PointsPlus Sesame-Ginger Pasta Salad

PointsPlus Sesame-Ginger Pasta Salad
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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.

8
Servings
297
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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
14g
20%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
18mg
6%
Carbohydrate, by difference
37g
28%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
22µg
3%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
4µg
4%
Calcium, Ca
30mg
3%
Choline, total
48mg
11%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
13µg
3%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
19mg
6%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
76mg
11%
Selenium, Se
6µg
11%
Sodium, Na
227mg
15%
Water
66g
2%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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.