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Sesame Spinach Pasta Salad

I originally obtained this recipe from my best friend Renee’s Sister-in-Law.  I misplaced the original, and now I’m not sure how much it has changed – but it’s damn good!

8 oz. rotelle pasta (or whatever you like)

1/4 cup sesame oil

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled (or more to taste)

1 tbs. mirin

3 tbs. sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

3 – 4 cups fresh spinach leaves, chopped (in this case, from my garden…it’s a small amount, so it works for a small harvest)

1. Prepare pasta according to directions on box; allow to cool.

2. In a small saucepan, heat sesame oil over medium heat, then add sesame seeds.  Toast until golden brown; allow to cool.

3. Meanwhile, combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, goat cheese, mirin, sugar, salt and pepper.

4. Once pasta and sesame seeds have cooled thoroughly, combine in a large bowl with soy sauce mixture. Add spinach and combine thoroughly. Serve!

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5 Comments to “Sesame Spinach Pasta Salad”

  1. Melissa, that sounds amazing. But, I don’t have mirin, what can I replace it with?

  2. Elyse,
    Leaving the mirin out doesn’t completely change the flavor – try it without and while it will have a slightly different tang, it’ll still be to-die-for-delicious!

  3. I just went and bought the mirin, it wasn’t too bad.
    I made it and it is so good. Travis loves it. I added chicken to it. What do I do about the spinach, won’t it get soggy? But, it is wonderfu!! You are an excellent cook.

  4. Making this for Davey’s graduation party!

  5. This does sound very intriguing.

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