15 Minute Noodle Salad with Peanut Sesame Dressing

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This healthy egg noodle salad is great served cold for a quick vegetarian dinner or summer side dish with a peanut sesame dressing. Add chicken or tofu for an even heartier dinner!

Welcome to summer with this noodle salad ☀️

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Close up of noodle salad with broccoli in a cream bowl

Even though the summer is nowhere to be seen I’m pretending like it’s here with these sunny vegetarian noodles with crunchy broccoli, carrots and red peppers.

It’s fresh and full of flavour thanks to the creamy and delicious sesame peanut dressing and a spritz of lime juice. I like to drizzle the whole thing with a little extra tahini just before serving for that extra nutty hit and O.M.G it’s so good.

I meal prepped these on a Saturday night (yes, my life is that exciting) and served them up for weekday lunches which made my workdays much more enjoyable and I highly recommend you do the same!

This is exactly the kind of meal I like to eat during the summer. Pasta salads and noodles salads have just the right amount of comfort food ingredients while still being light and fresh. 

Chopped broccoli, peppers and carrot for noodle salad

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Why we love this noodle salad:

  • It’s vegetarian which is full of healthy vegetables although you could definitely add some chicken if you like
  • This salad is perfect for a summer dinner thanks to the cold and fresh noodles, crunchy veggies and nutty dressing
  • The dressing is super creamy and tastes amazing tossed with the rest of the salad ingredients
  • If you want to make this recipe vegan then make sure you switch the egg noodles for a different type

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Ingredients you need to make this easy noodle salad:

  • Peanut Sesame Dressing: A delicious mixture of tahini, peanut butter (I use crunchy), soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and garlic whisked together until smooth
  • Noodles: I like medium egg noodles but you could switch them out for whatever your favourite type is
  • Veggies: Carrots, peppers and broccoli go into this version of noodle salad 
  • Coriander: Or cilantro. Finely chopped and sprinkled over before serving
  • Lime Wedges: For squeezing over before serving

Glass bowl of peanut sesame dressing for noodle salad with whisk

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How to make noodle salad:

  1. Cook the noodles: According to packet instructions then refresh under cold water
  2. Make the sauce: Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients until smooth
  3. Stir fry the vegetables: Heat a drizzle of over a high heat and add the vegetables, stir fry for 3 minutes. Tip out into a large bowl, add the noodles and pour over the sauce. Toss together and serve topped with coriander and lime wedges

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

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Expert Tips for Making Noodle Salad with Peanut Sesame Dressing:

  • If you feel like you need some extra protein in this dish then you could add cooked shredded chicken breast or fried tofu before serving
  • This noodle salad can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container
  • I like to served this salad with an extra drizzle of tahini before serving for an extra nutty flavour
  • If the dressing is too thick you can thin it with a little water until you reach the desired consistency
  • You can add any extra vegetables you like to this salad including spinach, kale or red onion or sprinkle chopped spring onions on top before serving

Which noodles to use?

The great thing about this noodle salad is that you can make it using whatever noodles you like! I went with egg noodles because they’re pretty hardy and I like the way they taste cold but you could try rice noodles or soba noodles or pretty much any others! Simply follow the packet instructions for cooking them. 

How to store cold noodle salad?

The best thing about this noodle salad recipe is that it’s perfect for meal prep and works wonderfully as leftovers. To store simply portion out into containers and store in the fridge for 4 days.

Want more? Try these other noodle recipes or check out all my summer salad recipes!

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Noodle Salad with Peanut Sesame Dressing

This healthy egg noodle salad is great served cold for a quick vegetarian dinner or summer side dish with a peanut sesame dressing. Add chicken or tofu for an even heartier dinner!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 257kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

For the dressing

For the noodle salad

  • 4 nests Noodles
  • 2 Carrots thinly sliced
  • 2 Peppers thinly sliced
  • 1 head Broccoli chopped into florets
  • Small Bunch Coriander chopped
  • Lime Wedges to serve

Instructions

  • Cook the noodles according to packet instructions. Drain and refresh under cold water.
  • Whisk together all the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Thin slightly with water if needed.
  • Heat a drizzle of vegetable oil in a wok over a high heat, add the vegetables and stir fry for 3 minutes. Tip out into a large bowl, add the noodles and sauce and toss. Serve topped with coriander, lime wedges and extra tahini if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Noodle Salad with Peanut Sesame Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 859mg36%
Potassium 813mg23%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 6265IU125%
Vitamin C 186.6mg226%
Calcium 114mg11%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Rosa
    09/05/2019 at 11:09 AM


    Wow this sauce sounds so rich, creamy and delicious!! Just perfect for these noodles, yum!!

  • Reply
    Helen of Fuss Free Flavours
    09/05/2019 at 11:26 AM


    Noodle salad like this is just wonderful for easy to make meals, packed with flavour and loads of goodness. So easy to add extra veggies, which I try to do as often as possible. This would be ideal to box up and take to work.

  • Reply
    kim
    09/05/2019 at 11:58 AM


    What a great recipe! Love how easy and tasty this is!

  • Reply
    SHANIKA
    09/05/2019 at 12:09 PM


    Now this Noodle salad looks so healthy yet packed with flavor! I need to try this!

  • Reply
    sheenam | thetwincookingproject
    11/05/2019 at 7:58 AM

    Amy!! This looks so so good! So happy to have landed on your blog. Subscribed right away 🙂

    • Reply
      Amy
      11/05/2019 at 10:40 AM

      That’s so nice of you to say Sheenam, thanks so much 🙂

  • Reply
    Kim
    01/06/2019 at 1:14 AM


    I found this recipe on Pinterest and LOVE IT! I made it for dinner last night and are the rest for dinner today. The only thing I added was a little maple syrup to the peanut sauce. It was great!

    • Reply
      Kim
      01/06/2019 at 1:17 AM

      *I meant “ate the rest for dinner….”

    • Reply
      Amy
      01/06/2019 at 11:48 AM

      Thank you so much Kim! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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