Asian Pasta Salad

Pasta · Salads · Sides · March 16, 2018

This Delicious Asian Pasta Salad recipe is so delicious and flavorful! It’s filled with rotini, chicken, carrots, spinach Pasta, chicken, carrots, spinach all mixed in a homemade Asian dressing.

Asian Pasta Salad

Asian Pasta

This summer my mom and I tried a TON of new recipes. Since my hubby is in Scouts (and has it every Wednesday night), I would go to my mom and dad’s house with the kiddos until the hubby was done. I always brought a new dessert and she always tried a new recipe. Fun, huh? It really forced us to try new recipes and figure out the ones we liked and didn’t like. One of our new favorites is today’s recipe for Asian Pasta Salad.

My mom spotted the recipe over on The Cooking Mom, and after looking at all the delicious ingredients, she knew we had to give it a try. We love chicken, peppers, pasta, spinach, carrots and all things Asian, so it wasn’t a surprise that we loved this recipe. In fact, we’ve made it several more times because it’s perfect for BBQs and holiday get togethers.

Asian Pasta

This is one of those pasta dishes that is easily customized based off of the ingredients you love post. Some other ingredients that would be great in this dish, include:

  • Broccoli
  • Snow Peas
  • Edamame
  • Crispy Wontons

I know you’ll love this Asian Pasta Salad. It is seriously one of my favorites now, and I already cannot wait to have it again. The pasta and the spinach together (with the homemade dressing) make it so yummy!

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Asian Pasta Salad recipe

This Delicious Asian Pasta Salad recipe is so delicious and flavorful! It's filled with rotini, chicken, carrots, spinach Pasta, chicken, carrots, spinach all mixed in a homemade Asian dressing.

Course Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Kristyn Merkley


  • 1 - 16 oz. bag tri-color rotini
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 TB sugar
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 cups chicken breast cooked and cubed
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup shredded carrot


  1. Make pasta as directed and set aside.

  2. Cook sesame seeds in a skillet on medium heat for 1-2 minutes until lightly toasted. Set aside.

  3. Mix together vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, sesame seeds and pepper with a whisk until mixed well.

  4. Pour dressing mixture over pasta and mix until coated evenly. ENJOY!


Delicious Asian Pasta Salad recipe - so delicious and flavorful! Pasta, chicken, carrots, spinach in a yummy dressing!!

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    Dezi A

    Awww…. that sounds like so much fun to do with your mom. I wish I lived close enough to my mom or sister to do something like that. 🙂
    And this does look delish!

      Lil' Luna

      It’s been super fun to do and has also helped me get some fun recipe posts for the future. Where is all your fam, Dezi?

    Athienna Calixto

    Would this taste good at room temp? We are going to the beach and I am looking for light different items to bring vice the standard turkey sandwhich.

      Lil' Luna

      Yes, I think it would be fine at room temp. I would just wait to put the dressing on when you’re at the beach so it doesn’t get soggy. 🙂

    CA Cook

    Approximately how much cilantro did you use?


    This dish was amazing! I followed it exactly (which is not what I normally do with recipes) and we are taking it on a road trip.
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    Carrie Perrins

    Did you use any tomatoes or red peppers in this recipe??


    Beautiful colors! It does look like you used some ‘undocumented’ red pepper strips in the recipe, which look really nice with the spinach. I used to get probably the same tricolor pasta when my kids were little, the green with spinach powder in it and the orange with I think carrot. What a nice tradition you had having dinner with your mom and dad, so helpful that your own family was there on nights that your husband was busy.
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    Can this be made ahead of time with the dressing in it?


    I have made this twice now…LOVE IT. Crave it! Thanks so much, I love watching your posts on Facebook for food ideas! YUM


    This was a really good pasta salad except you didnt put cilantro in recipe so when I made my grocery list, I didnt buy that (and I love cilantro) but that is okay because it was still good. Next time i will be sure to get the cilantro.

      Lil' Luna

      I updated the recipe – I didn’t use cilantro in it. 😉

    Heather in VA

    Did you use rotisserie chicken? I didn’t see where you talked about preparing the chicken.


    What is the amt of soy sauce and vinegar? In the recipe all I see is a small square box then cup. This looks so good, have to try it! Thanks!


    I love your recipes. I am on Weight Watchers Freestyle and would love to know the points for your recipes. I would like to make the Asian Pasta Salad recipe.

      Kristyn Merkley

      I am sorry, I do not have that information. There are sites you can use to convert the ingredients & measurements into the nutritional info, though. I love the Asian pasta salad!! I hope you find what you need 🙂

    Donna Howard

    Hello – I’m a wee bit confused on step four? So you pour the dressing over the pasta and then add all the other ingredients?? Can’t wait to make this just want to be sure I’m doing it right!! Thanks!

      Kristyn Merkley

      It’s one of my favorites!! Add the carrots & other ingredients to the pasta & add the dressing & mix well 🙂 You can add the dressing to the pasta, then add the other wrong way 🙂 Hope you like it!!

    Ed Rosenthal

    This is a great recipe, I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great tasting dish!

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