Shanghai Noodle Salad


Tangy, addictive, Asian pasta salad. Great for lunch boxes! Instead of chili flakes, you can add 1/4 teaspoon of chili paste to the whisked dressing ingredients.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound fresh thick Chinese wheat noodles

  • ¼ cup ketchup

  • 3 ½ tablespoons sesame oil

  • 3 ½ tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons lime juice

  • ¼ cup chopped green onion

  • 2 carrots, peeled and shredded

  • 1 small zucchini, cut into matchsticks

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into matchsticks

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  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 Chinese noodles, and return to a boil. Cook the noodles uncovered, stirring occasionally, until they have cooked through, about 5 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink. Rinse the noodles with cold water several times to chill, then drain again.

  2. In a large salad bowl, whisk together the ketchup, sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, kosher salt, and lime juice until the brown sugar has dissolved. Place the noodles, green onion, carrots, zucchini, red pepper, sesame seeds, and red pepper flakes into the bowl, and gently toss to thoroughly mix the salad and coat with dressing. Chill at least 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

258 Calories
7g Fat
42g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 258
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 1315mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 25mg 124%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 241mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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