Asian-Style Cold Noodle Dishes

Sesame Soba Noodles with Collard Greens and Tempeh Croutons

Sesame soba noodles with collard greens recipe

I’m a complete noodle fanatic, but a bowl of pasta with tomato sauce doesn’t quite do the trick for me. For me, an ideal noodle dish is one in which veggies have at least equal billing. This Asian-flavored dish of soba noodles and calcium-rich collard greens is flavored with a triple dose of sesame (another great source of calcium): tahini, seeds, and oil. Another bonus — soba noodles made purely of buckwheat are gluten free. If that’s not of concern to you, other long noodles — udon or even whole wheat spaghetti — can be substituted. Recipe by Nava Atlas, from Living the Farm Sanctuary Life* by Gene Baur with Gene Stone, © 2015 by Gene Baur. Photographs © 2015 by Rodale Inc. Reprinted by Permission of Rodale Books. more→


Sesame Noodles with Asparagus Tips

bunch of asparagus

Whenever people ask what they can make a lot of easily and ahead of time for a party, this is what I suggest. It’s endlessly versatile-you can vary the vegetable to go with the season, using, for example, snow peas, roasted peppers, grilled eggplant, carrot, mung bean sprouts, and fresh or dried shiitake mushrooms. Reprinted with permission from The New Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone by Deborah Madison,copyright © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC. more→


Hoisin-Flavored Cold Asian Noodles with Crisp Veggies

Hoisin-flavored Asian Noodles

Filled with crisp veggies that need only a little prep but no cooking, this is a crisp and colorful presentation for cold Asian noodles. Serve with your favorite tofu or tempeh dish for an appealing, light meal. Look for sweet and pungent hoisin sauce in the Asian foods section of supermarkets. You might find some of the recommended noodles there too, but if not, you’ll surely find them in natural foods stores and Asian markets. Serve with Sweet and Smoky Tofu or Tempeh Strips or Teriyaki Tofu Triangles. Photo by Susan Voisin.



Southeast Asian-Flavored Noodles with Tempeh Croutons

Southeast Asian-Flavored Noodles with Tempeh1

This spicy, nutty dish of noodles and vegetables dressed in peanut sauce and topped with tempeh croutons is a fusion of Indonesian and Thai-influences. It’s good served warm or at room temperature. This dish really has it all, so you can finish the meal with a simple soup or a complementary salad like Asian-Flavored Coleslaw. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→


Chili-Orange Asian Noodles with Crisp Vegetables

Chili-orange noodles recipe

This year-round noodle salad is really more about the veggies than the noodles. Flavored with a citrusy glaze, and spiked with chili oil,  it’s the perfect accompaniment to your favorite tofu or tempeh dish and can be enjoyed all year round as a room temperature noodle dish. Thanks to Boyajian for supplying the chili oil used in this recipe. more→


Cold Sesame-Ginger Soba Noodles and Greens

Simple Sesame Soba Noodles with Greens

This simple cold soba noodle dish is laced with lots of kale or collard greens and flavored with a piquant ginger dressing. For an easy meal, serve with veggie spring rolls from your natural foods store’s frozen foods section, and a platter of slices of baked tofu, tomatoes and cucumbers. Photos by Evan Atlas.  more→


Cold Soba (Buckwheat Noodles) and Cucumber Salad

Cold Soba Noodle and Cucumber Salad

This simple Asian-flavored cold noodle dish is delicious even without the parsley or cilantro sauce, though I highly recommend it. Hearty soba (buckwheat) noodles mingle with refreshing cucumber, and as an added bonus, these noodles are naturally gluten-free. That being said, you can substitute udon or any long whole-grain pasta for the soba. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→


Orange Sesame Noodles

vegan gluten free orange sesame noodles

This simple dish of Asian noodles (contributed by Allyson Kramer of Manifest Vegan — a great site featuring lots of gluten-free vegan recipes) ia a nice accompaniment to a larger dinner, or alone as a light lunch. Try them with a gingery tofu dish and a cucumber salad. Allyson is the author of the forthcoming Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats*. Photo by Allyson Kramer. more→