Lunch: Sesame Ginger Pasta Salad

My very favorite thing to eat for lunch is a pasta salad.  I love it because you can make a big batch in advance, I love it because you can sneak all sorts of veggies inside, I love it because it doesn’t have to be heated and I love it because it’s easy!
Sheaffer insisted I try a bite of this dressing the other day…

…it’s Newman’s Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger dressing.  
Well…it was love at first bite.  I went to the grocery store the next day, bought a bottle and made a pasta salad built around it.  If you can’t find Newman’s Own at your grocery store (which you should be able to), then just substitute with another like dressing.
So flavorful and yet, so easy.
Shopping List
2 cups cooked and cooled short-cut pasta (I used whole wheat)
1 cup of chopped broccoli spears 
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 (15 oz) can of crushed pineapple, drained
3-4 tablespoons Sesame Ginger dressing
A heaping pinch of both salt and pepper
Cashews to garnish
After you cook and cool (under running cold water) your pasta, toss the noodles with the next 5 ingredients. When you’re ready to serve, garnish your pasta salad with a handful of cashews for some added crunch.
Refrigerate until you’re ready to eat.
Simple, right?  Just a few drizzles of this flavorful dressing really spruces up your pasta salad.  And the pineapple and cashews add amazing flavor and texture too.  Plus…this is vegetarian, so it would be an excellent vegetarian light supper as well.
Enjoy your pasta salad!

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  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} June 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Oooooooooooooooh! This looks GREAT! I can't wait to try it. I love a pasta salad too. Make a huge batch, keep it in the fridge for a week, and eat off of it all week long! YUM!

  • Aubs June 12, 2013 at 11:32 am

    YUM!! I would of never thought to add the pineapple and cashews but it sounds soooo good!!

  • Jenna {Real Simple Girl} June 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I can't even tell you how excited I am about this recipe! What a great combination! I love pasta salads, too! They make the best lunches!! And I love any kind of ginger sesame dressing, so I can't wait to try this one!! I've been finding delicious pineapple lately, so I'm going to try it with some fresh pineapple in there!!

  • Kylie June 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I love this dressing! For a yummy Asian-style slaw, I drizzle it over broccoli slaw with toasted almonds…delish! I love the combo of ingredients in this pasta salad…will definitely be trying this 🙂 Thanks!

  • Lindsay June 28, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I just made this to take to the pool for lunch today! I added some grilled chicken and just tasted it…DELICIOUS!