Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles


 (Jane Bruce)

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Even though the weather is slowly getting warmer, cravings for a delicious bowl of pasta don't necessarily go away. Here's a solution: cold noodles! This dish is refreshing and crisp, while still having the comforting, hearty feel of pasta. The peanut-y sauce is creamy and rich, while the fresh veggies provide a cooling crunch. Enjoy!


  • 1 pound soba noodles
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • chile sauce, to taste
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and julienned
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, seeded and julienned
  • 1/2 cucumber, julienned
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, roughly chopped


Step 1

  • In a large pot of boiling water, cook the soba noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Set aside.

Step 2

  • In a medium bowl, combine garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, peanut butter, ginger, brown sugar, and chile sauce. Whisk well to combine. Adjust spice level and seasoning to taste.

Step 3

  • In a large bowl, combine the noodles, remaining ingredients, and the sauce. Mix well until everything is coated in the sauce. Serve at room temperature or chilled.