Asian Noodle Salad

"I found this recipe online and have made it several times. It is a big hit. I tripled it the first time I made it, so I had to adjust all the recipe measurements to taste."
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  • Stir together soy sauce, vinegar, oil, red pepper flakes, garlic, and ginger.
  • Cook linguine in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, then drain in a colander and rinse under cold water until cool.
  • Toss with dressing, carrot, scallions, red pepper, green pepper and sesame seeds in a large bowl.
  • Cooks' note: Toast seeds in a dry heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring until fragrant and a shade or two darker or toast in a shallow baking pan in a oven, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Do the night before to allow the salad to marinate.
  • Store in a plastic container in the fridge and shake it occasionally to coat the entire salad.
  • Some of the measurements should be adjusted to taste if you double or triple it (i.e., those who don't like the salty taste of soy sauce should decrease it).
  • This is awesome and it is a real party and/or BBQ hit.

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  1. A GREAT find for the hot summer months! Cathy17, thanks for the recipe!
  2. Awesome, spicy cold noodle dish. We now make it all the time. One of the best!
  3. This recipe is a HIT ! and I always get asked for the recipe by guests and I've made it for many pot-lucks and parties. Don't scrimp on the red pepper flakes, their heat is tempered by the sweetness of the sesame oil, the carrots and the pasta! An earlier reviewer didn't use 4 of the 10 ingredients and then added vinegar and vodka (?) to replace the distinctly sweet flavor of the seasoned rice vinegar then found it too spicy, duh!. All these ingredients work together to balance sweet and spicy, AND, making it a day ahead and leaving in the fridge does help blend all the flavors. TIP: Be careful with the fresh grated ginger - too much of this can overwhelm the dish.
  4. I wanted to love these noodles so much, but they were very bitter. If anyone has a remedy, that would be great!
  5. This is an excellent salad!


  1. This salad was a bit hit in our house. The only change I made was to use spaghetti instead of linguine. I added the full two teaspoons of pepper flakes and it was quite spicy but we all loved it. Even my son, who does not eat a lot of spicy food, really enjoyed it. Thanks for posting this Cathy!
  2. I enjoyed the sesame flavor of the salad and appreciated the do ahead nature of the recipe. My husband did not really enjoy the recipe, stating it did not have enough flavor. I followed the recipe exactly except I substituted vermicelli for linguine. I did use the full amount of soy sauce.


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