Pasta salad is pasta salad, right?
You absolutely cannot go wrong with this delicious Asian-inspired take on the traditional pasta side dish. Serve it up with a steak or grilled chicken, and you are ready to go for a great, easy meal!
Over the summer, I took my mom and my husband's grandma to a local winery where you can pack a picnic lunch and sit by the pond, while enjoying a delicious glass of wine! I packed up this pasta salad, with some cheese and crackers, and some fantastic peach muffins! Mike's gram couldn't quit raving about the pasta salad!
I guess what I'm trying to say is...make this. You won't regret it :)
Yield: about 8 servings
- 1 box Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad original pasta salad mix
- 1 (3 oz.) package Oriental Ramen
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 3 cups coleslaw mix
- 1 cup snow peas, strings removed, cut in half or in thirds
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted**
- 1 (15 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
**To toast the almonds, place them in a small skillet over medium heat. Shake occasionally until the almonds become slightly golden, about 5-7 minutes. Make sure to watch out! If almonds become burnt or too dark, they won't taste quite as good!
- Cook pasta according to package directions. In the last 2 minutes that the pasta is cooking, add the snow peas to the boiling water. Drain and rinse with cold water.
- While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce. In a medium measuring cup, combine the two seasoning mixes from the pasta and from the Ramen. Add the sugar, oil, vinegar, water, and soy sauce.
- Add the drained mandarin oranges to the pasta, along with the coleslaw and almonds. Pour in the sauce. Mix well to combine. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
- Just before serving, crush up the Ramen and sprinkle over the pasta. Enjoy!!
Source: Betty Crocker