Cold Sesame Noodles with Coppa
The beach just got better. Change up your picnic fare with a mayo-free, pasta-based salad that can be eaten with chopsticks or a fork, cold or at room temperature. Feel free to add some hot sauce or fresh chiles if your crowd can take the heat.
See Cook’s Note for information on sesame paste.
Cold Sesame Noodle with Coppa
Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and rinse briefly with cold water. Put into a large bowl.
Meanwhile, cut the cucumber crosswise into four pieces, then julienne the whole cucumber, avoiding the center core of seeds (discard the core) and place in bowl with spaghetti. Julienne the carrots and put them into the same bowl. Add the sliced scallions and coppa.
For the sesame dressing
Whisk the sesame paste, peanut butter, water, vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil a medium bowl until smooth. (Makes about 2¼ cups.) Pour the sesame dressing over the spaghetti and vegetables and toss well with tongs. Can be eaten immediately, or chilled until needed.
Sesame paste, a Mediterranean condiment, is also known as tahini. The oil and paste are separated when purchased. Before using, stir slowly until emulsified — this will take a bit of time and patience.