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Same Song and Dance


It’s that time of year again; the time when it’s become difficult to fathom turning on the oven, despite the abundance of fruits and veggies at their prime. Every blogger in the northern hemisphere has already put in their two cents about the oppressive heat and humidity, so I’ll just keep this brief and remind you that damn, it is hot out.

Already a bit drained from baking and writing marathons, trying to make ends meet so that my next cookbook comes together in a timely manner, it’s a challenge to turn out decent meals on a regular basis. Sure, cake makes a great breakfast, and some times even lunch and snack, but really, one can not live by cake [or ice cream, or pie, or cookies] alone. So in a time of need, here’s one of my rare savory dishes that helps me through times of heat and time constraints, that even my parents enjoy.

Indeed, the ubiquitous cold noodle salad, and one very similar to many others out there no doubt. But you know what? I don’t care. Not to say that those others aren’t just as good, but I prefer to do things my way, thank you very much! The main difference with mine is that I actually use sesame paste instead of peanut butter, because it never made much sense to call them such otherwise. This recipe is very versatile of course, so it would be a breeze to invent your own creation with this as a jumping off point- Go crazy with veggies, use whatever you like or have in the house, or throw in some chunks of baked tofu, or perhaps some shelled edamame as well! A tasty and easy meal no matter how you do it, this is one that’s good to have on hand all summer long.

Cold Sesame Noodles

7 – 8 Ounces Soba Noodles or Spaghetti

1/3 Cup Tahini
3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
1/4 Cup Water
1 Garlic Clove
1/2 Inch Fresh Ginger Root
1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar
1/2 – 1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
1 Carrot
1 Zucchini

2 Tablespoons Toasted Sesame Seeds
2 Tablespoons Chopped Chives

Cook the noodles as you normally would, drain, and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the tahini, soy sauce, vinegar, and water. Finely mince the garlic and ginger before stirring them in as well, along with the sugar and pepper. Dump the noodles into the bowl and toss them so that they’re all thoroughly coated with sauce. Peel your carrot and julienne it, along with the zucchini, before tossing them into the bowl and mixing again. Cover with plastic wrap and throw the whole thing into your refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. It will last 2 or 3 days, but the sauce will become thicker/dryer as it grows older, so you may want to stir in extra water if that’s the case.

When you’re ready to eat, just sprinkle sesame seeds and fresh chives over the top. Done!

Makes 4 Servings

Printable Recipe

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

45 thoughts on “Same Song and Dance

  1. Yum – now I want cold noodle salad… and I have all the ingredients already, too. AND, my oven just died, so this would be perfect!

  2. Hannah, I will be making this dish probably tomorrow… the heat is out of control! Plus, I have so much tahini in my pantry and am slowly approaching the limit as to how much hummus and baba ganoush I’ll actually eat : )
    I bet my abundance of broccoli would go superb with this dish, too!

  3. This plate of cold noodle salad looks so appetizing. I like the idea of adding sesame paste instead of peanut butter.

  4. oh yum your version of cold sesame noodles sound really good … I’m tempted to make this for lunch, even though it’s so darn cold out there (I’m in the southern hemisphere by the way)

  5. Thanks for fueling my current cold-noodle obsession. I’m excited to try it for myself with some homegrown veggies!

  6. Tahini is a sure a neat trick. There is nothing called as *the right recipe. Everyone has the right to make their own. cooking is supposed to be fun, right?

  7. I hear you on the heat! I am refusing to turn on my oven. But this cold noodle salad sounds perfect for me. I can’t wait to try this out!

  8. Oh man that looks good. It’s not very hot over here in England for once (and rain on it’s way, as usual) but I think this is definately going to have to be made!

  9. Nice twist on the “sesame” salad! I think this, too, would be great for breakfast :)

  10. I keep on reading how it is but it’s not hot in my part of the Northern Hemisphere :(
    The salad looks delicious and refreshing! I’ve used tahini instead of peanut butter in Indonesian cooking (because a friend is allergic) and I think it works remarkably well, it sort of still tastes peanutty.

  11. Cold noodle dishes are fabulous for these hot summer months, for sure.

  12. I’m with you – I always use tahini rather than peanut butter – unless I’m making a peanut sauce of course!

  13. This looks delicious! It would serve me well to be eating more cold foods right now.

  14. Those pictures are beautiful! I’ve never used tahini to dress noodles, but I’ve got a jar on hand so maybe I’ll give it a shot (it’s supposed to be 93 on Friday, so that seems like a good day for a cold salad!). Great recipe – thanks!

  15. Cold noodle salad sounds perfect right now! I can’t wait to try your recipe with tahini.

  16. OH YUM ! I’ve bookmarked these so I can make them once I can bite again. Mmm…

  17. That looks so good!! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  18. You just gave me my dinner recipe! I am by myself with an old dog and a brand new pup and I need easy-good in between all his potty breaks!
    Looks delicious! Your trip to Portland sounded great, you are a doll, never let anyone make you feel otherwise!

  19. Perfect for a Hot day! And it is HOT!

  20. Ooo another cookbook?? Exciting. :) Can’t wait to see what it is. These noodles look delicious. I love cold noodles though I haven’t tried them with sesame sauce (only peanut sauce).

  21. Oh Yum! I could eat this on a hot or cold day! Great looking recipe! I’m going to have to get some tahini … love the stuff!

  22. It is darn hot out!!! I cringe having to turn the oven on. I love cold noodles…my husband not so much. Boo on him.

  23. Welcome to Bahrain where the summer temperature through out our 5 months of Summer (May – September) hovers around 125 degrees F with 99% humidity. I think that calls for a cold noodle dish! Thanks for this recipe, it looks fabulous.

  24. Gorgeous-looking sesame noodles! Bookmarking this one: been looking for a recipe for cold sesame noodles.

  25. What’s this? Another cookbook? Yay!!

    Those sesame noodles are going to be made this weekend. They look perfect for the “girls weekend” at the lake. I’m feeding one vegetarian and two vegans. I think this will go over quite nicely! I love your use of tahini instead of peanut butter and I can use chives from my garden! Thanks Hannah!

  26. YES! I basically live on soba, especially in the summer.

  27. this looks so beautiful & delicious! oh my goodness, holy batman – it’s awesome!

    i never would have thought to use tahini in anything but hummus. i’m going to have to try your noodle salad because it just looks amazing! thank you for the rock’n recipe!


  28. That looks simple and tasty! I like doing cold soba noodle dishes like this.

  29. Did I hear “next cookbook”? Oh my gosh I’m so ready for it!

    And yes, cold soba noodles sound like just the thing to eat during these times of soaring temps…

  30. This looks the kind of thing I would make – perfect for taking to work in a lunchbox for those long days in the office.

  31. I made this recipe the other day and love it – thank you so much

  32. This is the perfect dish for summer. I am always on the lookout for recipes that use tahini, I love it!

  33. mmm i have all the ingredients. credit to you for my lunch tomorrow!

  34. I always love cold noodle dishes!

  35. Your savory food looks just as delicious as the sweet! Strangely, I also have a ton of tahini sitting around and will definitely be making this in the near future.

  36. That looks soooo good! Perfectly refreshing for summer, as well! :)

    ~Erin @ “Vegan & the City”

  37. Yummy!!! They look delicious and I’m getting hungry… I should better go home ;)

  38. I love cold peanut or sesame noodles, it’s such a great lunch box meal during the week!

  39. I just wanted to say that I made this yesterday, and it was SOOOOO motherf-ing good. I’ll be posting about it this week. Stay tuned. And thanks for sharing. And also for rocking.

  40. Tasty and healthy too! Congratulations Hannah for a great book! Gary :)

  41. This was awesome, thank you so much for sharing it!

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  43. These noodles taste really great with some sweet chili sauce.

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