Special Diets | 1 July 2016Sesame Pepper Pasta Salad Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Summer is here and it’s time to pig out on our seasonal favorites! Pasta salad is always a crowd pleaser. There are endless ways to add flavor and nutrition to the classic side dish. Check out this mouthwatering recipe for Sesame Pepper Pasta Salad from Vegans Go Nuts! BONUS: its also got the added benefits of being a vegan recipe! Enjoy! Sesame Pepper Pasta Salad > SEED: SESAME > GLUTEN-FREE POTENTIAL > QUICK AND EASY Readying the bell peppers and scallion takes no time if you carefully use a mandoline slicer. So this untraditional and sesame-loaded pasta salad can land on the potluck or dinner table rather quickly. 12 ounces (340 g) dry brown rice or whole wheat pasta 2 tablespoons (30 ml) toasted sesame oil 2 tablespoons (30 ml) brown rice vinegar 1 tablespoon (16 g) tahini paste 1 tablespoon (18 g) shiro (white) miso 1 tablespoon (15 ml) fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon sambal oelek or sriracha sauce 1 to 2 cloves garlic, grated or pressed, to taste 2 red bell peppers, trimmed and cored, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon (8 g) toasted black or ivory sesame seeds, plus extra for garnish Ume plum vinegar, to taste Thinly sliced scallion (optional) Cook the pasta to al dente according to the directions on the package (see Recipe Note), and quickly rinse under cold water. Drain well, and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk to combine the oil, vinegar, tahini, miso, lemon juice, sambal oelek, and garlic. Add the pasta, bell peppers, and sesame seeds, and gently stir to combine with a rubber spatula. Let it stand, covered for 1 hour in the refrigerator. Serve with a dash of ume plum vinegar. (Don’t be too generous, it is quite pungent and salty.) Garnish with a small handful of scallion and extra sesame seeds, if desired. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up 3 days. YIELD: 4 to 6 servings Recipe Note: Some brands of gluten-free brown rice pasta can have an unpleasant texture after refrigeration. If you know your go-to doesn’t have this problem, use it here to keep the Asian theme going. If you’re new to gluten-free pasta, we recommend checking out the instructions for proper cooking on glutenfreeonashoestring.com. If you aren’t gluten-sensitive, whole wheat pasta will do just fine. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: The ultimate guide to protein-packed, nut-filled vegan recipes! If you think nuts are just for snacking, get ready to have your world rocked! One of the most nutritious, protein-packed staples of a plant-based diet, nuts can be used in limitless ways to create satisfying meals full of hearty flavor. From main courses, to snacks and drinks, to desserts and cheeses, nuts are used as the main building block of so many delicious vegan recipes. Vegans Go Nuts explores the many ways to cook and bake with nuts, using only vegan ingredients. From the usual suspects such as cashews and peanuts, to more underrated nuts and seeds like hemp and hazelnuts, you’ll start by learning to make the essentials – nut and seed milks, butters, and flours. Accomplished authors Celine Steen and Joni Newman will show you just how versatile this staple food can be in your plant-based diet. Make nuts the inspiration of your meal, instead of just an afterthought, with Vegans Go Nuts. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.