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Asian Pasta Salad {Easy Lunch Box}

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Easy Lunch Box

So, the idea for this recipe came to me the other day when my girls requested we have Korean vegetable dumplings for a lunch box meal and I wanted something to compliment the flavors that would also taste good chilled or at room temperature. {We love Korean food!}

Remember, I love simple to prepare, easy lunch boxes and this recipe is so easy to put together! 

As we sat around the table eating together {before Hannah went to practice ice skating} everyone proclaimed a new found love. Laura requested I make this again when we got home. And for our next lunch box. Hannah and Emily both said they’d found a new favorite pasta salad. And I had to agree with them!

Pot Stickers {Vegetable Dumplings} with Ginger Dipping Sauce @ AVirtuousWoman.org

What I Packed

  • Asian Ginger Pasta Salad {recipe below}
  • Korean Mandu {Pot Stickers or Vegetable Dumplings}
  • Ginger Dipping Sauce {recipe below}  in a Salad Dressing Container
  • Fresh Cherries
  • Welch’s Farmer’s Pick Mango Juice

How to Cook Pot Stickers {Vegetable Dumplings}

We love to shop at Asian/Korean  markets and Mandu Pot Stickers are one of our favorite things to eat.

To cook the Pot stickers, add two tablespoons of oil to a skillet and heat over medium heat. Add about 12 pot stickers to the oil, seam side up. Cook for 1 – 2 minutes or until browned on the bottom. Do not turn them over. Quickly add 1/4 cup water and cover skillet with a lid.

Steam pot stickers for a few minutes, watching carefully, until the water has been absorbed. Remove pot stickers from skillet and repeat as desired.

Asian Ginger Pasta Salad

At the time I took this photo, I used what I happened to have on hand – a key to making life {and lunch boxes} simple! I didn’t have carrots or cilantro, but I they make a wonderful addition. I know you’ll love this Asian Ginger Pasta Salad as much as we do!

For the Dressing

  • 1 package Good Seasons Italian Dressing
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  •  1 – 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger

For the Salad

  • 1 box of linguine, cooked and rinsed with cold water
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup Asian Ginger Dressing
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds for garnish {optional}
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions for garnish {optional}

In a small bowl or pint size mason jar, add ingredients for dressing and mix together.

In a large bowl toss together the rinsed pasta, peas, bell pepper, carrots, cilantro, and dressing. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions if desired.

Ginger Dipping Sauce for Pot Stickers {Vegetable Dumplings}, Eggrolls, or Spring Rolls @ AVirtuousWoman.org ---- This recipes tastes sooooo good!

Ginger Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together all of the ingredients. Serve with vegetable dumplings. This is one of my favorite recipes ever. It’s also good served with egg rolls or spring rolls or sprinkled over rice! Or with steamed broccoli. Yum.

By the way, you can purchase your own set of Easy Lunch Boxes and Salad Dressing Cups at Amazon.com. I’ve been using ours for a year now and still love them – and they still look brand new!

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