Asian Noodle Salad

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Asian Noodle Salad |

Things that scare me: centipedes, dill, the sixty seconds that follow after you drive away from a tollbooth (why are there never any lane lines?!), American cheese, animals dressed as humans (just kidding…name that TV show!), running out of parmigiano, and lastly…

…Asian recipes from twenty year old magazines.  Not necessarily in that order.

Asian Noodle Salad |

So I was a little worried to make another Asian dish from an old issue of Bon Appetit.  Maybe I was pushing my luck a little bit with this.  But the first recipe was a winner so I decided to just go for it.

After all, the ingredients sort of spoke for themselves.  Soba noodles, sesame oil, cilantro (lots of it!), spring onions, jalapeno, soy sauce, vinegar, and most importantly, lots and lots of crushed peanuts.

Crushed peanuts are my favorite, forever and for always.

Asian Noodle Salad |

When a dish is this simple, it all boils down to balancing the flavors and making sure one ingredient isn’t overpowering the next.

I can’t tell you how tempted I was to mess with this recipe.  I kept wanting to add more and more–namely fresh lime juice, possibly a dash of fish sauce, sriracha, you name it.  Just MORE!

Asian Noodle Salad |

But I held myself back.  Mostly because it really doesn’t need anything else and part of the beauty of this salad is that it is so simple.  It is delicate, but still leaves you wanting some more.

If you had an extra fifteen or twenty minutes in the morning, you could totally throw this dish together to pack up for lunch or even get ahead on dinner plans that evening.

Asian Noodle Salad |

Even though I usually crave warm meals at this time of the year, it’s sort of a nice change in pace to have a cold salad every now and then.  Especially if you used this as a base for a more substantial meal and topped it with marinated salmon, shrimp, or grilled tofu.

Plus, it’s supposed to be 70 degrees here on Sunday and I’m sort of freaking out about that.  What is happening with the world?!

Asian Noodle Salad

Yield: 4 Servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

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  • 1/2 lb dried soba (Japanese buckwheat) noodles
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 4 large spring onions, sliced thinly on a diagonal
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded, veins removed and finely minced
  • 3/4 cup toasted, unsalted (or lightly salted) peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season generously with salt. Add the soba noodles and cook until al dente (just firm to bite). Drain and rinse noodles under cold water. Allow to drain and set aside in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, and salt, until sugar has dissolved completely.
  3. Pour sauce over noodles and toss to coat evenly. Add the cilantro, jalapeno, peanuts, and sesame seeds and toss gently. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper if necessary.
  4. Salad can be prepared up to a day in advance, but can be served immediately (it does taste better after sitting for 30 minutes or longer though). Garnish with additional peanuts, cilantro, and spring onions if desired. Best served cold.

Recipe (tweaked slightly) from 1994 issue of Bon Appetit magazine.

32 Responses to “Asian Noodle Salad”

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    pippa@popovertopippas — December 19, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Is this really super good? I was thinking I could make this for the Riley’s.

    • Laura replied: — December 20th, 2013 @ 12:13 am

      It was very good! You could definitely add things to bulk it up too. But if you’re making it for dinner, I would suggest adding a protein on top!

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    Liz @ Virtually Homemade — December 19, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    What a beautiful salad – amazing ingredients!

    • Laura replied: — December 20th, 2013 @ 12:14 am

      Thank you Liz!

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — December 19, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    Laura — these pictures are just stunning and those noodles look amazing. Looks like Bon Appetit is serving you well. :) I fall in love with you blog a little more each time I visit, you’ve got some serious talent girl!

    • Laura replied: — December 20th, 2013 @ 12:15 am

      I’m not going to lie, I’ve had a few fails since I’ve started the series, but I don’t want to post bad recipes–so you don’t end up seeing the bad stuff ;). Thank you so much Nicole! You are so sweet—and that means a lot.

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    Simon Davidson — December 19, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    Laura – this salad looks yummy. Perhaps you could make some over the Xmas for us all.

    • Laura replied: — December 20th, 2013 @ 12:16 am

      I’m not sure if this salad will fit into the Davidson meal plan!! It seems to be all figured out :)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 19, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    Gorgeous pics & I love noodle salads! Pinned

    • Laura replied: — December 20th, 2013 @ 12:17 am

      Thanks Averie! :)

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    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely — December 19, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    I love how simple this recipe is! I bet the flavors really come alive. And you made me laugh out loud about leaving toll booths and there being no lane dividers, ha! So true!

    • Laura replied: — December 20th, 2013 @ 12:17 am

      Why is that?!? Every.single.time. It’s like we’re auditioning for Nascar or something, haha. Thank you Natalie!

  7. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — December 19, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    Noodle salads are the best….loving all the flavors happening here! Can we talk more about this dill fear?!?!?!??

    • Laura replied: — December 20th, 2013 @ 12:19 am

      Hahaha! This comment made me crack up. I just can’t do dill–I mean I can occasionally in small doses but ugh. I think I once had a dish that was totally over-dilled (new verb?) and it scarred me for life.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — December 19, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    This noodle salad looks so scrumptious, Laura! Absolutely gorgeous photos, too!

    • Laura replied: — December 20th, 2013 @ 12:21 am

      I ate a LOT of it, haha. Thank you so much Georgia!!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — December 19, 2013 @ 11:21 pm

    70 degrees on Sunday?? I’m moving in.

    And I love love love cold Asian noodle dishes — this one looks so perfectly delicious!

    • Laura replied: — December 20th, 2013 @ 12:24 am

      Now it says 72! So wacky. I think this is the only week in the year (Christmas week), that I’d actually take cold and snowy weather over the warm stuff.

      Wish you could visit though!

  10. #
    Tieghan — December 19, 2013 @ 11:47 pm

    Asian foods are my obsession right now. I cannot stop making them and this salad is next. Gosh, it is GORGEOUS!! These photos!! Next email we need to trade tricks!

    And 70!! What the heck! It is Christmas, that is not right!

    • Laura replied: — December 20th, 2013 @ 12:27 am

      Obsessed with all things Asian too. Have been for about a year now–I crave it constantly. Your winter rolls today didn’t help matters.

      And yes!!! This weather is not right. I need some of that Colorado snow. Happy to chat, as always 😉

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    Two Red Bowls — December 20, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    Hahaha, love your list of things you’re scared of! Driving away from the tolls never struck me as scary before but now that I’ve read it I feel like I’ll definitely be terrified next time. This salad looks absolutely amazing, gorgeous and refreshing — and I love your bowls!

    • Laura replied: — December 23rd, 2013 @ 10:02 am

      Oh no!!! I’ve misplaced my irrational fear onto you. Seriously though, I don’t get why there are no lines. Thank you!! The bowls were on sale and from West Elm. Love them too.

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — December 20, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    Your pictures are beautiful and the noodles look very yummy!

    • Laura replied: — December 23rd, 2013 @ 10:02 am

      Thank you so much Layla! Hope you had a great weekend!

  13. #
    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — December 23, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

    I am always looking for good lunch ideas, and this recipe really fits the bill. Thanks!

  14. #
    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate — December 28, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    I love the nutty flavour of buckwheat noodles and I love that this is vegetarian! Yummy!

    • Laura replied: — December 30th, 2013 @ 9:56 am

      Thank you Mallory!!!

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    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes — January 2, 2014 @ 5:29 am

    Soba noodles, they can count as my newly found food obsession of 2013, and this recipe is exactly how I like them! And I have a mad love for peanuts too! We had a 98º Christmas this year, so 70 sounds like heaven! Happy 2014 Laura! And I love that first pic.


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