Asian Zucchini Noodle Salad

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Zucchini noodles with cabbage, carrots, red bell pepper, green onions, tossed with a sesame rice vinegar dressing. Light, fresh, and easy!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

So, have you taken the plunge and invested in a spiral slicer? I bought one a few months ago and have been experimenting ever since. So far my favorite vegetable to “spiralize” is zucchini.

One quick way to make use of zucchini noodles is to just toss the raw “zoodles” with salad dressing. Instant zucchini salad!

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Asian Zucchini Noodle Salad

With this recipe, I thought I would take the zucchini salad idea a step further and make a favorite Asian noodle salad, but with zucchini noodles. In addition to the zucchini there is thinly sliced cabbage, grated carrots, sliced bell pepper and green onions. Everything is tossed with a toasted sesame oil rice vinegar dressing.

It’s light, colorful, crunchy, and delicious. A perfect fresh salad for a hot day!

Asian Zucchini Noodle Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Some vegetables can be harder to digest when they are raw, like cauliflower or zucchini. So, if you are not used to eating raw zucchini, take it easy the first time, and don't eat more than a regular portion.


  • 3 to 4 zucchinis (1 1/2 pounds total)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced and roughly chopped red cabbage
  • 1 large carrot, grated (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced then cut into 1-inch segments
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped, leaves and tender stems (about 1/2 cup)


  • 1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar*
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dark roasted sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

*Seasoned rice vinegar is rice vinegar that has been seasoned with salt, pepper, and sugar. If you have plain rice vinegar, you'll need to add seasoning and sugar to it.


1 Spiralize zucchini noodles: Using a spiralizer or other spiral vegetable slicing tool, use the zucchini to make the zucchini noodles following manufacturer's directions. You should have 5 to 6 cups of "zoodles". Place in a colander set over a bowl and toss with salt. Let the noodles drain a bit of their excess moisture while you prep the other vegetables.

Many of the noodles are quite long, so you'll want to cut them up a bit with scissors to make them easier to toss with the other vegetables.

2 Combine zucchini noodles with cabbage, carrot, bell pepper, onions, cilantro in a large bowl.

3 Make dressing: Whisk together in a medium bowl the seasoned rice vinegar, olive oil, dark sesame oil, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes.

4 Pour the dressing over the zucchini noodles and vegetables and gently toss to combine.

Serve immediately.

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Asian Zucchini Noodle Salad

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Bren

    How do I pin this?

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  2. Barb Grunwald

    Beautiful colors and very tasty. We have a somewhat similar recipe with rice etc. that calls for peanut butter and I think I’ll add that next time – would give it a little more oomph. Definitely keeping this recipe!


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  3. Glenn

    Delicious! I made the seasoned rice vinegar with 5T vinegar, 1T sugar, 1t salt and 20 grinds of pepper. Does that sound about right to you?.


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  4. elsie

    I love this recipe and have made it several times. I added some cooked rice stick noodles and served with bbq’d chicken thighs. A big hit on Canada Day.


  5. Amber

    Delicious! My husband hates zoodles and he loved it too. :)


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