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Asian-inspired Noodle Salad Recipe with optional Chicken

Prep: 20 min
Total: 20 min



  • 1 1/2 cups rice noodles, cooked and cut
  • 3 cups chopped bok choy (or lettuce of choice)
  • 2 cups shredded (red) cabbage
  • 3/4 cup matchstick carrots (or grated)
  • 2 green onions, chopped and primarily green tops
  • 4 mini (Persian) cucumbers, chopped (or 1 large cucumber)
  • 1 large red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups shelled edamame


  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon rice (or white) vinegar
  • juice from 1/2 lime (or more to taste)
  • 2 oz water (or more/less for desired consistency)

Optional protein boost

  • 1lb chicken breast tenders, or breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons cracked pepper


Step 1

Add all ingredients for the salad to a bowl.

Asian-inspired Noodle Salad Recipe with Chicken Asian-inspired Noodle Salad Recipe with Chicken

Step 2

Whisk the ingredients for the sesame dressing and season to taste with tamari and lime/vinegar and adjust consistency by adding tablespoons of water.

Sesame dressing

Step 3

Bring everything together by drizzling the dressing on top of the salad and gently toss to coat.  If you’re doing this for meal prep, then keep the dressing separate so not to wilt the veggies.

If you desire to boost the protein, season the chicken breast (or protein of choice) and cook in a nonstick skillet!

chicken breast for noodle salad

Adding chicken adds 130 calories, 3g fat and 26g protein!

Asian-inspired Noodle Salad Recipe with Chicken