Thai Pasta Salad

An unusual pasta salad influenced by the flavors of Thailand.


4 cups penne pasta, cooked al dente and drained

1 cup green beans, sliced diagonally and blanched

1 red pepper, seeded and cut into strips

1 large cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

6 scallions, chopped

In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Set aside and prepare dressing.


1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth

1 Tablespoon sesame oil

2 Tablespoons tamari or soy sauce

2 Tablespoons lemon juice


3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric

In a small bowl, whisk together peanut butter and broth. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well.

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Pour dressing over pasta and vegetables. Toss to coat evenly. Line a large platter with lettuce leaves. Spoon salad in center.
Serves: 4-6