Asian Peanut Pasta Salad

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This Asian style pasta salad is full of flavor and perfect for lunch or dinner! 

Asian Peanut Pasta Salad- A mayo free pasta salad that is packed with flavor and vegetables!  It's gluten free and vegan and perfect for your next BBQ or a make ahead lunch!  It's also great for a quick and easy vegetarian dinner!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Although I consider our cat Cheeto to be just like a son, and I have celebrated Mother’s Day with him in the past, it was nice to to celebrate with Eli this year.  We brunched, played in our new mini pool and I enjoyed a few mimosas :)

Mondays are never anyone’s favorite, so hopefully this Asian Peanut Pasta Salad will cheer you up!

Asian Peanut Pasta Salad with Tofu- A mayo free pasta salad that is packed with flavor and vegetables!  It's gluten free and vegan and perfect for your next BBQ or a make ahead lunch!  It's also great for a quick and easy vegetarian dinner!

This pasta salad is loaded with tons of veggies, bulked up with some tofu and topped off with a creamy and flavorful peanut sauce.  If you are not a fan of the mayo soaked pasta salad you find at the deli counter, then this recipe is for you.

Asian Peanut Pasta Salad with Tofu- A mayo free pasta salad that is packed with flavor and vegetables!  It's gluten free and vegan and perfect for your next BBQ or a make ahead lunch!  It's also great for a quick and easy vegetarian dinner!

Although, it isn’t officially summer yet, it’s been really hot here and we’ve been barbecuing quite a bit.  This Asian Peanut Pasta makes for a great summer BBQ side dish.  It’s not too heavy and the Asian flavors are a nice change from the traditional pasta salads you see a lot. 

It’s also great for make ahead lunch or a quick and easy dinner!

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Asian Peanut Pasta Salad with Tofu-5839

Asian Peanut Pasta Salad with Tofu


  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6
  • Category: Dinner, Lunch, Gluten Free, Vegan

Ingredients

  • 12 oz rotini pasta, or your favorite kind
  • 1 (14 oz) container extra firm tofu, drained and patted dry
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tamari, or soy sauce (gluten free if necessary)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cups thinly sliced purple cabbage
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro

Peanut Dressing:

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 3 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tamari, or soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil, tofu and Tamari. Cook tofu until browned and crispy, 10 minutes.
  2. Place all dressing ingredients into a blender and blend until creamy, 30 seconds – 1 minute.
  3. Add the cooked pasta, tofu, all the vegetables and the peanut dressing to a large bowl and mix until combined. Pasta salad can be enjoyed immediately or refrigerated for up to 3 days.

 

Asian Peanut Pasta Salad with Tofu- A mayo free pasta salad that is packed with flavor and vegetables!  It's gluten free and vegan and perfect for your next BBQ or a make ahead lunch!  It's also great for a quick and easy vegetarian dinner!

 

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Comments

  1. Jennifer Dawson says

    I made this pasta salad tonight and had a big problem making the dressing. 1 cup of peanut butter is just way too much and not enough liquid. I finally had to start over using just 1/4 cup of peanut butter and it came out much better. Not sure if the amount of peanut butter was a typo or not? Everyone loved it though.

    • She Likes Food says

      Oh my gosh, I’m so so sorry about that!! I just looked back at my notes and it should have been 1 1/4 cups water not 1/4 cup. Eek! Again, I’m so sorry about that but glad you were able to salvage it and that everyone still enjoyed it!

  2. says

    I LOVE the idea of an asian pasta salad! That dressing sounds incredible! It’s starting to get pretty warm here and pasta salads like this are on my mind!

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