Cold noodles don’t automatically equal pasta salad; try these cold noodle recipes for easy summer meals when it’s done too hot for soup.
Much like revenge, noodles can be a dish that is eaten cold (or at room temperature). Paired with the right proteins, veggies, and hot seasonings, you’ll have a delicious meal to prepare (perfect for a workday lunch) or a jackpot of an appetizer, snack, or side that will last for days. .
While we are certainly fans of picnic pasta salads, the dishes from around the world highlighted below are exclusively of the noodle variety (and virtually no mayo) that are ideal for your summer spread.
A satisfying mix of textures and flavors makes this salad shine. Soba (Japanese buckwheat noodles) and pan-fried Tofu bring softness while cucumber and the pepper takes care of the crunch. A Pad of ginger, soy, lemon juice and red pepper flakes provide notes of salty, acidity and spice while a drizzle of sesame oil adds a pronounced nutty. Get our Sesame and tofu noodle salad recipe.
Take a dip with this classic Japanese preparation. Chilled soba noodles topped with shredded nori can be simple, but the side sauce that mixes sake, mirin, soy sauce, dried kelp, and bonito flakes is anything but. Get the Recipe by Zaru Soba.
Peanut Butter anchors the multi-faceted dressing of this Chinese go out favorite. Choose between soba noodles or more hearty udon noodles. Toss with herbs and vegetables and serve cold or at room temperature.
How are these dry, gray noodles derived from tubers (also called Korean vermicelli) turn crystal clear in hot water is a mini food science wonder. What’s even more miraculous is how good they taste when paired with a delicate soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar dressing and an assortment of chopped vegetables. . Get our Japchae recipe.
If you are a ramen fanatic, you’ve probably had all versions under the sun… shoyu, tonkatsu, shio, the list goes on. But served cold? It may be uncharted territory. If it’s hot, chill out with this refreshing no-soup bowl of chilled noodles, vegetables, ham and eggs with a double dose of salad dressings (soy and sesame) and an array of toppings. Get the Hiyashi Chuka recipe.
Even if served chilled, this Korean favorite adds heat with a strong pinch of mustard powder. Buckwheat naengmyeon noodles take a cold bath in dongchimi beef broth (radish water kimchi) enriched with brine for the ultimate summer drink. Get the Mul Naengmyeon recipe.
It’s tempting to eat freshly baked kugel. But if there are any leftovers, you’re in for a treat. The sweet, egg Eastern European noodle casserole is arguably at its best tasted straight out of the fridge. To have Bubbe’s Luchen Kugel Recipe.