Summer Dreams Salad

Our temps are really warming up

and they have me dreaming of my favorite summer foods

I can’t wait for fresh corn, ripe red tomatoes

and the bounty of summer produce

to arrive in the markets and stores

I love to eat salad for dinner on warm days and this one is a favorite

Asian pasta salad

This Asian Pasta Salad with Creamy Coconut Dressing

was created from elements of

The Pioneer Woman’s Asian Noodle Salad

and Carlsbad Craving’s Asian Peanut Coconut Dressing

Asian salad with coconut dressing

I adjusted the recipes to suit our tastes,

eliminating a little of this and subbing a little of that-

Add chicken or shrimp if desired, or eliminate the pasta…

Oriental pasta salad

An easy way to cook the pasta

is to put it in a pan of boiling salted water,

cover the pan and immediately turn burner off


The pasta will cook through but not overcook,

and it will hold until you’re ready to continue


The base of this “finger licking good” dressing

is Greek coconut yogurt and creamy peanut butter

Put the peanut butter in a pint jar

and microwave for 30-60 seconds,

until peanut butter begins to melt

Then add the rest of ingredients


Shake, shake, shake,

and then give it a few stirs for good measure


Drain the hot pasta and immediately toss it with dressing to coat


Mix well


Top with remaining ingredients


Toss to combine, taste and add more dressing if desired

Asian Pasta & Peanut Salad

Serve with additional peanuts and dressing on the side

Refrigerate leftover salad to enjoy again,

it will stay good for 1-2 days


Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 4



  • 4 oz thin spaghetti
  • 2 handfuls,or 40 fresh snow peas, trimmed and cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 English cucumber sliced and cut into half moons
  • 2 large handfuls fresh bean sprouts
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrot discs carrot shreds or grated carrots
  • 6 green onions chopped
  • 4 cups mixed salad greens like baby kale, spinach, romaine, torn into bite size pieces
  • 2 oz salted peanuts

Creamy Coconut Dressing

  • 1 container 5.3 oz. Greek coconut yogurt, like Chobani
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 T sweet Asian chili sauce
  • 1 T fresh lime juice
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 3 T rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp ginger paste optional
  • 3 T milk



  • Fill a 3 qt sauce pan half way with water and add 1 T salt. Bring to boil and add spaghetti. Cover and turn burner off, but leave pan on burner while preparing the rest of the salad. Pasta will cook gently as burner cools down
  • Rinse snow peas and microwave 1-2 minutes until just crisp tender. Cut in half.
  • Drain pasta. Pour 3-4 heaping Tablespoons of dressing over warm pasta and toss to coat.
  • Add salad greens, cucumber, snow peas, green onions, carrots, and peanuts. Toss to combine. Add more dressing if desired. Serve salad with additional dressing and peanuts on the side.

Creamy Coconut Dressing

  • Place peanut butter in a pint jar and microwave for 1-2 minutes until it begins to melt. Add remaining ingredients and shake well. Stir with a spoon until smooth. Refrigerate until serving and stir again before adding to salad. Makes about 1 1/4 cups. Keep in refrigerator for up to a week.


Add chicken or shrimp if desired
or eliminate the pasta and serve with just greens and vegetables
Keyword Asian noodles, Asian salad, Coconut Dressing, pasta salad, Yogurt dressing

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39 Responses to “Summer Dreams Salad”
  1. I could drink that peanut sauce 🙂

  2. Only you can put a painting of a tomato on your blog and make me want one for lunch.

  3. Kristen says:

    That sounds like a small salad. What is the serving size? Maybe serves 2? Also, if making for a family of 4 would you double the dressing too?

  4. Pam says:

    Jenna, what a flavor-filled salad. I could probably eat the dressing just on pasta and be happy. I am going to try this recipe. Happy Sunday 💛

  5. It does make me dream of summer!

  6. That’s a nice combo of flavors. I think Rick would enjoy that one, too.

  7. lghiggins says:

    I don’t think we need to wait for summer to devour this salad. Bring it on!

  8. The painting of the ripe red tomato is artfully done! And the recipe looks delectable!

  9. Looks mighty tasty! YUM! Happy Week dear Jena. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  10. Joansy says:

    This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  11. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, this looks delicious! My kids love Asian food, and I can see them loving this salad. We will definitely be trying this. Thanks so much for sharing! Have a wonderful week!

  12. Nancy says:

    This is a yummy recipe! That dressing with the pasta… Yum!

  13. Kitty says:

    Oh my word Jenna, that dressing sounds heavenly!! I need to go get some yogurt to try it! You know me and my salads! Thank you for sharing.

  14. This looks so tasty, I would love to try 🙂

  15. Mary says:

    You’re fearless in the kitchen Jenna! Your noodle salad reminds me of one we love, minus the coconut. 🙂

  16. This sounds and looks like a wonderful recipe. I love the pic with the sprouts and peanuts on the top of everything. Noodle dishes with peanuts are a meal I always enjoy.

  17. This salad looks so good. I’ll have to give it a try.

  18. Looks delicious Jenna. Noodles dishes are a favorite, this is a different version in which I haven’t tried.

  19. Yummm this looks sooo refreshing! I love these cold noodle salads and I can’t wait to try your recipe! Just pinned it! Thank you for sharing at my weekly link party!

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