Sunday, August 19, 2007

Pasta Salad with Soy and Ginger Dressing

My aunt Jane gave me this recipe which is a great "party" salad. I made this for Grant's first birthday party and it was a hit.

Pasta Salad:
1 lb. Linguine or thin spaghetti
1-1 1/2 cups chopped, poached chicken breast
2 cups frozen peas
1 carrot (peeled, julienne strips)
1 red pepper (julienne strips)
4 green onions (thinly sliced, diagonal)

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 Tb dark sesame seed oil
1 Tb minced garlic
2 Tb brown sugar
1 Tb freshly grated ginger

Whisk dressing ingredients and coat pasta salad. Top with two tablespoons black sesame seeds*. Refrigerate 2 hours prior to serving.

*If you can't find black sesame seeds, you can toast white sesame seeds on a cookie sheet.

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