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Use Your Noodle Salad Recipe

Use Your Noodle Salad Recipe

A light citrus-sesame dressing lends a refreshing flavor to this colorful pasta-and-veggie combination. To turn your salad into a main course, simply add some cooked shrimp, chicken, or pork.


  • 1/2 pound vermicelli or thin spaghetti, broken in half
  • 1 1/2 cups snow peas, snapped in half
  • 1 small yellow summer squash, cut into thin bite-size strips
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup shredded bok choy or savoy cabbage
  • Orange sections to garnish
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons white wine vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions and drain it. Immediately rinse the pasta under cold running water and drain it again.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the pasta, snow peas, summer squash, carrots, and bok choy.
  3. To make the dressing, combine the orange juice, honey, vinegar, sesame oil, and salt in a small bowl and vigorously whisk the mixture. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking all the while.
  4. Pour enough dressing over the pasta and vegetables to coat them lightly, then toss them again. Just before serving, top the salad with orange sections and a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds. Serves 6 to 8.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving (1 cup):

Calories 263

Protein 6g (12% DV)

Carbohydrates 36g (12% DV)

Total Fat 11g (17% DV)

Saturated Fat 1g (7% DV)

Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV)

Sodium 281mg (12% DV)

Vitamin A (98% DV)

Vitamin C (41% DV)

Percent daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.