Spicy Asian-Style Pasta Salad


1 pound linguine or spaghetti, broken in half

3 tablespoons sesame oil or canola oil 

3 tablespoons honey**

3 tablespoons soy sauce, low-sodium

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/4 teaspoon cayenne or red pepper

3 red bell peppers, seeded, thinly sliced

3 cups snow peas, strings removed

1 large red onion, thinly sliced

1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped (or 2 tablespoons dried basil)

3/4 cup honey-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped (optional)

**Special Note:
DO NOT give honey to children under 12 months of age - they are at risk of infant botulism, which is a rare but serious form of food poisoning.

  1. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling water until tender but still firm. Drain and transfer to large bowl. 
  2. While pasta is cooking, wash and prepare vegetables and basil (if using fresh). 
  3. Whisk 2 tablespoons oil and the honey, soy sauce, vinegar, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl to make dressing. 
  4. Mix half of dressing into pasta. 
  5. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in large frying pan over medium-high heat. 
  6. Add bell peppers, snow peas, and onion. 
  7. Add vegetables to cold pasta. 
  8. Mix in basil, peanuts (if using), and enough remaining dressing to coat salad. 
  9. Serve hot or cold.
  • Serve this as a side dish or add cooked chicken or shrimp for main course. 
Nutrition Facts: 

Serving size: 1 cup with peanuts

Calories: 280

Fruits and Vegetables: 1/3 cup

Fat: 9 g

Fiber: 4 g

Sodium: 170 mg


This material was developed by the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program.

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