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Thai Inspired Pasta Salad Southeast Asian Flavors For You!

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I love the flavors of Thai cuisine and Vietnamese cuisine as well and I thought these both subtle and strong flavors would make a really great pasta salad recipe! This is not Thai noodle salad as that is a totally separate dish on it’s own. This is Thai Pasta salad and It is both refreshing and bracing. It encompasses the flavors of Thailand. This pasta salad recipe will be hot, sweet, salty and sour. The ingredients in this pasta salad have been chopped into very small pieces as some of the flavors can be very strong. I like strong flavors so if you make this recipe you might need to adjust the amounts of ingredients slightly to suit your needs. I hope you enjoy this pasta salad recipe
  Pasta/Penne rigate 1 Pound
  Thai basil 1 Cup (16 tbs) (half chopped and half whole)
  Scallion 1 Bunch (100 gm), finely sliced (reserve little for shirmp)
  Cilantro 1 Cup (16 tbs), chopped
  Roma tomatoes 6 , seeded and diced
  Garlic cloves 10 , chopped
  Thai chiles 6 , seeded and finely chopped (reserve little for shirmp)
  Ginger 3 Inch, peeled and chopped
  Lemongrass stalk 1⁄2 , peeled and chopped finely (reserve little for shirmp)
  Kaffir lime/Limes 2 , zested
  Salt and ground black pepper To Taste
  Shrimp 1 Cup (16 tbs)
For nouc cham
  Thai chiles 4 , seeded and diced (thai bird chilies used)
  Garlic cloves 2 , chopped finely
  Ginger 1 Inch, peeled and chopped
  Brown sugar/White sugar 2 Tablespoon
  Lemon grass 1 , peeled and chopped
For dressing
  Lime juice 2 Tablespoon
  Rice vinegar 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Sesame oil 2 Tablespoon
  Fish sauce 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)

1. In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredient for Nouc cham and stir to mix.
2. Allow to combine for 2 hours.

3. In a pot, with salted boiling water, cook pasta, strain and put in cold water, strain again.
4. In a bowl, put the pasta, scallions, garlic chopped and whole basil, cilantro, tomatoes, Thai bird chillies, lemon grass and lime zest mix well after adding each ingredient.
5. Season with salt and pepper and toss to mix.
For the dressing
6. In the nouc cham dressing add in the fish sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil.
7. Pour the dressing all over the salad and toss well with your hands and allow it to sit for 30 to 40 minutes.
8. In a non- stick pan, saute shrimps, with Thai chillies, lemon grass and scallion for about 4 to 5 minutes or until they curl up.

9. Serve the salad with sautéed shrimps.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
140 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
155 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 489 Calories from Fat 73

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 8 g12.4%

Saturated Fat 1.1 g5.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 32.5 mg10.8%

Sodium 1337 mg55.7%

Total Carbohydrates 84 g28%

Dietary Fiber 7 g28%

Sugars 17.3 g

Protein 21 g41.8%

Vitamin A 38.8% Vitamin C 66.1%

Calcium 6.4% Iron 14.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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