oriental dressing. Since the salad was rediscovered we have made it again and again.

This Asian noodle salad is perfect for almost anytime of the year. It’s really great during the summertime to take to a potluck or a barbecue. You don’t have to worry about keeping it cold. This salad is okay if it reaches room temperature. I often serve it when we grill up Marinated Flank Steak. 

This pasta salad is vegan so it’s a hit with just about everyone.

A plateful of pasta with fresh veggies.

What type of pasta do I use?

You can use spaghetti noodles or thin spaghetti noodles in this dish. 

How do I toast sesame seeds?

You can buy toasted sesame seeds or you can toast them at home. I like to toast them at home because they aren’t difficult and buying them costs a whole lot more.  To toast, use a dry small saute pan. I often use one that is perfect for frying eggs.

Do not add oil. Heat pan over medium heat and add sesame seeds. Use a heat resistant spatula to move seeds around. The seeds will begin to brown in 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and place in a bowl as soon as they begin to brown. Do not take your eyes off the seeds while they are cooking. Sesame seeds burn in no time at all. 

Additional Vegetable Options

We like to add cucumbers, bell peppers and onions, but you can add whatever veggies you want into this pasta. Some options include – 

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

The best part of this salad –  besides its great taste – it keeps really well and makes amazing leftovers! I like to pack up any extras and take them in my lunch. 

Pasta salad in small glass containers.

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A bowlful of pasta with bell peppers, cucumbers and basil.

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Thai Pasta Salad in a white bowl on a white board.

Thai Pasta Salad

Kathy
Pasta salad with a light Thai dressing.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 159 kcal

Ingredients
  

Salad

  • 8 oz pasta (I used thin spaghetti)
  • 2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 bell pepper (sliced)
  • 1/2 sweet onion (sliced)

Dressing

  • 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

Garnish

  • 1 Tablespoons fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro (chopped)

Instructions
 

Salad

  • Cook pasta. drain, rinse in cool water and drain again. Place in a large bowl.
  • Cut cucumber in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and discard. Cut cucumbers into thin slices.
  • Add cucumbers, bell peppers and onions to pasta.

Dressing

  • Place rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes into a container. Mix well.
  • Pour dressing over pasta. Toss pasta until well combined with dressing.
  • Add fresh cut basil and cilantro and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Toss lightly.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Sunset

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 5gFat: 3gSodium: 258mgPotassium: 189mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 550IUVitamin C: 21.3mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
Keyword oriental pasta salad, pasta salad recipes, thai pasta salad, thai salad recipes, vegan pasta salad
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This post was originally published in August of 2016. The post has been updated.

 

 

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55 Comments

  • Reply
    Fred G
    March 20, 2019 at 10:17 am

    5 stars
    Great for lunch or a salad side for dinner.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 20, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      It really is!

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    March 19, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    5 stars
    Kathy, the flavors in this pasta salad sound so delicious! I would love having this in the fridge waiting for me when hunger strikes!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 20, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      It is one of those salads that’s even better the second day!

  • Reply
    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    March 19, 2019 at 10:38 am

    How did you know I was craving Thai this week? Seriously this is a wonderfully flavored salad and I cant wait to try it! Take care ๐Ÿ™‚ .

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 20, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      I’m a mind reader! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    March 19, 2019 at 6:12 am

    5 stars
    I can imagine how delicious this would be for meal prep to have for easy (delicious) lunches throughout the week! Love the Thai flavour here too.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 20, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks Dawn!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    March 19, 2019 at 5:31 am

    5 stars
    Another excellent reminder of the recipe archives, Kathy! I’m a big fan of Thai flavors, so the idea of incorporating them into a pasta salad sounds awesome. Bring on pasta salad season!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 20, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      All these recipes hidden deep down in the archives need a little love!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    March 18, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    5 stars
    I love Thai flavors Kathy! What a great pasta salad for lunches during the week!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 19, 2019 at 4:59 am

      I love taking to work for lunch. It travels great and is packed full of flavors.

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    March 18, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    5 stars
    Thai flavors are some of my favorites! This dish will surely hit the spot!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 19, 2019 at 4:59 am

      It’s packed full of flavor!

  • Reply
    Julianna
    September 8, 2016 at 10:32 pm

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

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      It is one of my favorites.

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