This proved to be trickier than I thought and was very interesting since the sauce quantities are open for interpretation. I used 1 Tbsp chopped jalapeno, 2 Tbsp wasabi paste, 1 Tbsp powdered ginger and about 1/2 cup water. Since wasabi is japanese horseradish, I didn't add any additional horseradish(the recipe was a little confusing). Nonetheless, this has quite a zing! 3 star rating because the sauce recipe is confusing without any quantities; also, the pasta salad was oily using 8 oz of olive oil. I liked the combination of roasted red pepper, olives and cheese. There's a lot of potential here: next time I am going to try this using a little sesame oil in the pasta salad instead of olive oil, and I am going to fiddle with the ingredient quantities for the sauce to see if I can get the taste and texture right. Mimi, do you have any ideas for quantities on the sauce? I would love to know what you used so I can give this another try.
I have to say, that I actually did really like this recipe. As did my husband. We frequent sushi places a lot, and this was a wonderful combo of the wasabi, and pasta. Who ever though of puting Wasabi on pasta? It's brilliant I tell you!
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