Asian Noodle Salad

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This delicious Asian noodle salad is made with cold soba noodles and grilled shrimp and is bursting with intense flavors from fresh ginger, lime zest, cilantro, sesame and a chili pepper. It’s sweet, sour, salty and spicy and makes the perfect appetizer for a warm spring day!

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How to make Asian noodle salad:

Even though there are a lot of ingredients involved here, this salad is actually very simple to make.

asian noodle salad ingredients

You start by mixing together 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger, 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro, zest of 1 lime, 1 minced or pressed garlic clove, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 chopped fresh chili pepper (remove some or all ribs and seeds unless you want the dish very spicy), 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil and 1.5 teaspoons sesame seeds.

Then you pour half of the mix into a bowl and use it to marinate 10 medium-sized shrimp. You set the other half aside as the salad dressing. That’s almost already all there is to it. All that’s left to do is cook 4 ounces soba noodles and put the shrimp on the grill, then toss everything with the dressing. Happy spring!

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Asian Noodle Salad

This delicious Asian noodle salad is made with cold soba noodles and grilled shrimp and is bursting with flavor from fresh ginger, lime zest, cilantro, sesame and a chili pepper. It's sweet, sour, salty and spicy!
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: asian noodle salad, asian noodle salad with shrimp
Servings: 2
Calories: 440kcal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 small chili pepper, finely chopped (remove some or all ribs and seeds unless you want the dish very spicy)
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1.5 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 10 medium-sized shrimp
  • 4 ounces of soba noodles, uncooked
  • 3 finely chopped scallions optional
  • a smattering of mint leaves, optional

Instructions:

  • Peel the shrimp and set aside.
  • In a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, mix soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, honey, chili pepper, sesame oil, cilantro, lime zest, ginger and sesame seeds together until well combined.
  • Transfer half of the mix into a small bowl, add the shrimp and marinate for 30 minutes in the fridge. Set the liquid measuring cup with the remaining half aside as the salad dressing.
  • Take the shrimp out of their marinade and grill. Set aside.
  • Cook the soba noodles according to package instructions.
  • Drain the noodles, rinse them thoroughly under cold water and toss them with the salad dressing.
  • Mix the grilled shrimp into the soba noodles.
  • If using, sprinkle scallions and mint leaves on the salad and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 440kcal

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13 comments

    • Nicole B. says:

      That is so wonderful to hear, Shalini! Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and leave feedback, you made my day! :)

    • Nicole B. says:

      That is wonderful to hear, Bev! Thank you so much for taking the time to give me feedback, I really appreciate that! :)

  1. Crystal | Apples & Sparkle says:

    I love Asian-style noodles so much also. This looks really delicious. And your photos are just beautiful. Pinned. : )

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