Asian Pasta Salad

Spring is here and so is picnic season. For a twist on the traditional, try packing this simple Asian Pasta Salad, with crisp vegetables and a yummy sauce, in your picnic basket.

Recipe and photograph by Lauren McElwain

1 (8-ounce) package Asian noodles
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup soy sauce
1 clove minced garlic
1 tablespoon honey
1 red bell pepper, julienned
8 green onions, julienned
1 cucumber, seeded and julienned
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

Cook noodles by the instructions on the package, and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, soy sauce, minced garlic and honey to create a vinaigrette. Toss noodles, vinaigrette, vegetables and sesame seeds together in a decorative bowl. Serve immediately, or prepare the night before and store in the fridge.

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