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Sesame Noodle Salad

Great warm or cold, Sesame Noodle Salad features springy noodles in a creamy, savory, peanut sauce. These flavorful noodles are better than take-out and can be made ahead as meal prep or to serve as a side dish at your next potluck.
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Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Pasta / Noodles
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: make-ahead meal, pasta salad, potluck recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 315kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $4.00

Equipment

  • Microwave Safe Bowl
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Food Processor, Box Grater or Mandolin

Ingredients

Sesame Peanut Sauce

  • 5 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 4 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp Creamy Peanut Butter (I used regular JIF peanut butter, but natural peanut butter should work)
  • 1 Tbsp grated Fresh Ginger
  • 1 tsp White Sugar
  • 2 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp Sesame Oil

Noodle Salad

  • 8 oz Spaghetti, uncooked (see note)
  • 4 oz Red Cabbage, finely shredded (see note)
  • 4 oz Carrots, finely shredded (see note)
  • 2 stalks Green Onions, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup Roasted Peanuts, chopped

Instructions

  • Cook pasta: Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain (do not rinse). Allow pasta to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Make sauce: Combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, peanut butter, ginger, sugar, and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute, just to soften the peanut butter and heat the mixture. Remove from microwave and whisk until smooth. Stir in sesame oil.
  • Combine: Combine cooked spaghetti, shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, and sauce until evenly combined. (At this point, the noodles can be refrigerated up to a day before serving.)
  • Top and serve: Just before serving, stir in green onions. Top noodles with roasted peanuts. Serve noodles warm or chilled / room temperature.

Notes

Spaghetti - Measure the dry pasta by weight (8 oz is usually half a package of spaghetti). Many other types of noodles are great here - soba noodles, ramen noodles, or udon noodles.
Cabbage / Carrots - I think it’s worth pulling out the food processor and using the shredder attachment to shred the cabbage and carrots together. It makes quick work of shredding. You can also use a mandolin or box grater, but just make sure the vegetables are very finely shredded since they will be served raw in the salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 923mg | Potassium: 333mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3408IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg