Pasta Salad with Refreshing Shiso Leaves with Mild Avocado and Sesame

Pasta Salad with Refreshing Shiso Leaves with Mild Avocado and Sesame

I used a lot of sesame seeds in this. Enjoy the nutty fragrance of sesame seeds and the refreshing fragrance of shiso leaves.

Ingredients: easy-to-make amount (2 to 4 servings)

Short pasta of your choice
100 g
Shiso leaves
about 2 leaves
Sesame seeds
3 tablespoons
Lemon juice
(to stop the avocado from discoloring)
☆ Grated cheese
1 to 2 teaspoons
☆ Olive oil
1/2 tablespoon
☆ Soy sauce
1 tablespoon
☆ Wasabi paste
to taste
☆ Salt and pepper
a small amount
Salt (for boiling the pasta)
as needed


1. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water. I used some cute ribbon shaped farfalle this time.
2. Cut the avocado in half. Mash half into a cream like consistency. Cut up the other half into 1cm dice. Sprinkle lemon juice over both to prevent discolorization.
3. Grind up the sesame seeds in a suribachi (Japanese grinding bowl) or with a mortar and pestle. Finely shred the shiso leaves.
4. Mix all the ☆ ingredients with the creamed half of the avocado.
5. Put the boiled pasta in the mixture from Step 4 and combine well.
6. Lightly fold in the reserved diced avocado and the shiso leaves to finish. (Make sure not to crush the diced avocado.)
7. I used farfalle this time, but fusilli or rigatoni work well too.
8. (Recipe ID: 1715052) "Easy Sweet Potato and Egg Salad" also has tons of sesame seeds in it.

Story Behind this Recipe

I love sesame seeds. I love avocado too. This is a recipe that just came to my mind when I was preparing lunch one day.
The grated cheese adds richness and the shiso leaves add a refreshing finish.