I think I've mentioned before that I am always on the quest to find the perfect salad recipes. I'm always asked to bring them to events and I never feel like I have conquered the perfect salad. Well, I think I have found my perfect pasta salad recipe. I really liked using the mini bow tie pasta this time because I thought they were the perfect size for for our event and there were lots of dishes to pile on your plate. This recipe is pasta salad meets oriental chicken salad. Adults and kids seemed to like it and I was asked for the recipe by a few people!
Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 (16 ounce) package bow tie pasta
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used 1/4 cup)
1/3 cup light soy sauce
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups shredded, cooked chicken breast meat
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup chopped green onion
I added some cooked peas
1.Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds, and cook
stirring frequently until lightly toasted. Remove from heat, and
2.Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta,
and cook for8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain pasta, and
rinse under coldwater until cool. Transfer to a large bowl.
3.In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, sesame seeds, ginger, and pepper. Shake well.
4.Pour sesame dressing over pasta, and toss to coat evenly. Gently mix in chicken, cilantro, and green onions.
Here are the results: