This healthy dish definitely ranks on my family’s Top 10 list of Favorite Dinners. It’s rare when I find one meal that every single child and adult in our house loves, and these Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles are one of those gems!
Heads up! This recipe for Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles was originally published in July, 2013. The photos were updated in August, 2018.
I have loved cold sesame noodles for as long as I can remember…my mom even used to bring them home from the grocery store deli as a special lunch treat!
I spent years perfecting my own recipe (the right amount of toasted sesame oil is key), and this is a true winner.
It’s especially perfect in the warm summer months when a hot pasta dish is not very appealing. With loads of veggies, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats, it’s an entire meal in one bowl!
This easy dinner recipe just goes to show that we should never assume that our children will not like a meal before we even offer it!
The first time I served this, Gibbs marched up to the dinner table, said “I don’t want that for dinner,” and asked for mac and cheese.
We told him that he could eat the dinner that was served, or he could go without food for the rest of the evening. Guess what? He sat down and finished three helpings of the cold peanut sesame noodles!
This dish is best when it’s refrigerated for at least an hour before serving, so make it in the morning or during your child’s nap and you’ll be very happy at the end of the day!
That said, I’ve also had readers tell me that they enjoyed the sesame noodles warm, and that they were delicious that way as well. Do whatever you prefer…
Is someone in your house allergic to peanuts? I’ve made the sesame noodles using almond butter and chopped almonds instead of the peanuts and it still tastes great!
Vegetarians? Just leave out the chicken! You can also vary the amounts of each vegetable to make sure that you have the most of what your family loves. Have fun with the recipe and enjoy!
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Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles
These Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles with chicken are an easy and healthy make-ahead dinner or lunch recipe that the whole family will love!
For the Sesame Peanut Sauce:
- 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
- 4 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 4 teaspoons honey
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
For the Pasta:
- 12 ounces soba noodles or whole wheat spaghetti, cooked according to package instructions and cooled to room temperature (or refrigerated)
- 9 ounces about 2 cups cooked and diced chicken
- 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 seedless English cucumber, chopped
- 2 green onions, chopped
- ½ cup grated carrots
- 1 cup sliced fresh white mushrooms
- ½ cup dry roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
- For the sauce, whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth. Set aside.
For the salad, combine all ingredients (except for the peanuts) in a large bowl. Pour HALF of the sauce over top and toss to coat. Reserve remaining sauce for garnish. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Just before serving, garnish noodles with chopped peanuts and toss or drizzle with additional sauce.
Tip: I like to boil the noodles in advance and keep them in a covered container in the refrigerator until I’m ready to assemble the salad. In order to prevent the noodles from sticking to each other, run them under cold water in a colander as soon as you drain them from the pot. This will rinse off a lot of the sticky starch. I also like to drizzle the noodles with a little bit of oil and give them a toss before stashing them in the refrigerator.
Cooking Just for Two? Cut the ingredients in half! The instructions remain the same.