Monday, January 14, 2013

Cold Udon Noodle Salad with Tahini-Wasabi Dressing

Cold Udon Noodle Salad with Tahini-Wasabi Dressing

While most of society is still living on lettuce salads, I have turned to pasta.  I can’t do without carbs, people.  Carbs comfort me and with many things in my world changing right now, I am in need of comfort.  So I figured I could add some fresh veggies to an udon noodle salad and still be OK, right?  Just say yes.

I discovered wasabi powder when we were in Colorado in the fall and realized last weekend that I hadn’t opened it.  But really, what do you do with wasabi besides mix it with soy sauce when you eat sushi?  I grabbed some tahini and just started mixing some of my favorite flavors and ingredients: carrots, peppers, cilantro, sesame seeds, ginger, soy sauce, honey, garlic.  I put some udon noodles on to boil and a quick, simple cold udon noodle salad was in the works.

I love quick salads for any day of the week and this one was definitely unique – nutty from the tahini, spicy from the wasabi, sweet from the honey and full of different textures.  Comfort in a bowl, if you ask me.

Cold Udon Noodle Salad with Tahini-Wasabi Dressing

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Cold Udon Noodle Salad with Tahini-Wasabi Dressing Recipe

Yield: serves 1 as a main dish; 2 as a side dish

Total Time: 25 minutes

Homemade tahini-wasabi dressing covers a cold udon noodle salad with bell peppers, green onions, carrots and sesame seeds.

Ingredients:

for the salad:
2 ounces wheat udon noodles
1 carrot, cut into ribbons (see note)
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. sesame seeds

for the dressing:
2 Tbs. tahini
1 Tbs. water
1 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp. wasabi paste
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
1 tsp. rice vinegar
1 tsp. sesame seeds
1/8-in. piece fresh ginger, grated
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook the udon noodles according to package directions. When finished, rinse with cold water.

While the noodles cook, combine the carrot, green onion, red pepper, cilantro and sesame seeds in a medium bowl, mix to combine, and set aside.
In a small bowl, mix the tahini, water, soy sauce, wasabi paste, honey, sesame oil, rice veinegar, sesame seeds, ginger, and garlic until combined. Add salt & pepper to taste.

Add the cooked & rinsed udon noodles to the bowl with the vegetables and mix well. Pour the dressing onto the noodles & veggies and mix using two forks until the dressing is disbursed throughout. Garnish with additional sesame seeds. Serve immediately, or refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes, or up to one day.

Cassie’s Notes:
To make carrot ribbons: use a vegetable peeler to remove the outer skin of the carrot. Lay the carrot flat on a cutting board and run the vegetable peeler along the full length of the carrot, creating thin ribbons. Cut wide ribbons in half.

Cold Udon Noodle Salad with Tahini-Wasabi Dressing

 

51 Responses to “Cold Udon Noodle Salad with Tahini-Wasabi Dressing”

  1. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — January 14, 2013 @ 6:53 am

    I have never seen wasabi powder before. I will have to look for it. This looks amazing!

  2. #
    leslie — January 14, 2013 @ 7:24 am

    I cant do without carbs either!!!!! Love this

  3. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 14, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    Ummm…did you really combine my two favorite things on earth – tahini and wasabi?? I bow down.

  4. #
    Robyn | Add a Pinch — January 14, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    I can just imagine how flavorful this is.

  5. #
    Kim | At Home With Kim — January 14, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    Cassie, I know things must feel a bit crazy for you right now!!! Hang in there. But this? YUM! My man hates pasta. I know right? BUT he LOVES these flavors and I’m thinking I could make him a convert with this!! :)

  6. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 14, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    Boy is that ever gorgeous! And such BIG flavor.

  7. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 14, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    I know this is weirdly specific, but I LOVE cold udon noodle salads! I make one with peanut butter dressing all. the. time. that I can’t get enough of, though I’ll have to switch it up with this one soon. Definitely the perfect thing to make when you need comfort. :)

  8. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — January 14, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    I love udon noodles! Big and fat and perfect for salads!

  9. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 14, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    I love cold pasta dishes, and for some reason never feel as full as when I eat hot pasta meals…weird?

  10. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — January 14, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    Hmmmmmmm-mmmmmm!

  11. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 14, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    Oh yes!! I’ve never used udon noodles before. And that dressing looks awesome!

  12. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 14, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    Totally making this for lunch! Looks so healthy and delicious, Cassie!

  13. #
    Tracey — January 14, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    You’re not alone – we’ve totally moved onto pasta here too! It’s winter, comfort food is required :) This looks fantastic!

  14. #
    Angie — January 14, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    This looks so good, can’t wait to try the recipe!

  15. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — January 14, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    i was JUST saying this weekend how I need a good cold noodle salad recipe. Cassie! the tahini wasabi dressing has my name written all over it and i actually have many of these ingredients in my kitchen right now! Just need the noodles and wasabi. :) Love this recipe cassie, perfect timing!

  16. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — January 14, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    I totally wish that I had this packed for lunch right now! It looks delightful. Also, CARBS FOREVER!
    Best wishes with all of your changes. Thinking of you!

  17. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — January 14, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    I heart carbs. And spicy food. And noodle salads! Is there anything better?! My boyfriend and I are addicted to wasabi and why I’ve never purchased wasabi powder is beyond me. I’m SO making this!

  18. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — January 14, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    this looks delicious! I love the strips of carrot you’ve added!

  19. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 14, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    I’m a carb lover too, love the flavors in this salad!

  20. #
    Shea Goldstein — January 14, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

    This looks divine!! I love wasabi! Thanks for sharing :)

  21. #
    Sandy @ RE — January 14, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    Oh, Cassie, this sounds soooo good!

  22. #
    Joanne — January 14, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    I could never give up my pasta salads either and I love how healthy delicious this is! the dressing sounds AMAZE-full. Love that mix of sweet and spicy.

  23. #
    Kathryn — January 14, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    Such a great and flavourful salad, I love it!

  24. #
    a farmer in the dell — January 14, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    As a fellow carb lover I am sold! This looks delicious. That tahini wasabi dressing? Yep, that did it for me. I am making this tonight!

  25. #
    dixya @ food, pleasure, and health — January 14, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

    this is a heaven in bowl- i love carb carb and carb. never thought about tahini and wasabi dressing together but i love your recipes so going to certainly trust you and try it soon. Have to look for wasabi powder though.

  26. #
    Amanda — January 14, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    You are such an adventurous cook! I love that nothing holds you back… you will try it all! Not lets get together and you cook for me ok? ;)

  27. #
    Amber (Sprinkled With Flour) — January 14, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

    I’m with you, I have to have my carbs! This looks like a great way to get them too. I love tahini, but I’ve never cooked with wasabi powder before. I bet it tastes amazing though!

  28. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 14, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    i love cold sesame noodles!! the sauce you added to them looks and sounds so good! jason would be in heaven cause he loves wasabi

  29. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — January 14, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

    I can’t live without carbs either. This looks fabulous and now I’ll be on the hunt for wasabi powder.

  30. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 14, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

    I have never tried anything like this, it sounds amazing!

  31. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — January 14, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

    I love my carbs, I don’t even bother trying to give them up. Great quick meal!

  32. #
    Shaina — January 15, 2013 @ 4:38 am

    Mmmm I love Tahini…this sounds good and so different than you’re normal asian noodles. Great idea!

  33. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 15, 2013 @ 5:45 am

    I’m not going to lie, this one is a little out of my comfort zone, but you made it sound so good!

  34. #
    ashley - baker by nature — January 15, 2013 @ 6:40 am

    This salad is right up my alley, Cassie! MMmmm… hope you saved me some.

  35. #
    Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama — January 15, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    This looks delicious! Love the tahini dressing. I couldn’t live without pasta either.

  36. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — January 15, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    Really bold flavors, just the way I love my pasta!

  37. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 15, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    I can’t live with out carbs either! This looks crazy good and that dressing… good lord!

  38. #
    Jess @ OnSugarMountain — January 15, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    Carbs are love, my friend, so I shall not judge you for putting them in salad. Especially this salad. Because it looks so freaking good I may or may not have just tried to lick the screen.

  39. #
    Jackie @ Domestic FIts — January 15, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    Tahini and Wasabi is just pure brilliance.

  40. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — January 15, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    I will never live without carbs, pasta and bread are a staple in this house! Love this, the dressing sounds incredible!

  41. #
    Laura — January 15, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    I love udon noodles – what a great lunch this would be!

  42. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — January 15, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    That dressing sounds amazing & is right up my alley!

  43. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 15, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    I’m a total carb person too! And this salad looks amazing! You’ve combined all of my favorite ingredients into one gorgeous dish!

  44. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — January 15, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

    Oooooooo…this sounds awesome, Cassie!

  45. #
    Shaina — January 15, 2013 @ 11:04 pm

    That sauce just looks fabulous.

  46. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — January 17, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

    Love wasabi — need to make this ASAP!

  47. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — January 18, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

    I am totally a carb lover too, but tahini comes a close second. :)

  48. #
    Uda — April 30, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    Just made this for lunch. It’s powerful in flavor and that flavor is delicious!!!

  49. #
    Melly — July 9, 2014 @ 10:28 am

    I made this for lunch the other day using regular pasta. (I think I also added radishes.) This recipe is da bomb! Wow. One of my favourites! So delicious. Thanks so much for posting it!

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