Thursday, September 23, 2010

Asian Sesame Spaghetti Salad

This recipe receives rave reviews!  I first tasted it when served by a neighbor at our annual block party.  I've made it a couple more times, varying the vegetables each time.  I've also altered the recipe slightly from the original, so have fun with it!  Make it to your taste. 
whisk together:
1/2 C rice vinegar
1/4 C red wine vinegar
1/2 C sugar (or use just a little bit less)
2 T sesame oil
1 T soy sauce (tamari is best if you have it)
2 garlic cloves, minced
@ 2 t yellow mustard
1/2 to 1 t ground black pepper
1/2 t ground ginger (or 1 t grated fresh--or more!  I love fresh ginger!)
1/4 t ground red pepper (or to taste or leave out)
 tiny pinch of salt

16 oz cooked spaghetti, al dente, no salt or fat added (or vermicelli)
2 T sesame seeds, toasted

vegetables  (use the vegetables of your choice, as many or as few as you like)
variation 1:  (original, that's why there are actual measurements!)
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
1 small zucchini, cut into thin strips
4 oz shredded carrots
1/2 C chopped green onions

variation 2:
red bell pepper, chopped
green onions, chopped
yellow baby carrots, cut into thin coins
radishes, cut into thin strips
corn, cut fresh off the cob

variation 3: 
2 T green bell pepper, finely chopped
3/4 of a red bell pepper, chopped
1 ear of corn, cut fresh off the cob
orange carrots, cut into thin coins
1 T turnip, finely chopped
green beans, cut and steamed 
1 green onion, chopped

As soon as the spaghetti is cooked, drain thoroughly and place in a bowl.   Stir in the whisked ingredients while spaghetti is still warm.  Toss in sesame seeds.  Add vegetables.  It will take an hour or two for the flavors to blend.  

NOTES:  The photo is of variation 3 made with vermicelli.  For fun, to take the photo, I placed the salad on baby field greens and added basil leaves with a chamomile flower.

photo by me © 2010


  1. Oh that looks so fresh and flavorful! All of the different variations look really good. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Not only does this dish look beautiful but it also sounds delicious. I like all the variations you added in the recipe, each one sounds great.

  3. Interesting! Will make this next week.

  4. Ooo, delicious, with variety and vegetarian! Thanks.

  5. Looks lovely and I bet it tastes as good.

  6. I love all the veggies in the wonderful salad.

    Thanks for stopping by.


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