Asian-inspired vegan cold noodle dishes are perfect summer meals, though you can enjoy them all year round.
While you can consider cold noodle dishes salads, let’s just keep that between ourselves so that we don’t scare off the salad skeptics! You’ll find plenty of variations on the theme here, using peanut sauce and other luscious dressings.
You’ll find recipes here using regular spaghetti as well as soba, rice noodles, and even vegetable “noodles.” Many are interchangeable.
Some of the following noodle dishes have been contributed by creative cooks around the web, reprinted here by permission.
From right here on The Vegan Atlas, peanut satay soba noodles comes together quickly, and is a perfect main dish for a warm weather meal with simply prepared tofu or tempeh. It’s easy, delicious, and on the table in about 20 minutes.
From Food Meanderings: A little spicy, quick and full of veggies, this Spicy Vegan Peanut Pasta Salad is a delicious way to use up leftover spaghetti noodles. It’s fast and easy to make and is perfect for dinner, lunch boxes and potlucks!
From Food Pleasure and Health: Soba Noodle & Edamame Salad with Soy Dressing is a hearty, flavorful salad that is made under 30 minutes or less. Naturally gluten-free & vegan friendly.
From Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen: Tahini Noodles are a deliciously quick and easy meal. In this simple recipe, your favorite pasta is tossed together with vegetables and savory tahini sauce. It can be served warm or cold, and it’s terrific for either lunch or dinner.
From Hey Nutrition Lady: This cool and refreshing Vegan Rice Noodle Bowl is packed with Asian flavors. It’s totally gluten-free, and has a zippy peanut sauce to complement. You can mix and match the vegetables as you see fit, to make your noodle bowl your way, which makes this healthy recipe family-friendly and versatile as well!
From Three Olives Branch: This simple vegan Vietnamese pickled vegetable rice noodle salad is a great cold dish for BBQs! Full of banh mi flavors with carrot and daikon.
From Salt and Lavender: Rainbow noodle salad is a healthy, fun, and colorful dish that’s made entirely of vegetable noodles. A creamy avocado-lime dressing makes it extra flavorful!
Now back to our site, a roundup of cold noodle dishes wouldn’t be complete without a couple of entries for zucchini noodles. With all uncooked ingredients (unless, like me, you prefer broccoli lightly steamed), it’s a salad disguised as a luscious noodle-y dish.
And finally, Hannah Kaminsky offers an easy swap for green papaya, using more readily available zucchini noodles to re-create a favorite classic Thai-style salad.