Asian Pasta Salad

This is an easy salad to put together and perfect for a warm day. Asian Pasta Salad works well as a side at a cookout too. I’m using fresh grated ginger and broccoli that I blanched a few minutes. Water chestnuts, sesame seeds, and red bell pepper add crunch. You can easily substitute snow peas for the broccoli. If you don’t have fresh, you can try dried ground ginger, but it isn’t as tasty. Ginger, garlic, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sweet chili sauce add a sweet and sour zing. I serve it cold, but you can serve it warm if it suits you. For a main dish, add cooked protein (like grilled chicken or shrimp) at the end and toss.


Asian Pasta Salad

This is an easy salad to put together and perfect for a warm day. It has a sweet and sour zing and works well at a cook-out.
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword asian salad, cold salad, summer salad
Servings 4


  • 8 oz uncooked pasta of choice
  • 1 tsp olive oil or sesame oil
  • 5 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 3 tsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli blanched (or sugar snap peas)
  • 1/2 cup water chestnuts


  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil
  • Cook pasta according to package directions until it's al dente (about 10 minutes)
  • Drain pasta and rinse under cold water
  • Transfer pasta to a serving bowl and toss with olive oil (or sesame oil)
  • Whisk soy sauce, garlic, ginger, vinegar, sesame seeds, chili sauce, and sesame oil together in a bowl
  • Toss soy sauce mixture with pasta
  • Add onions, red bell pepper, water chestnuts, and broccoli and toss
  • Refrigerate 30 minutes to overnight to allow flavors to blend
  • Optional to serve warm, set salad aside for 30 minutes
  • Toss again before serving.
  • Optional add cooked meat on top as main dish

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13 thoughts to “Asian Pasta Salad”

  1. I love this idea especially since we are getting a major heat wave this week with temps near 100 degrees! Looks really delicious.

  2. Looks delicious. It’s been a while since I’ve had water chestnuts.

    I’d put some Chinese crispy noodles on top for some extra crunchy goodness.

  3. Carol, this sounds so good! I can’t wait to try this.
    Visiting today from April’s #33&34

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