Spicy Rice Noodle Salad


The first time I had a spicy, cold rice noodle salad, it wasn't the bold flavors that caught me by surprise, but the strange and addictive texture.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (6.75 ounce) package thin rice noodles

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • cup seasoned rice vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Asian chili paste (sambal), or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 4 green onions, chopped

  • 1 cup carrots, cut into thin matchsticks

  • ½ cup chopped fresh herbs (basil, mint, and cilantro)

  • ½ cup chopped peanuts

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 6 grilled boneless, skinless chicken thighs (Optional)

  • ¼ cup Fresno chile peppers, cut into rings (Optional)


  1. Place noodles in a large bowl and cover with hot water. Stir and allow to soak until softened, about 15 minutes. Drain and rinse thoroughly.

  2. Combine garlic, rice vinegar, fish sauce, chile paste, brown sugar and salt in a bowl. Stir in green onions, carrots, basil, mint, and cilantro. Toss in rice noodles, peanuts, and sesame oil. Allow to sit for 30 minutes to absorb flavors. Garnish with additional green onions and peanuts. If using, top with grilled chicken and Fresno chiles.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

278 Calories
13g Fat
29g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 278
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 727mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 20mg 100%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 313mg 7%

* 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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