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Asian Pasta Salad

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This pasta, tossed in a sesame oil and soy sauce-based dressing, is a refreshing, Asian-inspired side dish perfect for picnics.  This is great for lunch, a light main meal, or even a supper-time side dish, so serve it for the family, or make ahead for your next Bar-B-Q.

Do you ever roast a whole chicken, and then wonder what you’re going to do with all the leftover meat after dinner is over? This is perfect for a chicken dinner day after. Pick those bones clean! Don’t let anything go to waste. As my mom always said, ‘A penny saved is a penny earned.’ That, and some juicy, leftover pieces from your roast chicken would be the perfect reason to whip up this dish.  Vegetarian or looking for a meatless meal idea? Omit the chicken. All the original tangy flavors will still infiltrate every bite.

Summer will be here before we know it, and this quick, colorful, and oh-so tasty cold, oriental noodle salad will pair perfectly with the season!

Asian Pasta Salad

4 Sons 'R' Us: Asian Pasta Salad

recipe adapted from Lil Luna

1 lb.  Tri-Color Rotini
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1 tsp. sesame oil
3 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 cups diced or shredded chicken breast
2 cups baby spinach
1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper strips, optional

Directions

1. Make pasta as directed and set aside.
2. Cook sesame seeds in a skillet on medium heat for 1-2 minutes until lightly toasted. Set aside.
3. Mix together vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, sesame seeds and pepper with a whisk until mixed well.
4. Pour dressing mixture over pasta and mix until coated evenly
5. Add chicken, cilantro, spinach, carrots, and peppers, if using. Toss and serve.

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About 4 Sons 'R' Us

Hi! I’m Meaghan. Welcome to my virtual kitchen & craft corner. Pull up a chair, stay awhile and follow along with us and our 4 sons. Can I get you a glass of wine? Some coffee? Pretzels or cheese sticks? While I can’t actually give you these thing online, I can show you how to make them… on a budget!

8 responses »

  1. This pasta salad looks delicious! I pinned it so I can make it at our next BBQ. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Linked here.

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    & @ Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

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  3. That looks great, and yes am often looking for ideas to use up chicken after a roast!

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  4. Hi Meaghan,
    We would just love your Asian Pasta Salad, I can almost taste it! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Miz Helen

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  5. I don’t seem to have that problem with chicken, but I certainly have a tricky time using up baby spinach and cilantro! This looks delicious, and perfect for hot summer days!

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    • Usually if I’m uninspired with my chicken leftover, I’ll make chicken salad or freeze it. Baby spinach I don’t ever have a problem going through. Cilantro, on the other hand, is always a trouble spot for me. Which is sad because after I’ve let some go to waste, I’m inundated with ideas for how it COULD have been used.

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