Asian Noodle Salad

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

Asian noodle salad on a large plate with a dipping dish filled with dressing.

This post was originally published on March 19, 2014.

Recipe Highlights:

  • Even though there are a lot of ingredients involved here, this salad is very easy to make.
  • The same ingredients that go into the marinade also go into the dressing, which means you only have to mix one batch and then simply divide it.
  • This salad is full of healthy, fresh and intensely flavorful ingredients and contains no refined sugar.

How to make Asian noodle salad step by step:

Step 1. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk 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
  • 1/2 fresh chili pepper, finely chopped (ribs and seeds removed)
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds

Step 2. Pour half of the mix into a bowl, add 10 medium-sized shrimp to it, cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes. Cover the other half of the mix as well and transfer to the fridge (this will be the dressing for the salad).

Asian noodle salad dressing being whisked together and shrimp in a marinade.

Step 3. Cook 4 ounces soba noodles according to package instructions, rinse well under cold water and set aside.

Step 4. Grill the shrimp, then mix with the noodles, the dressing and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint leaves. Happy spring!

RECIPE NOTE: You can grill the shrimp on a cast iron grill pan on the stovetop or on an actual grill (skewer them if you use the grill so nothing gets lost).

Cooked soba noodles in a colander and grilled shrimp on a baking tray.

Can I make it ahead?

Yes. You can make all components ahead (the grilled shrimp, the dressing and the noodles) and store each of them in a separate container in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve the salad, toss everything together and add the chopped mint leaves.

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Asian noodle salad on a large plate with a dipping dish filled with dressing.
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Asian Noodle Salad

This Asian noodle salad is made with cold soba noodles and grilled shrimp and is full of flavor from fresh ginger, lime zest, cilantro, sesame, mint leaves and 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 small chili pepper, finely chopped (remove all ribs and seeds unless you want the dish very spicy)
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 10 medium-sized raw shrimp
  • 4 ounces soba noodles, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint leaves

Instructions:

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

Notes:

*If you have a cast iron grill pan, you can use that to grill the shrimp, or you can use the actual grill. The shrimp are done when the flesh is completely opaque and that takes only a few minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 440kcal

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Asian noodle salad on a large plate with a dipping dish filled with dressing.

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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