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Sesame Pasta Salad

Sesame Pasta Salad is a delicious dish to serve hot or cold with crisp vegetables and a tasty Asian dressing that comes together in about 15 minutes.

We love to serve these sesame noodles with Grilled Garlic Shrimp, Chicken Stir Fry or Orange Meatballs.

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Sesame Pasta Salad on a red check napkin.

There are nights that when you need something quick and easy and this sesame pasta is just the ticket. They are also great to make ahead and enjoy for lunch throughout the week.

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Ingredients Needed

  • Linguine ~ Spaghetti or angel hair pasta works well too.
  • Soy Sauce ~ We used less sodium soy sauce, use your favorite. It adds classic savory Asian flavor.
  • Rice Vinegar ~ Adds tangy flavor. Substitute white vinegar if you don’t have rice vinegar.
  • Honey ~ Balances out the saltiness from the soy sauce.
  • Toasted Sesame Oil ~ The signature flavor for the Asian dressing. 
  • Sriracha ~ Adds a spicy kick.
  • Granulated Garlic, Ground Ginger, Black Pepper ~ Seasoning for the dressing.
  • Red Bell Peppers ~ Adds a fresh, vibrant flavor and crunch to the salad.
  • Green Onions ~ Delicious fresh flavor that brightens the pasta.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds ~ Optional garnish for added crunchy texture.

Step By Step Directions

Collage making sesame dressing, chopping onions, red bell peppers, drained pasta.

Boil the pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water until completely cooled. Drain well.

Meanwhile, make the dressing in a small bowl. Add soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, Sriracha, garlic, ginger and pepper. Whisk together until well combined.

Dice the red bell pepper and slice green onions thin.

Linguine, green onions and red bell peppers in a bowl.

Add drained linguine to a large bowl and add bell peppers and green onions.

Pasta salad with sesame dressing.

Pour the dressing over the top and toss with tongs until pasta is well coated.

Pasta salad with red bell peppers and green onions.

Garnish with sesame seeds.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 4 days.

Serve it Hot: These sesame noodles can be served hot if preferred. Skip rinsing the noodles with cold water and toss with vegetables and dressing as soon as you drain them.

Add-Ins: Cooked shrimp, chicken or beef and any vegetables that you like.

Bowl of pasta salad with red bell peppers.

Sesame Pasta Salad is one of those dishes that everyone loves and can be made in a hurry, perfect for busy weeknights.

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Sesame Pasta Salad with red bell peppers and green onions.
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Sesame Pasta Salad

Sesame Pasta Salad is a quick and easy side dish to serve with just about any meal. It comes together in less than 30 minutes and is sure to be a crowd favorite.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Asian pasta salad, cold sesame noodles, easy sesame pasta, sesame noodles
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 191kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 16 ounces linguine
  • 1/4 cup lite soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lower sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup thin sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


  • Boil pasta according to package directions.
  • Rinse under cold water until cooled, drain well.
  • Mix dressing in a small bowl by combining soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, toasted sesame oil, Sririacha, garlic, ginger, and pepper. Whisk until well combined.
  • Add pasta, bell peppers and green onions to a large bowl Top with dressing and toss to coat.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Store pasta in an airtight container up to 4 days.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 902mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g


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