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Thai Pasta Salad

March 18, 2019 (Last Updated: May 16, 2019)

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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 Thai Pasta salad

What ingredients do I need?

  • Spaghetti
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell Peppers
  • Onion
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sugar
  • Sesame Oil
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Sesame Seeds

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. 

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5 from 8 votes
Thai Pasta Salad in a white bowl on a white board.
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: 8 people
Calories: 159 kcal
Author: Kathy
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
  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.
Dressing
  1. Place rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes into a container. Mix well.

  2. Pour dressing over pasta. Toss pasta until well combined with dressing.

  3. 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 159 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 258mg11%
Potassium 189mg5%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 550IU11%
Vitamin C 21.3mg26%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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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 šŸ™‚ .

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

      I’m a mind reader! šŸ™‚ 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!! šŸ™‚

    • 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
    annie@ciaochowbambina
    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.

  • Reply
    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 šŸ˜‰

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 9, 2016 at 7:26 pm

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

  • Reply
    Katie Crenshaw
    September 2, 2016 at 8:49 am

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

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 3, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Thanks, Katie! I have eaten this whole thing all by myself šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Adina
    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!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 2, 2016 at 5:39 am

      Oooohhhh! Roasted veggies šŸ™‚ That does sound yummy!

  • Reply
    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. šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 2, 2016 at 5:32 am

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

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 2, 2016 at 4:46 am

      I agree!

  • Reply
    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 šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 1, 2016 at 6:02 am

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

  • Reply
    Manali@CookWithManali
    August 30, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    I must try this salad, love Thai flavors!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 1, 2016 at 5:58 am

      Give it a try….you will love it!

  • Reply
    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.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 1, 2016 at 5:55 am

      I’ve used the dressing on green salads too.

  • Reply
    Balvinder
    August 30, 2016 at 7:03 am

    What a spectacular pasta salad. I love thai flavors.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 1, 2016 at 5:50 am

      Thanks! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    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 šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      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 šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 1, 2016 at 5:11 am

      Sesame seeds and sesame oil have such great flavor.

  • Reply
    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
      Kathy
      September 1, 2016 at 5:04 am

      What an exciting year you have ahead of you! Enjoy every minute šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    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
      Kathy
      August 30, 2016 at 4:57 am

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

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

    Looks awesome Kathy and I totally love the flavors!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 30, 2016 at 5:01 am

      Thanks!

  • Reply
    annie@ciaochowbambina.com
    August 29, 2016 at 1:05 pm

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

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 30, 2016 at 5:05 am

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

  • Reply
    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! šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 30, 2016 at 5:08 am

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

  • Reply
    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.

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 30, 2016 at 6:06 am

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

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

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

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 29, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      It is really great.

  • Reply
    mira
    August 27, 2016 at 3:25 pm

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

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 29, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      Super tasty! Thanks šŸ™‚

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