Asian Inspired Pasta Salad

A bowl of veggies and corkscrew pasta.
As delicious as it is pretty.

I had an idea for this Asian Inspired Pasta Salad for a few weeks now and I spent some time sorting out the recipe in my head before actually creating it.  I knew I wanted this pasta salad to be slightly sweet and have super crunchy vegetables, but I wasn’t sure about the rest. I didn’t decide all the ingredients for this recipe until I was actually in the store. I spotted the creamy poppy seed dressing that I used in this and built the rest of the pasta salad around it. I also had the idea to add mini chicken and cilantro won tons to this recipe but I did have to go to a Trader Joe’s for those because they are the only store that I know of that carries the mini version. If you do not have access to a Trader Joe’s you can omit them from the recipe or you can use the larger won tons or even pot stickers that are found in the frozen aisle of a lot of grocery stores. This Asian Inspired Pasta Salad was a big hit with everyone, even Mister Tipsy’s Dad who isn’t usually a fan of trying ANY new foods. To be honest, he didn’t love the shelled Edamame but he did eat it and secretly I think he enjoyed trying a new veggie.

This Asian Inspired Pasta Salad is a fun twist on your traditional pasta salad. I love to make a big batch of any kind of pasta salad on the weekends in the Summer and we have it to snack on or have with lunch all week. What I liked most in this recipe were the veggie I chose to use in it. I used:

  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Seedless Cucumber
  • Green Onions
  • Purple Onions
  • Mini Tri-Colored Peppers
  • Frozen, Shelled Edamame

Tipsy Tip

When cutting up our veggies for any pasta salad, make sure they are all cut to a similar size and shape. Meaning, if you’re going to slice some veggies, slice them all. If you’re going to dice some, dice them all. The similar texture and shapes will make the salad so much  more enjoyable to eat.

The other ingredients that you will need for this recipe are:

  • 1 Box of Tri Color Rotini Noodles
  • 1 Bottle of Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
  • 1 Bag of Mini Chicken and Cilantro Won Tons from Trader Joe’s

Tipsy Tip

If you do not have access to a trader Joe’s you can leave out the mini won tons. You can also use the larger won tons or pot stickers for this recipe. You will probably just need to adjust the cook time. You can also omit the creamy poppy seed dressing and use a soy based ginger vinaigrette instead.

The steps to making this recipe are super easy:

  1. Boil your pasta according to package directions, drain, rinse with cold water and cool completely.
  2. You can add your mini won tons to the pasta when it is cooking for the last two minutes or you can cook them separately for two minutes in boiling water, drain, rinse and cool.
  3. Chop all your veggies into uniform, bite sized pieces. I think the diced veggies go better with the rotini pasta. I did slice my peppers because they were mini peppers. If I were using large peppers I would have diced them as well.
  4. Thaw the edamame and add to the veggies.
  5. Toss all the ingredients together and combine well and let sit covered in fridge overnight.
A bowl of pasta salad
Summer in a bowl.

This Asian Inspired Pasta Salad is perfect as is. Not only is it delicious to eat but it is as equally delicious to look at. To me it looks like Summer in a bowl. Serve as a complete meal or with some grilled chicken. I have to warn you that if you make this for a party they are going to ask you to bring it every time!

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Asian Inspired Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Seedless Cucumber
  • Green Onions
  • Purple Onions
  • Mini Tri-Colored Peppers
  • Frozen, Shelled Edamame
  • 1 Box of Tri Color Rotini Noodles
  • 1 Bottle of Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
  • 1 Bag of Mini Chicken and Cilantro Won Tons from Trader Joe’s

Steps

  1. Boil your pasta according to package directions, drain, rinse with cold water and cool completely.
  2. You can add your mini won tons to the pasta when it is cooking for the last two minutes or you can cook them separately for two minutes in boiling water, drain, rinse and cool.
  3. Chop all your veggies into uniform, bite sized pieces. I think the diced veggies go better with the rotini pasta. I did slice my peppers because they were mini peppers. If I were using large peppers I would have diced them as well.
  4. Thaw the edamame and add to the veggies.
  5. Toss all the ingredients together and combine well and let sit covered in fridge overnight.
A bowl of pasta salad
Summer in a bowl.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. I will leave a few clickable links to some other of my most popular salad recipes below. If you make any of my recipes, post a picture to social media and tag me on Instagram @thetipsyhousewife and on Facebook @tipsywife. You can also find all my recipes by giving me a follow on Pinterest!

Thank you and as always, happy eating!

Love, Tipsy

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