Cold Sesame Noodle Salad

Cold Sesame Noodle Salad

Photo by James Ransom Test Kitchen-Approved Author Notes A note on noodle choice: any long, thin pasta will do. Vermicelli or thin rice noodles (like those pictured here) are great gluten-free options, and hold up much better than brown rice noodles when cooked and then chilled. If it’s what you have in your pantry or…

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Cold Sesame Noodle Salad

Photo by James Ransom
  • Test Kitchen-Approved
Author Notes

A note on noodle choice: any long, thin pasta will do. Vermicelli or thin rice noodles (like those pictured here) are great gluten-free options, and hold up much better than brown rice noodles when cooked and then chilled. If it’s what you have in your pantry or all you can find, plain ol’ spaghetti works just as well. —Kendra Vaculin

  • Prep time
    5 minutes
  • Cook time
    10 minutes
  • Makes
    3 servings
Ingredients
  • For the salad:

  • 1/2 pound

    noodles (see head note)


  • 1

    medium red bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced


  • 1/3 cup

    shredded or thinly sliced carrots


  • 1/2 cup

    shredded cabbage


  • 1 pinch

    Sesame seeds

  • For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons

    tahini


  • Tablespoon

    olive oil


  • 1 teaspoon

    honey


  • 1 tablespoon

    sesame oil


  • 2 teaspoons

    rice wine vinegar


  • 1

    clove garlic, finely grated


  • 1/2 teaspoon

    finely grated ginger

Directions
  1. Cook the noodles in salted water according to the package instructions. Drain and rinse well under cold water. Add a drizzle of sesame oil and toss, to keep them from sticking.
  2. While the pasta cooks, assemble the dressing. In a large bowl, whisk the tahini, honey, sesame oil, vinegar, garlic, and ginger together until smooth; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the cold noodles, pepper, carrots, and cabbage to the bowl of dressing. Top with sesame seeds before serving. Dressed salad will keep well covered, in the refrigerator, for 4 days.

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