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Sesame Noodle Salad

Rated as 4.52 out of 5 Stars

"This amazing salad recipe was given to me by a friend who used to know someone at the now closed Larry's Markets in the Seattle area. I've added to the recipe a little -- so it's not exactly the same... but better! I take this to every picnic and everyone loves it! May also add diced chicken for a variation."
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20 m servings 338 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the angel hair pasta, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  2. Whisk together the sesame oil, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, chili oil, and sugar in a large bowl. Toss the pasta in the dressing, then sprinkle with sesame seeds, green onion, and bell pepper. Serve warm, or cover and refrigerate for a cold salad.


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  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 338 calories; 16.8 g fat; 40.8 g carbohydrates; 7.3 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 1020 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Delicious! I cut the recipe in half as well as the amount of sesame oil and used low sodium soy sauce. I toasted my sesame seeds as well and added them at the end - they give a nice presentation...

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I made this recipe as written and felt it was too sweet and that you did not need so much sauce. I also missed the flavors of ginger and garlic which some other sesame noodle recipes I like have...

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Delicious! I cut the recipe in half as well as the amount of sesame oil and used low sodium soy sauce. I toasted my sesame seeds as well and added them at the end - they give a nice presentation...

I bought a bottle of hot chili oil at the Asian market a couple of weeks ago, and had no idea what to do with it...then I stumbled upon this recipe and thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I did!...

People raved about this at a party I went to this weekend. I substituted julienned carrots and peapods for the green onion, added 2 additional Tbs of sugar (per another reviewer) and toasted 1 T...

Love the flavors in the salad! I scaled this recipe back a bit since I am only serving two people. I left out the hot chili oil because family members don't tolerate spiciness well. I used the a...

I have been searching for a good sesame noodle recipe, and I think I have found it. I was skeptical about the balsamic vinegar, as most Asian pasta recipes call for rice vinegar. I'm going to tr...

This is a great pasta salad for a picnic or cookout. I used whole grain pasta and doubled the recipe for a large party. I followed the sauce recipe exactly as written with no substitutions. It...

I have made this recipe several times now for potlucks and BBQs and it is always a huge hit! People continually ask me for the recipe! The fundamental revision I make to the recipe is to sub 1/2...

Outrageously delicious! A new go-to for pot lucks and picnics. My gourmet grocery store sells this exact salad for $8.99/lb, forget that! By the way, they use black sesame seeds. I prepared...

I brought this dish to a family barbecue and it went over really well. I followed the recipe except I reduced the sesame oil to 1/4 cup, and that was still too much. When I make this again, wh...