Very Veggie Asian Pasta Salad

Asian Pasta Salad is made with chopped vegetables, pasta, and a simple soy sauce dressing – and it only takes about 20 minutes to make!

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Asian Pasta Salad is made with chopped vegetables, pasta, a simple soy sauce dressing and it only takes about 20 minutes to make!

Very Veggie Asian Pasta Salad

Who else is on the hunt for tasty simple side dishes to serve up with your favorite grilled chicken or to take to a picnic? This super simple Asian pasta salad is one of my favorites to make, because it’s quick, easy, and delicious. You can’t beat simple chopped veggies, pasta, and a really easy dressing that brings it all together.

The best part? You can customize this salad to your heart’s desire. Hate celery? Leave it out! Want to make it more of a one bowl meal? Add some cooked chicken! Other ingredients that I often add to this salad are shelled edamame, peanuts instead of almonds, and sometimes a can of mandarin oranges (though my kids don’t think that fruit should be in pasta salad so I often just serve that on the side).

Tips and tricks for making Asian Pasta Salad

  • There’s nothing creamy in this salad and there is no meat or dairy (if made as written), which makes it a great candidate for taking on picnics and eating outside. It’s delicious cold but it’s just fine at room temperature, too.
  • Other options for the dressing would be my Asian Sesame or Peanut Lime dressing. Both are great in this.
  • This salad travels very well. I just like to add the nuts right before serving so that they don’t get soft (because of the moisture from the dressing). Taking it on a trip? I love these bowls with lids!

How can I make this pasta salad more spicy?

Want to add a little heat? You can replace the honey with sweet chili sauce in the dressing.

Do I rinse pasta when making pasta salad?

Yep! Make sure you rinse the pasta well in cold water (you can even give it a plunge in ice water). This stops it from cooking more (which means the texture won’t get too soft) and it keeps your other ingredients from getting warm from the pasta too.

How long should I cook pasta?

Only cook the pasta until it is al dente (the shortest cooking time recommended on the package). Over cooked pasta gets mushy and tends to break when stirred.


Asian Pasta Salad is made with chopped vegetables, pasta, a simple soy sauce dressing and it only takes about 20 minutes to make!



Asian Pasta Salad

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 8 min
  • Cook Time: 12 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: Serves 4-12 1x


Asian Pasta Salad is made with chopped vegetables, pasta, and a simple soy sauce dressing – and it only takes about 20 minutes to make!



  • 2 cups small dry pasta (about 8 ounces)
  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery
  • ½ cup finely grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup finely sliced purple cabbage
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white or rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, optional
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried ground ginger
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions until it is cooked al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. Add the pasta to a medium mixing bowl. Add the bell pepper, celery, carrot, almonds, cabbage, and onion.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, garlic powder, and ginger.
  4. Add the dressing to the pasta.
  5. Stir everything together until it is all well-coated. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve right away.


If you are preparing this ahead of time, leave out the nuts until just before serving so that they don’t get soft in the dressing.

  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 12 SERVING SIZE: 1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138.1 Fat: 7.2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 176.8mg Carbohydrates: 15.7g Sugars: 2.7g Protein: 3.4g Vitamin A: 45.7µg Vitamin C: 5.4mg

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Love the versatility of this recipe! I think adding chicken for instance (as you suggested as a possible addition) sounds incredible! Great recipe.

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.