Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Peanut Sesame Pasta Salad

I made this recipe for dinner a few weeks ago intending to post it sooner, but life has a habit of getting in the way. I either didn't have time to post, or when I did, I didn't feel like writing one.  

This recipe is a favorite summertime recipe and I have mentioned it on my motorcycle blog before after taking it to a moto-potluck picnic.  I only make it about every 3-4 months since we try to limit our pasta and salt consumption.  

The original recipe was found on and can be found by clicking this ----> LINK.  As usual, I made it according to the recipe the first time.  While we liked the sauce, I figured it needed a lot more veggies and a little tweaking.  What follows loosely resembles the original inspiration.  

I only use all natural fresh ground unsalted peanut butter.  Most of the stores in town have the machines that have roasted peanuts on top and when you turn it on fresh ground peanut butter is dispensed in your container.  It is the healthiest kind of peanut butter with no additional fats and/or sugars.  1 cup of peanut butter may seem like a lot of fat, but it is a natural fat and there is no additional fat in the salad.

GLUTEN FREE OPTION:  To make this gluten free use a gluten free pasta such as quinoa, corn, or rice pasta and a gluten free tamari or Braggs Liquid Aminos in place of the soy sauce.


    For Sauce:
1 cup Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce (or tamari or Braggs)
1/3 cup Warm Water
2 Tbsp peeled, chopped Ginger (or jarred pureed ginger)
2 Tbsp peeled, minced Garlic
4 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
3 Tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
1 Tbsp Honey (optional for vegan)
    For salad:
1 - 16oz pkg of Pasta, farfalle (bowties), mini farfalle or other interesting shapes to hold the sauce
1 Red Pepper, chopped
1 cup Snow or Snap Peas, cut in 1" sections
1 medium Carrot, sliced
4 Green Onions, sliced including whites and greens
1- 15.5 oz can of Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 - 15.5 oz can of Baby Corn, cut into sections
2 sm Broccoli crowns, chopped into small florets
sesame seeds for sprinkling


1.  In a food processor, blender, or with a whisk mix all sauce ingredients together and process until smooth.  I like to add a little hot sauce as well.  Pour into large mixing bowl.  I use the largest stainless steel one I have.  Mixture might look slightly runny but will firm up when chilling.  Put sauce in the refrigerator to chill while cooking pasta and preparing the rest of the ingredients.

2.  Cook pasta according to package directions.  You want al dente, not over done. Rinse with cold water.

3.  Chop all veggies and drain and rinse the chickpeas and baby corn.  I place all of the veggie ingredients in one large bowl as I prepare them.

4.  Remove sauce from the refrigerator.  Add pasta. Toss to coat making sure you bring up all the sauce from the bottom of the bowl.

5.  Add veggies to pasta/sauce mixture and toss again. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and toss again repeating this a few times to incorporate the sesame seeds and make sure all of the veggies are coated.

6.  This can be served right away or stored in the refrigerator overnight.  It is best the first day.  By the second day the pasta will absorb some sauce and after plating you may want to heat it in the microwave for 20-30 second after plating it.  This will soften the sauce.

This is a very versatile recipe.  I have been known to add other veggies if I have them such as mushrooms or cucumbers.  Whatever veggies you fancy or have on hand, go ahead and add them. Water chestnuts are also a good addition.

- Bon Appetit

"Preserve and treat food as you would your body, remembering that in time food will be your body." - B.W. Richardson


  1. Looks yummy!! Hubby and I are still meat and dairy free ... Yay! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yay, so glad you are hubby are sticking with it. Have you noticed a difference with how you feel at all?

    2. Totally! We did fall off the wagon and ate some pizza. Ewwww! Sure didn't feel so great afterwards or a day or two later. I think we've learned our lesson. Hubby says he didn't know how bad he was feeling until giving up meat/dairy.

    3. At the beginning it is easier to fall of the wagon. We've learned to just stick with it. Occasionally if we are running late Saturday morning we'll have a scone or muffin at the coffee shop knowing they probably have milk or butter in them, but prefer to eat at home.

      We find we have more energy now and don't need as much sleep. Hopefully you notice not getting sick too. That is a big thing with us. We rarely get a cold anymore and for some reason my allergies are even better this year.

  2. This IS yummy! I remember having it at the Ride 44 picnic - now I'll have to make it at home :)

    1. Yes but I am still waiting for the recipe for your ramen slaw. That was my favorite at the picnic, I couldn't eaten the whole bowl. I found one online but I am not sure if it is exactly the same.

      The only think I don't like about the above pasta recipe is that it can seem a little salty sometimes. I am wondering about replacing some of the low sodium soy sauce with extra vinegar or water.