Monday, September 29, 2014

Chinese Macaroni Salad

I think I may have found macaroni salad nirvana.
Oh sure, our mom's macaroni salad is still the best on the planet BUT this Chinese inspired version is simply ridiculous.
Tons of crisp veggies, squishy pasta, and a sesame soy dressing that will have you wondering why you make macaroni salad any other way.
Consider me addicted. 
Like I need another reason to eat pasta......

Chinese Macaroni Salad

1 Tbsp mayo, light
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp Sweet Red Chili Sauce
1 pkg Stevia
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp sesame seeds

4 oz macaroni (approx 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup carrots, sliced thinly
1/2 cup purple cabbage, shredded
2 green onion, diced
1/2 cup snap peas, cut in half
1/2 cup red pepper, sliced thinly
1 Chinese style pork sausage, cooked and sliced

In a small bowl place all of the dressing ingredients.

Whisk until smooth.

Set aside while prepping veggies.
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cool water to stop the cooking process once pasta is done.
Place veggies in a large mixing bowl.

Add in the cooked and sliced Chinese sausage.

Add in pasta.
Drizzle with dressing and toss gently to combine.

Serve immediately. 
This tastes okay after being dressed and sitting in the fridge BUT is much better if you dress it just before serving it. If you wanted to make it ahead of time you could just toss the pasta, sausage, and veggies together and leave the dressing separate and chill in the fridge until ready to serve. 
 According to Myfitnesspal a serving of this (recipe makes 3 generous servings) it is - 268 calories, 32 carbs, 12 fat, 9 protein. (If you were serving this as a side dish with a meal you would get 6 - 8 servings)

We're sharing over at Carole's Chatter!


  1. A beautiful, colorful salad. I like the dressing too. Blessings, Catherine

  2. This looks so good, so beautiful and delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  3. Nice change up on pasta salad. Don't we all get tired of the usual? Condiments, sauces, and dressings are often my favorite part of a dish...this dressing sounds so good!
    Thank you for sharing with See Ya in the Gumbo this week!

  4. Any suggestions for alternatives to the chinese style sausage. It's not available where I am. What flavours could I marinate pork in, for a similar flavour?

    1. I'm afraid I can't really be too helpful. I googled "ingredients in Chinese style pork sausage" and it doesn't really add too much either. :(