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Cold Noodle Salad

Cold Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

Cold noodle salad with veggies and a creamy peanut dressing. Topped with sweet toasted peanuts. Great for lunch, picnics, BBQs and potlucks.
Course Main
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 388kcal


For the salad

  • 150 g dry weight (approx 2 cups of cooked noodles) I used whole wheat noodles
  • 110 g (5oz) of baby spinach
  • 60 g of red cabbage (1 cup shredded) finely shredded
  • 2 medium carrots peeled then cut into ribbons
  • 50 g (½ cup) of radishes sliced thinly
  • ½ a medium (60g) red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • ½ a medium (60g) yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 110 g (¼ cup) sugar snap peas blanched
  • 1 handful of coriander (cilantro) leaves roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp spring onions (scallions) sliced + more for garnish
  • 80 g (½ cup) of peanuts unroasted, I used jumbo peanuts
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • tsp sea salt flakes

For the dressing

  • 4 heaped tbsp smooth peanut butter I use a 100% natural sugar-free peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • ½ tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic put through a garlic press or finely grated
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated ginger skin peeled off and finely grated
  • The juice of 1 lime
  • ½ tsp red chilli pepper finely chopped
  • 50 ml (¼ cup) of water more if you need it
  • Lime wedges to serve
  • salt and black pepper for seasoning


For the salad

  • Cook the noodles according to the packet, drain and leave to cool.
  • Blanch the sugar snap peas in boiling water for 2 minutes, remove to an ice bath, then leave them aside until you are ready to add them to the salad.
  • Toast the peanuts in a dry frying pan over medium heat, tossing occasionally. When they start to turn golden brown turn down the heat a little then add a tablespoon of maple syrup. Stir the maple syrup and nuts together until they are golden brown and sticky. Transfer them to a small bowl to cool. When they have cooled you will need to break them up a bit then sprinkle a small pinch of sea salt flakes over them.

Make the dressing

  • Add the 4 heaped tablespoons of smooth peanut butter to a bowl. Add the garlic, ginger and chopped chilli. Pour in 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of sweet chilli sauce, ½ a tablespoon of toasted sesame oil and the lime juice.
    Whisk everything together. Start adding the water one or two tablespoons at a time, whisking all the time. Keep adding water until you have a smooth pouring consistency.

Assemble the salad

  • Place all the vegetables and the chopped coriander in a large salad bowl and toss well.
  • Add the noodles then pour in the dressing. Toss everything together.
  • Serve with the sweet toasted nuts and lime wedges.


  • Switch up the veggies –  Courgettes (zucchini), edamame, french beans been Brussel sprouts are also great in this.
  • Add-ins – crispy tofu cubes are great in this. You could also add some Tempah if you like. 
  • Make it gluten-free – this is easy to make gluten-free, just use your favourite gluten-free noodles swap the soy sauce for tamari.
  • Peanut allergy? swap the peanut butter for almond butter and the toasted peanuts for cashews.
  • Making ahead – make the dressing adn the toasted nuts the day before and keep them in the fridge until you are ready to use them. The noodles are best made fresh. You could prep the veg earlier that day if you want.
  • Storing/leftovers  – if you’re making this to take on a picnic or pot luck I would not add the coriander. Keep the salad in a covered bowl in the fridge. I would keep the nuts separate they can be kept in an airtight container on the kitchen counter. Leftovers will keep for about 2 or 3 days.
  • Nutritional Information  - is calculated using an online tool all information is approximate.
  • Weights and measurements - For US readers, I use Cuisipro measuring cups and spoons, and a Pyrex measuring jug for liquids. These are the industry standard. Cup/spoon volumes can differ from brand to brand, for accuracy, I recommend weighing all ingredients if possible for best results.


Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.6g | Protein: 12.8g | Fat: 25.7g | Saturated Fat: 4.3g | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 622mg | Fiber: 5.9g | Sugar: 8.3g | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 4mg