Chinese Sesame Noodle Salad

Sherry Blizzard


This is the perfect "salad" for a hot summer day. You will love the combination of flavors from the creaminess of the peanut butter, the crisp and refreshing pop of cucumber crunchiness, and the hint of saltiness from the fish sauce. I almost love this even more the next day. You'll taste all 6 sensory tastes with this recipe!

I love being a member of our local community garden. My garden neighbors shared their onions, cucumbers, and garlic scapes with me. This is what I came up with to share with them.


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20 Min
10 Min
Stove Top


  • 12 oz
    chow mein udon noodles (nanka seimen)
  • 4 Tbsp
    sesame oil

  • 1-2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1/4 c
    green onions (slice on the diagonal)
  • 5
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    garlic scapes (or you can use chives)
  • 1"
    fresh ginger, zested
  • 2 tsp
    sambal oelek (red chili paste)
  • 3 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1/4 c
    rice vinegar
  • 1/4 c
    soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    fish sauce
  • 1/2 c
    creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 c
    hot water

  • 1/4 c
    toasted sesame seeds
  • ·
    cucumber slices to cover
  • ·
    minced cilantro

How to Make Chinese Sesame Noodle Salad


  1. Boil the noodles until soft (about 6-8 minutes). Immediately drain and rinse in cold water. Stop the cooking process! Drain well and toss with sesame oil to keep from sticking together.
  2. Heat vegetable oil, add the garlic, onions, ginger and chili. Cook for a few minutes, then add the remainder of the dressing ingredients. When the sugar has dissolved and the peanut butter is creamed into the the dressing, toss over the noodles. Use your fingers to gently massage the dressing into the noodles.
  3. Transfer the salad to a pretty dish. Discard any remaining dressing (you don't want to drown the noodles). Top with cucumber slices, toasted sesame seeds and cilantro. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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About Chinese Sesame Noodle Salad

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Chinese
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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