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We are huge fans of easy, quick, and simple recipes. Having an uncomplicated preparation to turn to when hunger strikes and we have little to no time on our hands is very important to avoid reaching out to those tempting takeout menus or fast-food restaurants nearby. This fresh and seriously delicious Sesame Noodle Salad is one of those beloved easy-going recipes and we think it should be stored either in your mouth-watering Pinterest Lunch board, screenshot album on your phone, printed in your kitchen “to do” recipes, or simply imprinted into your mental hard drive and loved forever.
There are so many reasons to love this salad. The first one is that it has noodles as the main ingredient and we cannot deny our love for noodles in any shape or form. The amazing flavors (sesame oil, soy sauce, cilantro, lime, and Worcestershire sauce) of the sauce or dressing are beyond good. And last but not least, it takes 15 minutes to make and uses very few ingredients.
How to Prepare a Noodle Salad?
Saying that preparing this noodle salad is easy is an understatement. The most time-consuming part of it is cooking (or soaking) the Asian noodles and most of them are usually left soaking in hot water while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Once that is in motion, you can grate your carrots and prepare your other ingredients like mincing garlic, chopping the cilantro, and squeezing the lime. Once the noodles are cooked and cooled you can add all of the ingredients and mix. Yes, it’s that easy!
Which are The Best Noodles for This Recipe?
We know that there are many different kinds of noodles to choose from but we recommend going with either some classic Asian noodles (made with white rice and cooked by soaking them in hot water), or some soba noodles (made with buckwheat and cooked like regular pasta). Both of these should work fine and go hand in hand with all the amazing Asian-inspired flavors in this recipe.
If you are choosing other noodles, make sure they contain eggs as some of them do.
Is This Sesame Noodle Salad Gluten-Free?
Unfortunately, most of the Worcestershire sauces in the market are not recommended for a gluten-free diet since it is made with barley. If you’re trying to avoid gluten, try to find one that is clearly labeled gluten-free and you should be fine. Otherwise, replace it with something else or skip it.
Can I Eat a Noodle Salad Warm?
Absolutely! If you’re not one for eating cold noodles then you can mix all the ingredients before the noodles have cooled down and enjoyed this Sesame Noodle Salad warm.
How to Best Store This Sesame Noodle Salad?
Luckily this salad can be stored just like any other leftover. Just place it in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can double this recipe and add it to your meal prep goodies for the rest of the week.
We personally think that this uber delicious salad tastes even better when eaten the day after being prepared. All the flavors blend together even more and it has that incredible taste only leftovers have.
Sesame Noodle Salad Variations
If you have made this recipe a few times already and are looking for ways to switch up a bit, or if you prepped it for the week and want to freshen it up, then we have a few fun ideas for you:
For extra protein and substance, add some sauteed or air fried tofu pieces
If you think adding in some extra veggies could take this dish to a new level, then adding very thinly sliced zucchini and bell peppers would give some extra freshness and nutrition.
Missing the extra zing? Add some red pepper flakes or sliced red chilis to up the hotness
Want some more greens? Chop some spinach or kale and throw it in to get those nutritious veggies.
Want to add some extra sweetness? Drizzle some maple syrup before mixing everything.
Add some avocado or chopped cashews for some extra creaminess and good fats. The cashews would also add some amazing crunch. Win-win!
If you like your noodle salad more fragrant, then we recommend toasting your sesame slightly before adding them to the mixing bowl. Their flavor will pop and your kitchen will smell amazing.
We strongly encourage you to give this delicious recipe a try and save yourself time when craving noodles! If you prepare this Sesame Noodle Salad, please tag us on Instagram and or Facebook!