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Oriental Cold Noodle Salad Recipe

Oriental Cold Noodle Salad

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"A zesty treat--Goes great with bbq'd chicken and a beer. This dish has more of a Thai flavor. For a Japanese flavor, omit the pepper flakes, peanuts, and cilantro. Add 1/4 c. of toasted sesame seeds. If you're feeling adventurous mix in 1/2 c. of shredded dried seaweed (nori) just before serving. You can substitute ramen noodles for soba."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. In a large pot, cook soba noodles according to package directions. Drain, rinse noodles with cold water, and set aside.
  2. Pour into a large bowl the sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and lime juice. Mix in lime zest, brown sugar, garlic, and red pepper flakes; stir until sugar dissolves. Toss in carrots, peanuts, and cilantro.
  3. Cut noodles into 3-inch lengths. Stir into dressing mixture. Cover, and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  4. Toss salad again before serving. If dry, splash with soy sauce and vinegar. Serve cold.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 03, 2005

I give this 5 stars for the dressing alone. I have been trying to figure out how to duplicate the dressing which I've had on a similar salad and this hit the spot. That said, you should know that I "modified" it a bit. I used approx 3 Tbsp of lime juice, no zest, 1 Tbsp of white sugar and no garlic (husband hates it). The pepper flakes were a nice touch and you could also use Chinese chili (red) oil for some heat. To make it a dinner salad, I took precooked chicken, tossed it in some soy sauce and about 1/2 tsp of grated fresh ginger and added that, along with a couple of finely chopped green onions. I served it on a bed of chopped romaine lettuce. YUMMY! Thanks so much for the dressing - you made my day.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 11, 2005

I used 1 lb. angel hair pasta because I didn't have the soba noodles, and they worked very well. I omitted the cilantro. Found the recipe to be tasty, but the vinegar taste was strong. If I made it again, I would reduce the amount of wine vinegar. A fresh tasting recipe.

Dec 05, 2008

Yum! What a great recipe. I followed it almost exactly except I added sesame seeds instead of the peanuts, honey instead of brown sugar, Asian chili sauce instead of peppers, and some grated ginger. I also threw in some edamame along with shredded carrots. Just as good, if not better then the restaurants. UPDATE: two days later and its AMAZING!!! Definitely let it sit as long as you can. I wish it would last longer then two days but sadly its all gone:(

Jun 13, 2005

Wow!! This is a great summer dish This has all the yin/yang qualities: sweet and sour, crisp and smooth, green and orange. My wife HATES cilantro: and yet, with the lime, she loved it. I used panchit noodles, but that was the only variation. This is easy to prpeare, and can be made ahead of time Tahnks, Christiana , for a great recipe!

Jul 02, 2008

The dressing for this salad is delicious. I add about a tablespoon of Mirin to the dressing which cuts down on the dryness as well. I like more vegetables in this salad. My favorite it to add julienned daikon radish and whole sugar snap peas. I have also added small pieces of aspragus, although they are not so oriental. If you add too many more veggies, you need to make a little more dressing, though. I have made this recipe with salmon, doubled the dressing recipe and used it to marinate the salmon to have the flavors pull through in another dish. It was wonderful!

Mar 23, 2007

Delicious! I couldn't find soba noodles so I settled for angel hair, and it worked great. I love lime and garlic so I increased it to 3 cloves, and made sure to include all the juice and zest of 1 lime despite other reviews. I also added a little more cilantro than called for. It does make a lot, but for a party I would probably double it. I only put in 1/2 tsp. of red pepper flakes, and that gave it just enough kick for me. Update- I made this again, with soba noodles found at my local grocery. They were ones made from buckwheat flour! I added a little more rice vinegar and soy sauce because I remembered it needed more moisture last time, but the soba noodles don't absorb as much as the angel hair, so there was too much liquid. It is still delicious though! I added some green onion this time too, and omitted the nuts.

Feb 29, 2012

This was fantastic! We loved it! Didn't change a thing.

Jul 30, 2007

This recipe was great! Definately serve after letting the salad sit in the 'fridge overnight--more flavor! I added mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple, and baby corn to the salad, too.


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  • Calories
  • 242 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.2 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 3.7 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 9.7 g
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 1068 mg
  • 43%

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

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