Asian Peanut Pasta Salad

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Why bring the same old cold pasta salad to the cookout when you can WOW everyone with something a little different!

gluten-free-icon.gif Gluten Free

Ingredients

Salad

  • 6 ounces uncooked whole wheat spaghetti (about 3 cups cooked) (use gluten free pasta for GF version)
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 medium bell pepper, cut into strips
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup whipped peanut butter
  • ¼ cup chopped peanuts

Dressing

  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lite soy sauce (choose gluten free for GF version)
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to directions on package.
  2. In a large bowl, combine green onions, carrots, bell pepper, cilantro, peanut butter and peanuts.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients.
  4. Add warm pasta to salad ingredients and top with dressing.  Toss well to coat, making sure peanut butter gets creamy and melts throughout. 
  5. Refrigerate for 4 hours prior to serving.
  6. Top with grilled chicken breast to make meal or serve salad as a side dish.

Serves 5

Nutrition Information
Per 1 cup serving
Calories:  297
Total Fat:  14 g
    Saturated Fat:  2 g
Sodium:  326 mg
Total Carbohydrate:  38 g
    Dietary Fiber:  7 g
    Sugars: 8 g
Protein:  10 g