Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing

Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing and my SUPER fun experience with Chef Lynn Crawford!  That is what my title should have read, but it wouldn’t fit!

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a media event at the SAIT Polytechnic Culinary Campus here in Calgary featuring Chef Lynn Crawford, to celebrate the launch of the new Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta.  We were able to watch a cooking demonstration, then participate in a hands-on cooking session with Chef Lynn.  SO MUCH FUN.  And delicious too.  She created a pesto pasta dish and an incredible marinara sauce with rotini noodles that knocked my socks off.  I need to find her marinara recipe and make it at home…it seriously was the best marinara sauce that I have ever had…she served it with rotini noodles, fresh parmesan and fresh mozzarella cheese.  I die.


Anyway, if you are not familiar with Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford, let me tell you a little bit about this well accomplished chef!  Chef Lynn is a Food Network Celebrity Chef and celebrated award-nominated cookbook author (why don’t I have her cookbooks?!); Chef-owner of Ruby Watchco, a market-inspired, chef-driven restaurant in Toronto (on my must eat at list); Host of the Food Network Canada’s Pitchin’ In (best show ever); judge of the Food Network Canada’s Chopped Canada (love Chopped!); Previous executive chef of the Four Seasons Hotel in both Toronto and New York; and the first female Canadian invited to participate in the Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Top Chef Masters Season Five.

So basically she’s awesome.

Watching her cook, and having her teach us tips for cooking pasta, for cutting red peppers and other various kitchen tips was amazing.  Then she fed us and turned us loose in the SAIT Culinary Kitchen to whip up a batch of Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing (get the recipe below).  The whole night was so great.


But my favourite part of the night was this.  Yes, I’m cooking with Chef Lynn.


I was lucky enough to have her choose me to come up and work on a dish with her.  Now if you know me in real life, this kind of thing is basically a nightmare for me.  For real.  To get up in front of people and cook, with a real life chef is absolutely frightening.  BUT how could I say no?!  Opportunities like this don’t happen every day.  And deep down somewhere inside of me this is also a dream come true. So up there I went.  And I loved every second of it.


Right away she put me to work mixing noodles, slicing veggies…


Then it was time to plate the dish.  I knew I was in for it.


Twirl twirl twirl that pasta!  I couldn’t for the life of me get it to twirl.


And all the while Chef Lynn was yelling “Pretend you’re on Chopped Canada!!”  LOLOLOL  YES CHEF!


Get that dish plated!  Throw on that cilantro!  Bam!


And the final result…let’s just say I have no mad plating skills.  But what an experience…look how happy I am in this picture!  She was a hoot!


What a great night!

Now let’s get you fed!  We made this Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing in the kitchens after the presentation and let me tell you first hand that it’s easy to make, healthy and so delicious!

Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing

This dish is made with the Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta which are blends made with 100% Canadian whole wheat, and five wholesome ancient grains: quinoa, teff, amaranth, millet and sorghum.  Then the noodles are tossed with veggies in a tangy ginger wasabi dressing…yum.



Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Noodle Salad

  • 1340 g pkg spaghettini
  • 2 cups snow peas (thinly sliced diagonally)
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
  • 1 small cucumber (sliced diagonally)
  • 2 cups napa cabbage (finely shredded)
  • 1 cup red pepper (cut into matchsticks)
  • 3 green onions (thinly sliced)
  • 1 ripe avocado (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 tbsp black sesame seeds

Ginger-Wasabi Dressing

  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • wasabi to taste


Making the noodle salad:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, then drain well. Rinse under cold water until well chilled. Transfer to large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a pot of boiling water, cook snow peas and edamame until tender-crisp. Drain and rinse under cold water until well chilled, then set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, halve the cucumber lengthwise and use the end of a spoon to scoop and discard seeds, then cut the cucumber into julienne strips.

Making the Ginger-Wasabi Dressing:

  1. Whisk together rice vinegar, canola oil, soy sauce, lemon juice and zest, brown sugar, sesame oil and ginger. Season with wasabi to taste.

Putting the salad together:

  1. Add the cucumber, snow peas, edamame, napa cabbage, red pepper, green onions and avocado to noodles then toss with enough dressing to coat.
  2. Garnish with cilantro leaves and black sesame seeds.


Tip: If you have time, you can chill the noodle dish by refrigerating for 1 to 4 hours.

Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing

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Have a delicious day!


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  • Reply Laurie@ Vin'yet Etc. March 25, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Oh my, Joanna I think we are cut from the same cloth… I’m a behind the scenes girl too, I’m allergic to focused attention. You are doing videos, cooking in front of crowds! WOW, my new hero! This recipe looks and sounds delish, thanks for sharing your experience, your bravery has inspired this introvert! xo

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 25, 2015 at 10:14 AM

      Oh thank you Laurie! I certainly am coming out of my shell aren’t I?! And surprisingly it’s leaving me feeling very brave…WHO KNEW?!

  • Reply Amy Heffernan March 25, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    I really like a good tuna pasta!

  • Reply Jane Reid March 25, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    I love Salmon with pasta and a Ginger cumin sauce low cal & low fat yumminess!

  • Reply Annie March 25, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    I’m so jealous! If I had those noodles, I would have made something similar, but my favourite pasta dish would have to go to gnocchi (does that count?) 🙂

  • Reply suki March 25, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    I love Roasted eggplant and mozzarella pasta!!!!

  • Reply Helene Meurer March 25, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    I absolutely loved this post. Great photos and great attitude. Like you, I would have had a very hard time going up there, being on stage with Chef Lynn. Bravo for you! (Nice recipe too 🙂

  • Reply Helene Meurer March 25, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Oop — just realized you are asking for our fave pasta dish. Well, I think I had my fave dish earlier this week: gluten-free pasta with creamed cauliflower sauce, crispy bacon bits on top. (Plus, I used some bacon fat to help cream the cauliflower, omg too yummy!

  • Reply Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies March 25, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    What a great experience! Looks like you had a blast 🙂 My favourite pasta dish is a simple tomato cream sauce pasta.

  • Reply Karla Sceviour March 25, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Spaghetti with pasta sauce!!

  • Reply jay nelson March 25, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    Spaghetti is popular with all family members – the kids like it with meatballs and I like to add chilli peppers to mine. It is fun to eat, fun to say and nutritious.

  • Reply Elizabeth Vlug March 25, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    I love pasta primavera. But then again, I don’t think I have ever met a pasta I didn’t like. I am a girl who loves my carbs 🙂

  • Reply Glogirl March 25, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    I love a pasta dish called Creamy Garlic Bacon Penne.

  • Reply Carol M (Lushka S) March 25, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Many favourites, but lasagna is one of them.

  • Reply Debra R March 25, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Looks like you had an amazing time. I’ve watched Chef Lynn many time on her show, and others, and she’s always a blast!

  • Reply Debra R March 25, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Forgot to mention my favorite pasta dish in my previous post…….Gnocchi with Bolognese sauce….mmmmm!

  • Reply Jeannie March 25, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    I love a good clam pasta with a white wine sauce.

  • Reply Erin March 25, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Jo-Anna! That looks like such a blast, totally awesome.

    I just LOVE pasta in general. From homemade spaghetti to carbonara to ramen lol love it all.

  • Reply Carey Hurst March 25, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    I love my homemade Chicken and veggie Alfredo. What a wonderful experience for you . so hungry for pasta now I have to make some .

  • Reply Josh March 25, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    oh i love all pasta dishes, its a staple in our family

  • Reply Kate P March 25, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    Love the pics! Looks like you had a fabulous time! My fave pasta dish is Penne Alfredo with fresh tomatoes and parsley 🙂

  • Reply Sheryl @ Flowery Prose March 25, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Macaroni and cheese…there are a ton of ways to make it and I enjoy them all!

  • Reply ivy pluchinsky March 25, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    Spaghetti or Lasagna

  • Reply Monique L.S. March 25, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    I love most pasta dishes. Lasagna has been an all-time fave though.

  • Reply Rebecca March 25, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    I love most pasta dishes, but simple sauces or cheese sauces tend to be my faves!

  • Reply Jolie March 25, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Love everything pasta. My fav is fettucini alfredo, even though it’s so rich 🙂

  • Reply Jonnie March 25, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Lasagna is my favorite but I really love all pasta

  • Reply Jenny March 25, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    That is a thing to pick – favourite pasta dish but I think it would have to be a big plate of spaghetti and meat sauce – comfort food for sure.

  • Reply Maggie K. March 25, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    I really like to eat lasagna made with spinach and ground beef.

  • Reply kitkat32 March 25, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Looks absolutely amazing! My favourite pasta dish is herb orzo pasta salad, yum! I can’t wait to mak the recipe you’ve posted I think it’ll be a big hit in my house 🙂

  • Reply Jody D March 25, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Rotini with a red sauce and grilled vegetables is a fave

  • Reply Suzie M March 25, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Lasagna is certainly our favorite pasta meal

  • Reply Dana March 25, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Spaghetti and meatballs

  • Reply Lori JB March 25, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    There aren;t many pasta dishes I don’t love! lol My fav is Mediterranean chicken.

  • Reply Elizabeth March 25, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    All pasta at this house; but gnocchi is one of the faves!
    What a neat opportunity with Chef Lynn 🙂

  • Reply Florence C March 25, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    I have many pasta recipes that I enjoy. One of them is Lasagna.

  • Reply Lori Jackson March 25, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Lasagna….errr Spagetti…errr chiken pam…I love allll pasta!

  • Reply julia g March 25, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Sausage and pepper pasta.

  • Reply charityk March 25, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    spaghetti and meatballs

  • Reply Becky Best March 25, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    My favorite is baked spaghetti! 🙂

  • Reply Elena March 25, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    I make tonns of tomato sauce in the summer with the tomatoes from my dads garden. In the winter, I thaw it out to make lasagna with and my whole family loves this the most.

  • Reply Tammy Dalley March 25, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    My favorite is fettucine alfredo!!!

  • Reply Maggie C March 25, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    I love anything pesto with penne! The best pesto I have ever tried was this roasted walnut with spinach pesto! mMmmm!

  • Reply Tina L. March 25, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    My favourite pasta dish is lasagna.

  • Reply Josh S March 25, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    I enjoy Spaghetti With Feta and Broccoli

  • Reply Josh S March 25, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    I enjoys Spaghetti With Feta and Broccoli.

  • Reply Andrew P March 25, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    I enjoy Spaghetti and Meatballs

  • Reply lori b March 26, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    i love a greek pasta salad

  • Reply Shawna March 26, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    Love all pasta but my favourite is still old school Mac and cheese

  • Reply Jenn March 26, 2015 at 1:16 AM

    chicken carbonara!

  • Reply Rachel March 26, 2015 at 1:48 AM

    My favourite pasta dish is tossed in avocado “sauce” (mashed avocados and lemon juice) topped on a grilled portobello mushroom, but I also love mac n cheese!

  • Reply Teresa March 26, 2015 at 2:21 AM

    That was awfully brave of you! It must have been hard to keep your composure in front of a crowd. 🙂
    My favourite pasta dish is any that include pesto. Especially if there’s a little chorizo thrown in for good measure.

  • Reply Courtney March 26, 2015 at 5:43 AM

    Spaghetti and Meatballs!

  • Reply Ameirah March 26, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    lasagna yummm

  • Reply chris arnott March 26, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    lasagna is definitely the best. Meat or veggie, doesn’t matter.

  • Reply Heather March 26, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    You look like a natural Jo-Anna! What fun. Sorry I missed it.

  • Reply Anna (Hidden Ponies) March 26, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    I love this post, your enthusiasm just jumps out of your writing! My favourite pasta dish is classic spaghetti with meat sauce, with lots of cheese 🙂

  • Reply roger simmons March 26, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Old fashioned spaghetti with meatballs and mushrooms

  • Reply Pam March 27, 2015 at 6:19 AM

    my fave is pasta primavera.

  • Reply Anne Hughes March 27, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    My favorite pasta dish is Spaghetti with Clam Sauce… Either Red or White. Now I’m craving it.

  • Reply Wendy hutton March 27, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    we love spaghetti and meatballs

  • Reply Tina B March 27, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    My favorite pasta dish–do I have to pick just ONE?–would be a toss-up between a cheesy lasagna and homemade macaroni and cheese.

  • Reply Robyn Bellefleur March 28, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Bacon carbonara.

  • Reply maria March 28, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    I like fettuccini with pesto

  • Reply Monica March 29, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    I love pesto or alfredo pasta with chicken! Yum

  • Reply Karen March 30, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Love pretty much all pasta but really enjoy a decent lasagne!

  • Reply Lori Bazan March 30, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    I love Fettucine Alfredo with crab best!

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  • Reply Angela Mitchell March 30, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    I love a summer pasta salad with shrimp and fresh garden veggies.

  • Reply Janice Cournoyer March 30, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    Spaghetti with Fall Greens and Pumpkin Seeds
    Spaghetti with Fall Greens and Pumpkin Seeds

  • Reply Toby March 30, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Hearty Beef Lasagna is a family favorite!

  • Reply Andrea L March 30, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Mac and cheese!

  • Reply Doris Calvert March 30, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Lasagna or Manacotti for me!

  • Reply Suzanne G March 31, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    My favourite dish is spaghetti and meatballs with a spicy tomato sauce.

  • Reply KC the Kitchen Chopper April 15, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    Hi, I’m new to your site. Found you through WednesdayRoundup. Nice to meet you. Looks like you had a fantastic time up there. Didn’t look nervous at all. And your dish looks yummy. Pinning and tweeting. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  • Reply J @ A Hot Southern Mess April 16, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    What a fun time to spend with the master chef! It looked like a blast! And the dish looks amazing! Thanks for sharing it with us! i have pinned it and will definitely try this recipe out soon!

  • Reply Adelina Priddis April 17, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Wow! What an experience! Thank you for sharing this on Weekend Bites

  • Reply Erika April 18, 2015 at 4:17 AM

    What a great experience! This recipe looks amazing! Thank you for sharing in the Thursday Favorite things link party 🙂 xx


  • Reply Lou Lou Girls April 18, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Hello gorgeous! I love seeing your masterpieces.Thank you for bringing such great things to our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm.. Lou Lou Girls

  • Reply Susan M. April 20, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    OMG – what an awesome opportunity! I’ll be making this salad for sure – sounds so yummy! Was curious though… was surprised that the noodles, edamame and peas are to be rinsed after they are boiled. Does that not rinse away all the good taste and nutrients?

  • Reply Kristen from The Road to Domestication April 21, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    You got to COOK with her?! Oh my goodness, that’s SO exciting! You look like SUCH a pro, too! And may I say that the final product you shared looks AMAZING. Is it lunch time yet?! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again this Friday! Feel free to bring a friend 🙂

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