Sesame Noodle Salad

The best type of dish is anything that involves pasta noodles. Today, I decided to go a little asian with my pasta dish. A good way to combine onions, peppers, toasty sesame oil and noodles is in Allrecipes Sesame Noodle Salad. This had a nice warming flavor with a little bit of heat that makes a good meal for any type of day. Here’s what you’ll need:

1 (16 oz) package of angel hair pasta
1/2 cup sesame oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon hot chili oil
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon sesame seeds (or more if you’d like)
1 green onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced

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First, you need to start a pot of boiling water for your pasta. While the water is boiling, you can chop up your onions and peppers (excuse my paper plate and plastic baggy – I was making this dish on the go!) Once your water is boiling, you will need to start your dressing. Combine your sesame oil, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, hot chili oil, and sugar and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.

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Drain your pasta and then toss in your dressing. The best practice is to use tongs to make sure that all the pasta is properly coated with all the dressing. Then top with your onions and peppers and sesame seeds and enjoy!

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Great dish! Super simple to make and very delicious. It had the wonderful toasty flavor from the sesame oil and just a slight bit of heat from the chili oil. Personally, I love spice, so next time I will definitely add more chili oil – or you could top with Sriracha or something like that. The bell peppers added a nice crunch and the bite with the green onions had such a great flavor. Some changes I think I would make would to maybe try a different type of noodle. The angel hair pasta seemed too thin and I think this dish might go better with a soba noodle or thicker pasta. I used the black sesame seeds instead of the brown because it added another toasted flavor layer as well as a nice contrast in color. Overall, I really enjoyed the dish and I like that it is versatile – it can be served either hot or cold – so it makes it perfect to eat any time of day!

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