Recipe: The Easiest Cold Sesame Noodles

by Jillian Leslie on

This cold sesame appetizer is our go-to recipe for any potluck that we’re invited to. What’s great about it, is it’s simple to make, and can sit out for a while at a party and the flavors just keep getting better.  It got a great earthy flavor from the soba and sesame seeds, with a little bit of heat to make it interesting.


  • 8 oz. whole-wheat capellini or soba noodles — once cooked, add a touch of sesame oil to keep noodles from sticking
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil
  • 2 teaspoons lighted toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon lime juice
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 of  red bell pepper, diced


In a bowl, mix soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, chili oil, sesame seeds (leave a little left over for garnish), lime juice, and garlic.

Toss in cooked noodles, 2/3 of the cilantro, and 2/3 of the red bell pepper. Refrigerate. Right before serving, garnish with the remaining cilantro, red bell pepper, and sesame seeds.

Voila! Delicious!!


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    Elaine wrote:

    Wow! I can't believe how easy this is. I made this for/with my kids and they loved it. I have leftovers, so we will be putting this in the lunch box.