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Made with a delicious sesame peanut sauce, this sesame peanut noodle salad is best served cold! It’s a cooked ramen noodle salad with crunchy cabbage, peanuts, and carrots.

sesame peanut noodle salad

Since the kids started back in school in January, we haven’t had a short week yet – until now. The first half of the school year seemed to have a million short weeks, so these long weeks this year have seemed…LONG. Anyway, we have a 4 day weekend starting tomorrow and I am READY for it!

On to the salad. I made this sesame peanut noodle salad a few times last summer when it was too hot to cook, and everyone loved it. I did have to tone down the spice a bit for the kids, and leave out the green onions (picky) but other than that they thought it was great!

It’s super simple to put together, and you can even make it completely gluten free for those in your life that might prefer that. I’ll get into the changes for that down below!

sesame peanut noodle salad

How do you make this cooked ramen noodle salad?

As you might have guessed, this salad is made with cooked ramen noodles. If you’re not worried about gluten, you can use the instant ramen noodle packages and just discard the seasoning, or keep it for later if you want to make my CRUNCHY ramen noodle salad.

If you’d like to keep things gluten free, use ramen noodles made with rice! My go-to brand which you can usually get at Costco, is Lotus Foods. That’s actually what I used here for this recipe.

Prepare the rest of the ingredients by dicing up all of the veggies:

  • green cabbage
  • julienned carrots (or shredded)
  • celery

Side note: I use my y-peeler to do a quick julienne of my carrots. This is the one I use!

Whichever noodles you choose to use, cook them until al dente (still a little firm) then quickly drain the water and rinse the noodles thoroughly under cold water.

While the noodles are cooking, whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce:

  • tamari sauce
  • sesame oil
  • rice vinegar
  • natural peanut butter
  • maple syrup
  • ginger
  • garlic
  • sambal oelek (chili sauce)

Once the noodles have cooked and cooled, combine them with the veggies and the sauce.

Toss everything together until thoroughly combined, then top with diced green onions, peanuts and sesame seeds!

Serve the salad immediately or keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.

Does this sesame peanut noodle salad keep well?

Yes! This salad is great for keeping in the fridge, which makes it great for meal prep or just a make ahead dish. The flavors will continue to mingle together as the salad sits. Leave the garnishes (peanuts, green onions) until just before serving!

sesame peanut noodle salad

Is this a vegan dish?

Yes! This salad is vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. This makes it a great option if you’re looking for a tasty dish that everyone can enjoy, even with some dietary restrictions.

If you are not a big fan of peanut butter, you could also substitute it for almond butter or another nut butter, such as cashew butter.

You can also increase the spice by adding more chili sauce to the dressing. It already has quite the kick of flavor, so be sparing if you are adding more!

sesame peanut noodle salad
sesame peanut noodle salad

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sesame peanut noodle salad

Sesame Peanut Noodle Salad

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  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 23 servings 1x


Made with a delicious sesame peanut sauce, this sesame peanut noodle salad is best served cold! It’s a cooked ramen noodle salad with crunchy cabbage, peanuts, and carrots. 


  • 3 packages rice ramen noodles*
  • 2 cups finely shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • 1 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/4 cup salted, roasted peanuts
  • 2 tbsp diced green onion
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds

Sesame Peanut Dressing

  • 3 tbsp tamari sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup smooth, natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp sambal oelek (chili paste)**


  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the ramen noodles until just al dente. Drain the noodles and rinse thoroughly under cold water to avoid the noodles sticking together.
  2. While the noodles are cooking, combine the diced cabbage, julienned carrots and diced celery in a large bowl. Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients until smooth.
  3. Add the noodles to the salad bowl, then add in the dressing. Thoroughly mix everything together, then top with peanuts, green onion and sesame seeds. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 2 days, covered.

Leftover salad will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days, covered.


*If you do not want to use rice ramen noodles, you can use 3 packages of instant ramen noodles (any flavor) and discard the seasoning packets

**For a spicier sauce, add another teaspoon of sambal oelek

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: salad
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: asian
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About Katherine

Heeey! Thank you for stopping by! I like 30-minute dinners and giant peanut butter cups made with only 3 ingredients. I LOVE food! If you do too, you're in the right place.

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  1. My kinda salad! Love all the flavours and textures in this one. Totally craving a big bowl right about now!! Extra peanuts on top for me please! Happy Friday!