Sesame Pasta Salad

This recipe for Sesame Pasta Salad is a must try if you like sesame noodles.  The addition of chicken makes this a heartier pasta salad and one fit to be served as a main entree.  I have made this pasta salad with and without chicken and served it hot, room temperature and chilled.  It is an easy recipe to make ahead and serve chilled.

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package bow tie pasta
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups cooked chicken (shredded or cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1/3 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup green onions (sliced)

Directions

  • Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add sesame seeds and cook while stirring until they are lightly browned. Remove from heat and set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook according to package direction until Al Dente. Drain pasta and cool. Transfer to a large serving bowl.
  • In a jar with a tight fitting lid combine vegetable oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, ginger, black pepper and sesame seeds. Shake well.
  • Pour the dressing over the noodles. Add chicken and mix well. Add green onions and cilantro and serve.
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