Noodle Bowls


Such a light, crisp salad... especially on summer evenings! Everyone loves these noodle bowls and makes it a point to join us for dinner if they know they're being served. Increase or omit ingredients to suit your palate.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 1 (8 ounce) package dried cellophane (glass) noodles

  • 1 cup peanuts

  • 1 head heart of romaine lettuce, shredded

  • 1 cucumber, cut into matchsticks

  • 2 carrots, cut into matchsticks

  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts

  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped

  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, slivered

  • ½ cup chopped green onions

  • ½ cup soy sauce, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon wasabi paste, or to taste


  1. Place noodles in a large bowl and cover with very hot water. Let stand until softened, about 15 minutes. Drain and chop into shorter lengths.

  2. Grind peanuts into a coarse, chunky meal using a food processor or mortar and pestle.

  3. Combine noodles, peanuts, lettuce, cucumber, carrots, bean sprouts, cilantro, mint, and green onions in a large bowl. Serve soy sauce and wasabi paste alongside.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute 1 sweet potato for the carrots if desired.

You can also serve the ingredients in separate bowls and let each person assemble his or her own noodle bowl.

Though this is a traditional Vietnamese dish, I find it extremely difficult to get my hands on a good fish sauce. I've learned that, in a pinch, the soy and wasabi dressing is so much easier to keep on hand, and everyone loves it! I highly recommend each person combine the soy sauce and wasabi individually (sushi-style), as everyone has his/her own version of what proportion of wasabi they enjoy and can tolerate.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

483 Calories
19g Fat
70g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 483
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Sodium 1874mg 81%
Total Carbohydrate 70g 25%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 37mg 184%
Calcium 106mg 8%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 850mg 18%

* 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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