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Monday, February 29, 2016

Asian Pasta Salad

Spring is getting closer all the time...and so is picnic season!  My favorite foods to take on a picnic are different types of salads.  

Several years ago, we visited the ultimate picnic spot: Sonoma Valley in California.  It is gorgeous there!  If you haven't been, go!  When we first arrived, we stopped at the (very nice) welcome center. There was a counter of gourmet, picnic-type foods inside.  I remember a pasta salad with Asian flavors.  It was delicious and perfectly light for a Spring picnic day.  

I've recreated that dish from memory.

Asian Pasta Salad

1 (8 oz.) package Asian Noodles
1 Red Bell Pepper (julienned)
about 8 Green Onions (julienned)
1 Cucumber (seeded and julienned)
1 Tbsp Black Sesame Seeds
1 cup Asian Vinaigrette
Instructions: Cook noodles by the instructions on the package.  Put all ingredients in a decorative bowl and toss to blend.  Serve immediately or prepare the night before and store in the fridge.

Recipe for Asian Vinaigrette
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1 clove minced Garlic
1 Tbsp Honey
*Whisk ingredients together to combine.

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