Asian Pasta Salad with Peanut Dressing

A Pasta Salad with Asian flavors is all we needed for our weekend brunch. This Salad has a Spicy Peanut Dressing and is topped with toasted sesame seeds to extra flavor. 

Asian Pasta Salad with spicy peanut dressing

The last and final pasta salad for the week is all Asian. I had to include one of the pasta salads that has flavors from one of our favorite cuisines. We all love Thai food and this Pasta salad has all the flavors of a good Thai Peanut noodles minus the cooking part. The vegetables that I have added is what I had at hand. You can add as many different ones or as little as you like and this pasta salad would work either ways.

The Spicy Thai Peanut Dressing is the highlight of this dish. It is so quick to put together and I used a blender to blend everything. Since we love Asian cuisine, I pretty much have all the sauces in my pantry. I just had to cook the spaghetti and add the rest of the ingredients and mix. The Pasta salad is ready to be served right away, or even better, refrigerate it to take it for lunch the next day.

I love cooking for the blog over the weekend as I get to have some extra help around. I have the taste testers ready and waiting to jump in to taste and give their expert opinion and even better, I get a food photographer / stylist with a fresh set of eyes to help plate and take pictures. Below is my son shooting and his picture. 

Photographing pasta salad

Spicy Thai Noodle Salad

The ingredients for this Asian Pasta Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing is pretty simple.

Noodles / Pasta – 

If you find fresh noodles around, you can use that to make this salad. I used spaghetti for my recipe as I had it in my pantry. You could also use any dry noodles of your choice or even linguine would work. Since it is an Asian salad, stick to the noodle kind of pasta and not any other shape.

Vegetables – 

I used carrot, bell pepper and spring onions with generous amount of cilantro. You could also use broccoli, red onions in the recipe. If using broccoli, cook it for couple of minutes and then add it to the mix. 

Asian Spicy Noodle Salad

Dressing – 

I used crunchy peanut butter in the dressing. Any kind of peanut butter would work. Along with it soy sauce is a must. I always have a large bottle of sweet chili sauce as my boys love it on all their noodles. If you don’t have it, use some brown sugar when blending to add some sweetness. I don’t use a lot of toasted sesame oil as it is pretty strong. If you like the flavor of it, you could add a little more. We really don’t need salt in the dressing as soy sauce has enough salt. We love a little spice in our noodles and hence I used crushed red pepper. If you don’t like much heat reduce the crushed red peppers or use black pepper instead. 

Sesame seeds – 

I toasted some sesame seeds to add to the salad for crunch and extra flavor. I used both black and white sesame seed to give some color to the dish as well. 

Asian Pasta Salad with spicy peanut dressing

Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 10 Minutes
Difficulty level – Easy / Beginner

Ingredients to make Asian Pasta Salad with Peanut Dressing – Serves 4 

For the Salad – 

  • Spaghetti – 1/2 lb
  • Carrot – 1/2 cup (grated)
  • Bell pepper (red or green) – 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
  • Spring onions – 2 stalks (sliced)
  • Cilantro – about 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
  • Sesame seeds – 1 TBSP

For the Peanut Dressing – 

  • Peanut Butter – 1 TBSP
  • Soy Sauce – 2 TBSP
  • Sweet chili sauce – 2 TBSP
  • Toasted sesame oil – 1 tsp
  • Garlic – 2
  • Rice wine vinegar – 1 TBSP
  • Lemon juice – 2 tsp
  • Red chili flakes – 1/2 tsp (or as needed)

Asian Pasta Salad with spicy peanut dressing

Procedure to make Asian Pasta Salad with Peanut Dressing – 

To make the Peanut Dressing – 

  • Add all the ingredients mentioned for the sauce in a small blender jar and give it a quick blend until everything is combined. You could mince the garlic finely and also whisk all the ingredients in a bowl. I preferred blending them all together as it is quicker and also gave a even mixture of the dressing.

Spicy Peanut dressing

To make the Salad – 

  • Boil plenty of water and add salt to the boiling water. Cook the pasta until al dente and drain it. Run cold water over the pasta to stop the cooking process and drain. 
  • Place the drained pasta in a wide bowl. 
  • Add the grated carrot, chopped bell pepper, cilantro and scallion to the same bowl.

pasta and vegetable for asian pasta salad

  • Pour the dressing over and mix them all together to combine.

Pouring spicy peanut dressing over pasta salad

  • In a small pan, dry roast the sesame seeds until you hear a popping noise. I used both black and white sesame for color and flavor. 
  • Add the toasted sesame seeds to the salad and mix.

Asian noodle salad with toasted sesame

  • Serve at room temperature or refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Asian Spicy Pasta Salad with peanut dressing

Asian pasta salad with spicy peanut dressing
5 from 8 votes
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Asian Pasta Salad

A Pasta Salad with Asian flavors is all we needed for our weekend brunch. This Salad has a Spicy Peanut Dressing and is topped with toasted sesame seeds to extra flavor. 

Course Pasta, Salad
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Keyword Asian Noodle Salad, How to make Asian Pasta Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Author Sandhya Ramakrishnan

Ingredients

For the Salad -

  • Spaghetti - 1/2 lb
  • Carrot - 1/2 cup grated
  • Bell pepper red or green - 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
  • Spring onions - 2 stalks sliced
  • Cilantro - about 1/2 cup finely chopped
  • Sesame seeds - 1 TBSP

For the Peanut Dressing -

  • Peanut Butter - 1 TBSP
  • Soy Sauce - 2 TBSP
  • Sweet chili sauce - 2 TBSP
  • Toasted sesame oil - 1 tsp
  • Garlic - 2
  • Rice wine vinegar - 1 TBSP
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Red chili flakes - 1/2 tsp or as needed

Instructions

To make the Peanut Dressing -

  1. Add all the ingredients mentioned for the sauce in a small blender jar and give it a quick blend until everything is combined. You could mince the garlic finely and also whisk all the ingredients in a bowl. I preferred blending them all together as it is quicker and also gave a even mixture of the dressing.

To make the Salad -

  1. Boil plenty of water and add salt to the boiling water. Cook the pasta until al dente and drain it. Run cold water over the pasta to stop the cooking process and drain.
  2. Place the drained pasta in a wide bowl.
  3. Add the grated carrot, chopped bell pepper, cilantro and scallion to the same bowl.
  4. Pour the dressing over and mix them all together to combine.
  5. In a small pan, dry roast the sesame seeds until you hear a popping noise. I used both black and white sesame for color and flavor.
  6. Add the toasted sesame seeds to the salad and mix.
  7. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate until ready to serve.

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19 thoughts on “Asian Pasta Salad with Peanut Dressing

  1. I used t make this a long time back and we used to love it. I wonder what happened to me that I forgot about this wonderful pasta salad? Many many thanks for the reminder. Kudos to the budding photographer !

  2. 5 stars
    Your son did a great job styling and photographing the salad. It is wonderful when you have someone to help you around with both tasting and clicking. Salad looks amazing and am sured tasted great with thai peanut dressing.

  3. Your son has captured the dish well, kudos for being eager to help out mom. 🙂 That sure is one flavor loaded dressing to go with pasta. I have been postponing trying this Asian flavored pasta for long and would definitely give your version a try.

  4. 5 stars
    I could make a meal on this pasta salad! I’ve never made a peanut dressing but every time I see one, I want to make it. I think this might be the one. I love the spicy element! And I have all the ingredients in my kitchen right now!

  5. 5 stars
    A Pasta Salad with Asian flavors sounds awesome. True this could be a perfect brunch option. Spicy Peanut Dressing definitely adds the beautiful flavour to it.
    Woesome share

  6. A Pasta Salad with Asian flavors sounds awesome. True this could be a perfect brunch option. Spicy Peanut Dressing definitely adds the beautiful flavour to it.
    Wowsome share

  7. 5 stars
    Well explained recipe. The peanut dressing sounds interesting, it looks so flavorful and yummy. Can’t ask more in this salad. Your son did a wonderful job. The styling and picture is perfect.

  8. Asian food especially the Thai flavors are my absolutely favorite and this pasta salad is loaded with the same yumminess. Going to give it a try tonight only

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