Looking for a quick and easy cold Asian noodle salad? Then, Asian pasta salad recipe is for you. While planning dinner this week, the heatwave shifted me toward cold salads. Not only is this Asian-style salad easy to make, but this Asian bowtie pasta salad is also full of fresh veggies and deep flavor. So if you're looking for a healthy and flavorful Asian pasta salad with yummy teriyaki salad dressing, then look no further.
I love Kale, not only because of its nutritional value but also because kale maintains its firmness, even after being dressed. And, for those who avoid pasta, this Asian pasta salad recipe contains very little pasta, so if you are worried about carbs, relax. In fact, an Asian pasta salad like this holds onto flavor from all the different ingredients and the delicious teriyaki dressing.
Although the main elements of the salad are vegetable-based, the mandarin organs bring this dish together. Visually it looks beautiful!
What ingredients are in Asian Pasta Salad?
- Bowtie Pasta (I used whole-grain)
- Red Kale (or kale of choice)
- White Cabbage
- Purple Cabbage
- Mame (shelled Edamame)
- Red Bell Peppers
- Green Onions
- Mandarin Oranges
- Sesame seeds
With 10 minutes of prep time while the pasta cooks, you will have dinner in under 20 minutes and lunch the next day. Generally, I eat this salad today and save the rest of the Asian salad for tomorrow. But, don't worry, this salad lasts, dressed in the Teryaki dressing, for up to three days.
How to make Asian bowtie pasta salad
Once the noodles are cooked, drain the noodles and rinse in cold water until the noodles are cooled or at room temperature.
- Chop the kale into bite-sized pieces and fill the base of the bowl.
- Add the drained, cooled pasta, and the other chopped vegetables
- Crumble the seaweed
- Then add the teriyaki salad dressing
- Garnish with mandarin oranges and sesame seeds
How do I make my teriyaki salad dressing?
Without a doubt, I prefer making my own dressings, but sometimes, I take shortcuts. So, there are two versions of this dressing, which both taste fantastic. One version, however, is much easier than the other two make and requires two ingredients.
Homemade Teryaki Salad dressing
- Vegan Cashew Mayo or vegan mayo of choice (use tofu may is nut-free)
- Rice Vinegar
- Maple Syrup or Date Syrup
- Soy Sauce (or Tamari for a gluten-free option)
- Dijon Mustard
- Black Pepper
Short-Cut Teriyaki Dressing
- Raw Cashews
- Teriyaki Sauce
Again, dressing the Asian Bowtie salad in advance helps soften the kale and absorb the flavors of the other ingredients and the dressing.
Honestly, the teriyaki salad dressing tastes so fabulous; I plan to use it in other recipes. My husband, on the other hand, said he wanted to drink it.
Cold Asian noodle salad variations
- Since it's hot outside, I chose to serve my Asian pasta salad recipe cold, but if serving it warm is possible.
- Also, if you don't like kale, any greens work well, but don't dress the salad immediately. Salads made primary with kale hold up for days when dressed ahead of time. In fact, kale softens when dressed making it more easily digestible.
- Add grilled, air-fried, or baked tofu for added protein.
- Include peapods, red onions, yellow onions, bok choy, and any other vegetables
What kind of pasta do I put in Asian salad?
- Although any pasta shape works well for this recipe, I prefer whole-grain bow tie pasta for its sturdiness as well as its pretty shape.
What is a good substitute for using maple syrup?
- Date syrup, Agave, or molasses
How long will cold Asian noodle salad last in the refrigerator?
- Cold Asian pasta salad will last dressed, in the refrigerator, for 3-5 days.
Don't forget the sesame seeds and mandarin oranges for the Best Asian Pasta Salad Recipe!
Do you love healthy vegan Asian recipes? Check these out!
- Dan dan noodles
- Spicy Asian Salad
- Tahini Noodle Bowl
- Asian Green Bean Recipe
- Cabbage Asian Salad
- General Tso Cauliflower
- Peanut Noodles
- Yaki Udon Noodles
- Garlic Noodles
- Yum Yum Noodles
- Vietnamese Noodles
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂