Spicy Soba Noodle Salad with Thai-Style Peanut Dressing
This is Sarah Simmons’s completely inauthentic take on Chinese peanut noodles. Made with soba noodles and Thai pantry staples (red curry paste, coconut milk, chile and cilantro), it’s lighter, brighter and spicier than the original.
Thai Seafood Noodle Salad
The classic flavors of Thai cuisine—sweet, salty, spicy, sour—can all be found in the dressing on this salad, a delicious tangle of chewy rice noodles, shrimp, squid and peanuts.
Soba Noodles with Miso-Roasted Tomatoes
Roasting cherry tomatoes in a mix of miso, ginger, sesame, lime juice and honey creates a tangy, bright sauce for soba noodles; try adding shrimp for an even more substantial dish.
Cold Soba Salad with Dried Shiitake Dressing
This sweet and savory Japanese-style cold noodle salad is an easy dish to serve to a crowd, since it’s delicious chilled or at room temperature. Use preshredded carrots in place of julienned to make it even more quickly.
Whole-Wheat Pasta with Tofu and Cucumber
An updated pasta salad—whole-wheat spaghetti served at room temperature with sautéed tofu, cucumbers, scallions, and an Asian dressing—makes a delicious warm-weather meal, reminiscent of Japanese soba-noodle dishes.
Peanut Noodle Salad with Cucumber and Roast Pork
Tossed with a tangy peanut dressing, this cold noodle salad with pork tenderloin is hearty but still refreshing.
Soba Noodle Salad with Pesto and Grilled Eggplant
“Buckwheat and basil actually work really well together,” Bill Kim says about this unlikely match-up of Japanese and Mediterranean flavors. This chunky salad has a great mix of textures, too: velvety grilled eggplant, crunchy radishes and juicy cucumbers.
Rice-Noodle Salad with Chicken and Herbs
Bubbly drinks in all their forms, from sparkling wine to fizzy ginger beer, inspire an effervescent bubble party. Pair them with a cool Vietnamese-style noodle salad tossed in a bright (and fat-free) citrus dressing.
Rice Noodle Salad with Chicken
This refreshing salad combines the flavors of mint, orange, lemon, and cucumber. Tuna, hot from the pan, is cut into chunks and tossed with the room-temperature pasta salad.
Spicy Lobster-Noodle Salad
This cellophane-noodle salad, with creamy avocados, crunchy peanuts and a chile-honey dressing, is an excellent showcase for Caribbean spiny lobsters. Also known as rock lobsters, they are sweet but can be slightly dense. This recipe uses Maine lobsters; they're more tender than spiny lobsters—and just as delicious.
Crispy Shrimp with Noodle and Bean Sprout Salad
"Lime, mint, peanuts, panko, noodles, shrimp—lots of textures collide in this dish, screaming for a white wine with some acidity," says restaurateur Peter Kasperski.
Thai-style Beef Salad over Angel-Hair Pasta
Laab—ground beef seasoned with chiles, lime juice, fish sauce, and mint—is a traditional Thai meat salad eaten warm or at room temperature. We've added thin noodles to turn it into a pasta salad, but you can always eat the meat mixture by itself; just cut down on the fish sauce, or the beef may be too salty.
Lemongrass-Barbecued Pork with Rice-Vermicelli Salad
Mai My Lin prepares an aromatic and pungent marinade for grilled pork with two quintessential Vietnamese ingredients—lemongrass and fish sauce. The real surprise here is Mai’s zesty Carrot and Daikon Pickles, which are amazing with the smoky grilled meat.