It is just about time for picnics and summer potlucks. And when you have a picnic or summer potluck, there is a calling for a pasta salad of some sort. They are quick, relatively easy to prepare, and they feed a crowd. But the one thing I do not care for is a pasta salad that has been set up to the point where the pasta has absorbed all of the dressing. So I like to prepare/pack the pasta and the dressing separately, then toss it all together just before serving. This makes for a balanced pasta salad in taste and texture.
Shrimp, pasta (a fun shape is always a good thing for the kiddos), a few veggies, and a light ginger-soy dressing come together in this delicious Asian inspired pasta salad. But what really makes this dish is the addition of the honey roasted peanuts. They add a wonderful sweet and savory crunch that we love. If you have allergy concerns about the peanuts, chow mien noodles or fried won-ton strips would be a good substitute, but don't add them until the very end.