Sesame Noodle Salad

BY : PUBLISHED : May 26th, 2021 UPDATED: September 6th, 2021

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.

Bowl of Sesame Salad with Two Wedges of Lemon on a Grey Surface

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!

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Sesame Noodle Salad

This super easy and quick Sesame Noodle Salad is the perfect lunch for those busy days! Eat it slightly warm or cold.
4.91 from 21 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine Asian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 416 kcal
DIET Vegan


  • 16 ounce package of Asian noodles
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • ¼ cup of sesame seeds
  • cup of sesame oil
  • cup of soy sauce
  • 1 lime squeezed
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ teaspoon of ginger powder
  • ¼ cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce


  • Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and allow to cool.
  • In a large bowl, add the cooked noodles with all the other ingredients. Stir until thoroughly mixed, and place in the refrigerator until chilled. Serve cold.


Calories: 416kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 14gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 1338mgPotassium: 315mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 2057IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 3mg
Keyword gluten free, noodle salad, noodles, salad, sesame noodles, vegan, vegan lunch, vegetarian
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