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Green Tea and Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 20 min
  • Servings 6
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Noodles boiled in Green Tea take on a subtle tea flavor that pairs well with smokey salmon and a lemon ginger dressing.
by: The Food in My Beard
Updated Oct 31, 2014
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  • 1 box spaghetti
  • 20 cups water
  • 30 teabags green tea
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seed


  • 1
    Bring water to a boil.
  • 2
    Add teabags, then remove with strainer.
  • 3
    Boil pasta in the tea.
  • 4
    Make the dressing: Squeeze the juice from the lemons. Grate ginger into the lemon juice. Add salt and pepper. Slowly pour in olive oil while whisking.
  • 5
    When the pasta is almost done, take a ladle of the tea and place it into the mixing bowl. Strain out pasta and add to the bowl, add the dressing and poppy seeds and mix well. Serve chilled.

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More About This Recipe

  • I can't get enough Green Tea lately, and when I get obsessed with something, I need to try and figure out how to cook with it.  

    One of my favorite ways to cook with liquids is to boil or braise something in them!  I have cooked pasta in coffee in the past, so I thought it would work nicely with Green Tea.

    I looked around online to find some suggested Green Tea pairings, and saw that it goes well with smoked salmon, poppy seeds, and obviously lemon.  The pasta salad was born!  The flavors in here are all very subtle, but I didn't want to cover up the green tea.  It came out really good and would be perfect eaten outside on a plate next to some grilled meats and veggies!

    The detailed Green Tea and Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad recipe can be seen here, but there are some photos of the process below.

    Lemon and Ginger for the dressing

    That is a lot of teabags.  Make sure you use the powder that builds up as well.  Matcha green tea is the best type of tea to use.  That isn't a brand, but actually a type of tea.

    Teabags into the boiling water before the pasta.

    Teabags out, Pasta in.

    A little of the pasta cooking water goes into the ginger-lemon dressing.

    Smoked Salmon

    Do the noodles look green to you?  The color is very subtle, as is the flavor.

    Very tasty!

    Dan Whalen is a blogger at The Food in my Beard; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!
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