Prep this simple and delicious Cold Asian Noodle Salad in advance and come home to a flavorful and filling meal or side dish!
Exploring Chinese Produce
I think I'm finally over my fear of strange produce at the Chinese markets by our house. When we first moved here everything was so new and foreign that I needed to at least have my food be normal. I would only buy familiar produce like lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, sweet potatoes, rice, apples, bananas, oranges, etc. As life here in China has started to calm down and feel more natural, I'm finally building up the courage to experiment with new-to-me produce.
And what do you know! I've discovered some new favorite foods. Wood ear mushrooms are now my absolute favorite mushrooms, followed closely behind by oyster mushrooms. Pomelo is a delicious and massive citrus fruit that I could eat in an entire sitting. Seaweed noodles and dried tofu are also some favorites of mine.
What is Celtuce?
Additionally, Celtuce or asparagus lettuce (woju 莴苣 or wosun 莴笋 in Chinese) has also worked its way up my favorite foods lists.
If you've never heard of Celtuce, you're in luck! Celtuce is a vibrant green, sweet and crispy vegetable that can be eaten raw, although it's often stir-fried here in China. I peeled and julienne some Celtuce to include in this Cold Chinese Noodle Salad and it adds the perfect amount of fresh, crispness to the dish. I hope you get your hands on some in the states to give this Cold Chinese Noodle Salad a try! But, if you can't find any Celtuce, still give this recipe a try. Just swap it out with more julienned carrots or daikon radish, or any other vegetables that you love. Get creative and use what's available to you!
One of the things I love most about this recipe is that it tastes better and better the longer it sits in the fridge. So if you need a recipe to meal prep for the week, this Cold Chinese Noodle Salad is an awesome option!
The dressing of soy sauce and rice vinegar just continues to soak into the noodles and veggies, giving you so much flavor in every bite!
You can easily adapt this recipe as well. Use whatever noodles you have on hand and swap out the carrot and celtuce for some of your other favorite veggies if you want.
Let me know if you give this recipe a shot! Leave a comment below or take a picture and tag #theconscientiouseater on Instagram!
More Asian / Chinese Recipes
Quick and Easy Vegan Miso Noodles
Vegan Soba Noodles (with Almond Butter!)
Baked Peanut Orange Tempeh Bites
Vegan Fish-Flavored Eggplant (鱼香茄子)
5-Ingredient Asian Slaw with Peanut Dressing
Cold Asian Noodle Salad
- 16 ounces buckwheat noodles cooked*
- 2 carrots shredded (~2 cups)
- 2 lettuce roots julienned
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- ¼ cup soy sauce or tamari
- juice of 1 small lime
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons peanuts finely chopped
- Green onion
- Red pepper flakes to taste
- Cook the noodles according to the package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water, and then dump them into a large bowl. Add in the carrots and celtuce root.
- While the noodles are cooking, whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce. Pour the sauce over top of the noodles and vegetables and toss well.
- Place the salad in the fridge to allow the flavors to meld. Serve cold with optional garnishes!
*Use Tamari instead of soy sauce if gluten free.
This salad gets better the longer it sits in the fridge. It lasts a few days!
Now this is my kind of salad, looks delicious! Thank you for joining us for Meatless Monday!
Thanks Sarah! And thanks for hosting!
Alyssa @ Renaissancerunnergirl says
Wow, celtuce looks like such a crisp veggie for salads and slaws! I am always very wary of new produce because of allergies to specific fruits (oranges + related fruits like grapefruit, mango, papaya, pineapple) but love the idea of it.
It really is Alyssa! It's so good raw. I bet it's always daunting to try new things with allergies! How do you go about doing that?!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Weird veggies are my life 😉 Celtuce is a new one!!! That sounds amazing!!! Everything with "cele-ery" is great, like celeriac!
Yes! I'm so glad to hear you appreciate random/unique vegetables Rebecca!
Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner says
I love these types of salads and make them often. I did not think of adding maple syrup great idea! Thanks for joining us for Meatless Monday today
Aren't they the best?! And I love maple syrup in dressings. Adds such a sweet richness to them! Thanks Deborah!
Jennifer @ Dashing in Style says
Yum! I love Asian salads so will definitely try this one. Thanks!
Yay! I hope you do Jennifer. We loved it and it's super easy:)