Peanut Thai Pasta Salad

peanut thai noodles
Leah Maroney
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 pasta salad (6 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
547 Calories
15g Fat
89g Carbs
19g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 pasta salad (6 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 547
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1548mg 67%
Total Carbohydrate 89g 32%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Protein 19g
Calcium 96mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Peanut Thai Pasta Salad is the perfect summer pasta salad. It is full of spicy and savory peanut flavor and could not be easier to whip together.

Simply blend all of the ingredients for the sauce in a food processor and top over the noodles and vegetables. Place it in to go containers and you've got the perfect picnic pasta salad!  It's also the perfect amount to bring to a back yard barbecue. Serve it with some grilled marinated chicken or grilled shrimp for a complete meal.

Change up the vegetables if you wish. Replace the carrots, bok choy, or cucumbers with red peppers, broccoli, snow peas, or any other fresh vegetables.

This pasta salad is best served at room temperature. Plan to prepare it and then serve within an hour of making it.  If you need to make it further in advance, just make the sauce, cook the pasta, chop the vegetables and then wait to combine until just before you are ready to serve. The peanut butter can seize up on the pasta if it is kept in the refrigerator for too long!

Any dried pasta will do. The easiest ones to serve are shorter pastas like fusilli or farfalle. These two types also hold the sauce very well due to their nooks and crannies. 

This dish is delicious served in the summer but can also be enjoyed year round. Serve the pasta warm in the winter and fall. 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (or rice vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons ginger (fresh or powdered)
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha hot sauce
  • Noodles:
  • 1 lb. of linguini (or bow ties or any dry pasta)
  • 1/2 of English cucumber (thinly sliced)
  • 1 head of bok choy (or other Chinese cabbage, thoroughly cleaned, chopped or shredded)
  • 4 carrots (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 scallions chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (white)

Steps to Make It

  1.  Combine the sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender, until smooth.

  2. Cook the pasta to an al dente texture or according to the package directions.

  3.  Cut vegetables to desired thickness and width. Toss cut veggies with the soy sauce and lime juice in a separate bowl. Allow to marinate for 10-15 minutes if possible. 

  4. Combine the noodles with the sauce and veggies until completely combined. Sprinkle the top of the pasta with scallions and sesame seeds. Serve with extra sriracha if desired!

  5. Serve immediately or room temperature. If preparing ahead of time, make the sauce, cook the pasta, and chop the veggies. Wait until you are ready to serve to combine all three together.