Chinese Cold Pasta Salad Recipe -
Chinese Cold Pasta Salad Recipe

Chinese Cold Pasta Salad

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"A delicious, cold pasta served with a spicy peanut sauce."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. Rinse and drain. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, broth, soy sauce, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Mix well. Add pasta, sliced red pepper, scallions, and cilantro; toss to combine. Chill.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2004

Very tasty indeed - and spicy. Try going to the local market and picking up some Asian noodles instead of fettucine. Also, the peanut butter can be annoying to mix unless you first microwave it for a short time - then it become soupy and "more liquified" and user-friendly without losing any flavor. Just be sure not to overcook the pb in the microwave; burnt pb stinks!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 09, 2009

I really felt like this one lacked flavor. I also think it needed some sort of oil or something and I tend to like things with very little fat. This one just didn't do it for me. Sorry. =(

Jun 30, 2008

Love this recipe - made a few modifications. My daughter made the "sauce" (so I hope her measurements were accurate) - I did add 1 tsp of red wine vinegar as another suggested. This recipe sounded to me like it should be served warm = so I added some cooked/cubed chicken breast, and added into the sauce. I then sauted the red & green bell pepper, onion, celery and garlic = added them warm to the "sauce." Last, I cooked Thai rice noodles (for "authenticity") and mixed to coat with the sauce, chicken and veggies. Love it! Great recipe and could make a great summer or winter dish. Thanks Julie - I'm adding this to my list of favorites!

Jan 25, 2004

This is a great recipe...the first time I made it I had a hard time blending the peanut butter (tried the microwave as suggested but still had a hard time)but the second time I used an electric mixer to blend peanut butter with the soy sauce first, and then added the rest of the sauce ingredients and mixed again.Worked better for me that way. Also, I doubled the recipe. Tastes great the way it's written but I did add shredded carrot, water chestnuts, and thinly sauteed beef to make it a main meal. I love spicy things and half of the red pepper was plenty for me. This is a recipe I will make often.

Jan 28, 2004

This salad was a big hit at our New Years Eve party. I added minced ginger to the dressing and shredded cabbage, carrot julienne strips, and dry roasted peanuts to the salad. I found the peanut butter mixed more easily if you heat all the dressing ingredients, then chill completely or overnight.

Jan 25, 2004

YUMMY! We recently moved and I couldn't find my cookbooks. I didn't want to spend a great deal of time in a hot kitchen and was dying for Cold Sesame Noodles. This is very good, very easy and very close to the recipe I was looking for. I used the full 2 tsp. of crushed red pepper because we like everything hot and spicy, but if you don't -- definitely cut the recipe back. I added about 1/2 - 1 tsp. red wine vinegar as that is called for in the original recipe (as well as soy sauce, etc.) and that helped round out the salad quite nicely. I made vegetarian broth in the microwave and added the peanut butter to that before putting it all in the large bowl and had no problem with the peanut butter breaking down. Once you let it sit it becomes less soupy, even with the whole wheat noodles I used. This is an excellent recipe!

Aug 26, 2008

Loved this salad! After you boil your noodles, drain them and use the hot stock pot to melt down your peanut butter; then add the other sauce ingredients. It works perfectly, and there is no need to haul out the blender. Add your noodles and other ingredients into the pot and mix well before pouring into a serving bowl. I added some shredded carrots and cucumbers, too. Delicious!

Jan 31, 2012

A quick and easy side dish! I used low sodium soy sauce, cut the red pepper flakes in half and used a little chili garlic sauce instead. I warmed the peanut butter to make it easier to work with and added a little rice wine vinegar. I used only the green onion and topped with a little toasted sesame seed. Overall, very tasty!


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  • Calories
  • 275 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.5 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 5.6 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 3.9 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 10.8 g
  • 22%
  • Sodium
  • 537 mg
  • 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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