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Avocado Wasabi Pasta Salad

tender macaroni noodles, crisp cucumbers, celery, and green onion tossed in a creamy avocado wasabi dressing

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What’s going on here:

avocado +mayo

Avocado and mayo are similar they both are creamy fixtures.that add some cooling, coloring and body to the dish. Mash the avocado prior to making the dressing for a smoother finish.

wasabi

Wasabi is type of horseradish that’s similar to the mustard family, that’s ultra pungent. Wasabi is a delicate heat that can really help out your sinuses so use sparingly.

Elbow pasta

Pasta salad works best with small noodles, so that you can get a number of ingredients in one bite. The thing I love about using small elbows is the hole through the middle makes for a great place for extra sauce.

celery + cucumbers + green onions

Cucumbers, celery, and green onions add freshness and a nice contrasting crunch to the soft pasta and the creamy dressing. Use as much or as little of each ingredients. Make sure they are all cut into consistent bite sized pieces.

Lime + cilantro

Lime adds two things to the dish, It adds a nice tang but it also keeps the avocado from turning brown. Cilantro adds some freshness to the creamy sauce.

TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST WASABI PASTA SALAD

making a creamy dressing

to make sure the dressing is super creamy start with the avocados, if you’re making the dressing by hand make sure to mash the avocado first. mashing the avocado before adding in all the additional ingredients makes sure you get the avocado to your desired consistency.

adding  heat

the addition of jalapeno with the ribs and seeds removed adds a fresh heat to the dish. wasabi adds a lingering zest that is best done in moderation.

assembling

when assembling the pasta salad it’s best if you wait until the pasta is cooled completely, that way the residual heat doesn’t turn the avocado brown.. cover the pasta salad till ready to serve to keep the dish bright.

SIMILAR INGREDIENTS TO

LEMON SUNFLOWER DRESSING

ROASTED TURKEY & DUMPLINGS

SPRING SALAD + CARROT & SAFFLOWER VINAIGRETTE

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GRILLED HALLOUMI, EGGPLANT AND ALFALFA WRAP

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Avocado Wasabi Pasta Salad

Avocado Wasabi Pasta Salad
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INGREDIENTS

  • 10oz Macaroni noodles cooked
  • 1/2 Cucumber, small diced
  • 1/4c Celery, diced
  • 3 Green Onion, diced
  • 1 Jalapeno, seeded and minced (optional)
  • WASABI AVOCADO DRESSING
  • 2 Avocado
  • 1/4c Mayonnaise
  • 1/2tsp Pickled Ginger, minced
  • 1 Lime, zested and juiced
  • 1tsp Soy Sauce
  • 3Tb Cilantro,minced
  • 1-2Tb Wasabi
  • Salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions in salted water add one minute to the al dente cooking time to make sure the pasta is tender. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and allow to cool.
  • To make the dressing:
  • Start off by splitting the avocado in half, then remove the seed.
  • Place the avocado into the bowl, add in lime juice and zest, mash till smooth.
  • Add in mayo, pickled ginger, soy sauce, cilantro and wasabi. Taste the dressing to adjust heat and add salt if needed.
  • Once the dressing is done add in cooked noodles, cucumbers, celery, green onions and jalapeno.
  • Toss and chill. Serve.
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