PointsPlus Sesame-Ginger Pasta Salad

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PointsPlus Sesame-Ginger Pasta Salad
Sesame-Ginger Pasta Salad
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Sesame-Ginger Pasta Salad

Create a refreshing and healthy meal with some fresh cucumber, radishes, carrot, whole-wheat noodles, and a little Asian-inspired flair. It's a welcome departure from the usual pasta salads out there, often laden with heavy dressings and cheese.

Ready in
35 m
8
Servings
174
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Salt, to taste
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti or buckwheat soba noodles
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup thinly sliced English cucumber (2-inch lengths)
  • 3/4 cups thinly sliced and halved radishes
  • 3/4 cups thinly sliced and halved carrot
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallion, white and green parts
  • 3 tablespoons peanuts, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Directions

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain the spaghetti, rinse under cold running water, and drain again. In a large serving bowl, whisk together the water, soy sauce, canola oil, vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, sugar, and garlic until blended.

Add the pasta, ¾ cup of the cucumber, ½ cup each of the radishes and carrot, 3 tablespoons of the scallions, and 2 tablespoons of the peanuts and toss to combine. Top the salad with the remaining cucumber, radishes, carrots, scallions, and peanuts. Season with the red pepper flakes and serve.

Sesame Shopping Tip

Staples of Asian cuisine such as ginger, daikon, rice vinegar, and spicy chile sauces like Sriracha add bright, fresh flavors without lots of fuss.

Sesame Cooking Tip

Sriracha has good heat but also has flavor - its mild sweetness comes from sun-ripened chile peppers as well as sugar and garlic.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
7g
10%
Sugar
2g
N/A
Saturated Fat
0.7g
3.6%
Protein
6g
11%
Carbs
25g
8%
Vitamin A
101µg
11%
Vitamin B6
0.1mg
5.8%
Vitamin C
3mg
5%
Vitamin E
1mg
5%
Vitamin K
16µg
20%
Calcium
26mg
3%
Fiber
0.9g
3.7%
Folate (food)
32µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
32µg
8%
Iron
1mg
8%
Magnesium
55mg
14%
Monounsaturated
4g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
10%
Phosphorus
104mg
15%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
189mg
5%
Sodium
208mg
9%
Sugars, added
0.5g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
11.7%
Zinc
0.9mg
6.1%