By Vanessa Greaves

That's using your noodle!

These cold and refreshing noodle bowls give you all the comfort and satisfaction of slurping noodles but with extra chill factor built in. Perfect for cooling dinners on hot summer nights.

1. Vietnamese Rice-Noodle Salad

Cold rice noodles, carrots, cucumber, mint, napa cabbage, and peanuts are tossed with a sweet/savory/citrusy sauce. You could serve this as-is for a meat-free dish or add cooked shrimp or chicken if you wish. So pretty, and ready in only 15 minutes.

Photo by Caroline C

2. Saigon Noodle Salad

Recipe creator AnnInLondon says, "This Vietnamese-style noodle salad is my 'too hot to cook' staple. It is bursting with flavor and makes great use of leftover grilled meat or shrimp."

Photo by lutzflcat

3. Sesame Noodle Salad

"I have made this recipe several times now for potlucks and BBQs and it is always a huge hit!" says Jodi B. "People continually ask me for the recipe!"

4. Spicy Rice Noodle Salad

Chef John threw grilled chicken on his. What will you do?

5. Asian Noodle Salad

"This is a beautiful and flavorful salad with a fresh ginger dressing," says recipe creator Christine. "The cap of the shiitake mushroom has a meaty flesh with a lot of flavor; reserve the tough stems for stocks. White or cremini mushrooms can be substituted. These are less expensive, but not as flavorful."

Photo by lutzflcat

6. Cold Szechuan Noodles and Shredded Vegetables

"In a word: yum! This is an excellent recipe," says R_ANNE. "I love soba noodles, and here their wonderful flavor and texture is enhanced by the delicious marinade. Carrots and red bell peppers add crunch, and the green onions are the perfect finishing touch. Not only is this delicious, it's quite healthy, too."

Photo by France C

7. Yuba Noodle Salad

Yuba noodles meet all the requirements for grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, and low-cal lifestyles. Guess what? They're made out of tofu! Chef John shows you how to turn them into a crave-worthy salad.

8. Shrimp and Soba Noodle Salad

Poached or grilled shrimp tossed together with hearty soba noodles and garden-fresh vegetables get a big boost of flavor from an outstanding miso/ginger/rice vinegar dressing.

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

9. Grilled Shrimp and Rice Noodle Salad

Here's a big, bold, cold noodle salad that's perfect for a summer party. Assemble the salad first, and grill the shrimp and tomatoes at the last minute. They only take a few minutes, and the presentation is definitely impressive.

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

Oriental Cold Noodle Salad

"Wow!! This is a great summer dish," says BEAGDAD. "This has all the yin/yang qualities: sweet and sour, crisp and smooth, green and orange. My wife HATES cilantro: and yet, with the lime, she loved it."

Photo by lutzflcat


Pickled vegetables add the signature tangy snap to noodle bowls and salads. Why not make your own?