I love ethnic foods, and I especially love experimenting with recipes to find ways to make them healthier. This Asian Rotini Pasta Salad is one of my new favorites! It is loaded with fresh vegetables for a great crispy texture, and it tastes just as good for leftovers.

You can experiment with the vegetables in this salad based on preference and what’s available. Tossed with a delicious peanut sauce that adds a burst of distinctive Asian flavor, this dish is great as a side or featured as the main course of your meal.

I’ve tried many versions of peanut sauce, and this one is definitely a winner! It’s not too sweet and perfectly balanced for this salad. The secret ingredient is fresh orange juice, which adds a delicious brightness. You may even want to make a double batch of the dressing to use with spring rolls, salads, or even just fresh veggies.

Make it a Meal

This pasta salad makes a delicious lunch or light dinner. Or you could try it as a side dish with a heartier main course like these Pulled BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches.