Sesame Chicken Cucumber Noodle Salad

May/June 2011, July/August 2012

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This sesame chicken and noodle salad couldn’t be simpler to make. It’s a refreshing dish to serve on a hot summer’s night or bring it to your warm-weather potluck: just toss the salad with the dressing when you’re ready to serve. Recipe adapted from Simply Ming One-Pot Meals by Ming Tsai and Arthur Boehm (Kyle Books, 2010).

Sesame Chicken Cucumber Noodle Salad

11 Reviews for Sesame Chicken Cucumber Noodle Salad

Good Not Great

I like this but will not make it again without taking the time to figure out what it is missing. I liked the flavor of the dressing but the other ingredients are so mild in flavor that the dressing dominated instead of highlighting or enhancing the other flavors. I think there is something that could be added to give it that needed "POP". Perhaps a pop of citrus is what it needs, some some mandarin segments but I think some fresh pink grapefruit segments is what I will try when I prepare this dish again.

The richness and yummy fattiness of the peanut dressing needs the citrus or a similar acidic contrast.

Just my thoughts.

Fast, Easy, Fresh, Light but Filling

I loved this recipe but I changed it a bit. I only used 1/4 cup of rice vinegar, added about 1 rounded tablespoon of brown sugar because it was to sour for me. Used the hot pasta water to dilute the sauce, and instead of 8 ounces of pasta I used 12 ounces.


I had store bought low fat sesame ginger dressing on hand so I blended that with the chili garlic sauce and peanut butter. It came out delicious and saved a few steps. I also added shelled edamame. Will definitely make again.

Fantastic for parties and leftovers!

I've made this recipe a few times now and have loved it each and every time. I've slowly made a few changes, or additions rather, and I love how versatile the sauce is. I've added diced Chinese eggplant, some finely shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, and sometimes squash. I use whole grain noodles or quinoa noodles and it's amazing each time! I highly recommend trying it out!

Easy, filling, perfect for warm weather
Excellent for a crowd

This is fantastic and everyone at three parties raved about it. I only make and use half of the dressing and added 2 tbsp brown sugar because I thought the dressing was too acidic. I will add chopped sugar snap peas next time too.

Fresh and light: lots of vegetables

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