Is it hot where you are? We've had an unseasonably cool several days, but the weather reports assure us that that's about to change.
This sesame noodle salad is a perfect cold noodle salad for a hot day. Make the noodles and the dressing ahead of time and let the noodles soak in all the flavor from the dressing (sesame oil, honey, soy sauce).
Then toss it with green onions, cilantro, bell pepper and peanuts right before serving. Yum!
You can also add cubed cooked chicken to the salad to make it a more substantial meal, or some tahini for a creamier sesame flavor. If you take it to a potluck picnic, double the recipe! This one is a crowd pleaser.
Recipe and photos updated, first published 2006
Sesame Noodle Salad
If substituting tamari for soy sauce, use less because it is more concentrated.
Honey Soy Dressing:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil
3 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper or chili powder (optional)
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
12 ounces vermicelli, thin spaghetti, or angel hair pasta
2/3 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
1/3 cup chopped roasted salted peanuts
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Prepare the dressing:
Put the dressing ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
Cook the pasta:
Put the pasta in a large pot in salted boiling water (1 Tbsp salt for every 2 quarts of water). Cook al dente, according to the directions on the pasta package. Drain.
Toss with dressing, chill:
Stir together the cooked pasta and the dressing in a large bowl until the pasta is well coated. Cover and chill for several hours.
Stir in cilantro, peanuts, green onions, bell pepper:
When ready to serve, mix in the cilantro, peanuts, green onions and bell pepper. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 21g||27%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||15%|
|Total Carbohydrate 30g||11%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||8%|
|Total Sugars 10g|
|Vitamin C 21mg||104%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|