Peanut Butter Veggie Pasta Salad

Try this simple vegetarian Peanut Butter Veggie Pasta Salad recipe for lunch

Peanut Butter Veggie Pasta Salad

The peanut butter gives this pasta salad just the kick it needs to go from good to great. The rich, creamy peanut dressing coats the noodles and provides plenty of the complex, salty peanut butter flavor to a bowl of noodles and vegetables.

This recipe is courtesy of McKenzie Hall and Nourish RDs.

4
Servings
389
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the pasta:

  • 1 1/2 Cup dry whole wheat fusilli pasta
  • 1 Cup small broccoli florets
  • 1 Cup small cauliflower florets
  • 1 Cup asparagus spears, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 Cup carrots, julianned
  • 2 Tablespoons scallions
  • 1 Tablespoon cilantro

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 Cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon wasabi powder (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon sesame oil

Directions

For the pasta:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package instructions — about 11 minutes for fusilli. Strain, and set aside to cool.

Bring another large pot of water to the boil and add cauliflower florets, cook for 2 minutes, then add broccoli florets and asparagus to the pot with the cauliflower. Cook all veggies for 1 minute longer.

Strain vegetables and add to a large bowl of ice water to stop them cooking and keep their colors bright. Strain and set aside.

In a large serving bowl, add pasta, cooked vegetables, carrots, scallions, and cilantro. Pour about half of the sauce over the mixture and toss. Add more sauce to your desired consistency. (Adding more as the salad sits and ingredients soak up sauce.)

For the sauce:

In a medium-sized, microwave-safe bowl add peanut butter and water, and cook for about 30 seconds until soft. Whisk until smooth. Then add the soy sauce, wasabi powder, rice vinegar, and sesame oil.

Peanut Butter Shopping Tip

If you're looking for a smoother texture in your finished product, try using confectioners' sugar (also known as 10x sugar) instead of granulated sugar.

Peanut Butter Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
18g
28%
Sugar
9g
N/A
Saturated Fat
4g
18%
Protein
15g
29%
Carbs
45g
15%
Vitamin A
164µg
18%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
16.1%
Vitamin C
26mg
43%
Vitamin E
4mg
18%
Vitamin K
28µg
35%
Calcium
59mg
6%
Fiber
5g
18%
Folate (food)
82µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
82µg
20%
Iron
2mg
12%
Magnesium
95mg
24%
Monounsaturated
9g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
6mg
28%
Phosphorus
236mg
34%
Polyunsaturated
5g
N/A
Potassium
535mg
15%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
14.9%
Sodium
287mg
12%
Sugars, added
3g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
11.3%
Zinc
2mg
12%

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