Noodle Bowl with Rainbow Veggies & Peanut Sauce


With tons of colorful vegetables, sesame rice noodles and a healthy peanut sauce, this noodle bowl is a hit with adults and kids alike. Assemble the bowls before serving or let everyone make their own. Serve with Sriracha hot sauce, if desired.

Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


Noodle Bowl

  • 4 ounces bean thread noodles (see Tip) or thin rice noodles

  • 1 tablespoon toasted (dark) sesame oil

  • 24 asparagus spears, trimmed

  • 2 cups shredded green or napa cabbage

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar

  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrot

  • 1 cup thinly sliced beets

  • 1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper

  • 1 cup thinly sliced yellow bell pepper

Peanut Sauce

  • ½ cup smooth natural peanut butter

  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper (Optional)


  1. To prepare noodle bowl: Prepare noodles according to package directions. Rinse well with cold water. Toss with sesame oil.

  2. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large pot. Place a medium bowl of ice water next to the stove. Cook asparagus in the boiling water for 30 seconds, then transfer to the ice water. Drain well, pat dry and cut into 2-inch pieces.

  3. Combine cabbage, basil, mint and rice vinegar in a medium bowl.

  4. Divide the noodles among 4 bowls. Top each bowl with 1/2 cup of the cabbage mixture, some asparagus, carrot, beet and red and yellow bell pepper.

  5. To prepare sauce: Whisk peanut butter, tamari (or soy sauce), water, rice vinegar, maple syrup, garlic and crushed red pepper (if using) in a small bowl until smooth. Drizzle 1/4 cup sauce over each bowl.

    plate full of fresh veggies


To make ahead: Refrigerate sauce for up to 2 days.

Tips: Bean Thread Noodles: Look for bean thread noodles, sometimes labeled vermicelli, mung bean or cellophane noodles, in the Asian section of large supermarkets or at an Asian market.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

434 Calories
20g Fat
51g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 cup noodles, 2 cups vegetables & 1/4 cup peanut sauce each
Calories 434
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 13g
Added Sugars 4g 8%
Protein 12g 24%
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Vitamin A 7005IU 140%
Vitamin C 102mg 114%
Folate 214mcg 53%
Sodium 714mg 31%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 3mg 15%
Magnesium 43mg 10%
Potassium 626mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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