This easy Asian noodle salad recipe is ramen noodles and colorful veggies all tossed in a sesame hoisin dressing. The perfect side dish for any summer celebration!

I could eat a salad every day all summer long, some of my favorites include pesto pasta salad and chickpea salad. This easy noodle salad is full of fresh flavors and is always a crowd pleaser.

Asian noodle salad with ramen noodles, edamame, bell peppers and carrots in a sesame dressing.

I am all about the salads this summer, and the more colorful, the better! This Asian noodle salad is chock full of a variety of rainbow vegetables which are combined with ramen noodles and coated in the most amazing hoisin dressing for the ultimate salad. Serve your salad with other warm weather favorites such as huli huli chicken, grilled beef bulgogi or classic succotash.

Asian Noodle Salad Ingredients

To make this recipe, you will need ramen noodles, purple cabbage, carrots, bell peppers, edamame, sesame seeds, green onions, cilantro and peanuts. The dressing consists of hoisin sauce, toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, honey, soy sauce, ginger, salt and black pepper.

How Do You Make Asian Noodle Salad?

Start by cooking the ramen noodles in a large pot. While the noodles are cooking, whisk together all the salad dressing ingredients. Drain the noodles. Run cold water over the noodles, then place them in a large bowl along with the vegetables and herbs. Pour the dressing over the noodle mixture, then toss gently to coat. Add a topping of sesame seeds and peanuts, then serve and enjoy.

A bowl of Asian noodle salad with colorful vegetables.

Tips For The Perfect Dish

  • No ramen noodles on hand? Try a different kind of Asian style noodle such as yakitori or lo mein noodles. Rice noodles or soba noodles will also work. Be sure to check your local Asian market for a wide variety of both fresh and dried noodles. Spaghetti can also be used in a pinch.
  • Edamame can be found in the freezer section of most grocery stores. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight, or dunk them in boiling water.
  • I use a mandoline to shave my carrots and cabbage into thin pieces.
  • This salad will stay fresh in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Be aware that the noodles will continue to absorb the dressing as the salad sits in the fridge.

Quick Tip

The peanuts add great texture and flavor to the salad. If you have a peanut allergy, you can use cashews or almonds, or simply omit the nuts altogether.

A mixture of ramen noodles, carrots, edamame, cabbage and peppers in a serving bowl.

Recipe FAQs

What is noodle salad?

Noodle salad consists of cooked noodles and vegetables that are typically tossed in an oil based dressing. This type of salad can also contain other ingredients such as fresh herbs and chicken.

Are ramen noodles healthy to eat?

Ramen noodles are typically not a great choice for a healthy diet as they do contain fat, and are often prepared with seasoning packets that are full of sodium. Pairing ramen noodles with vegetables and a lighter dressing in salad form helps to make them a better choice.


Chopsticks picking up noodles in a vegetable salad.

Flavor Variations

While this dish is fabulous as-is, you can easily add other ingredients to customize the flavors to your tastes.

  • Protein: Make your side dish into a main course by adding shredded chicken, cooked shrimp, or diced tofu.
  • Grains: This salad can also be made with rice instead of noodles.
  • Vegetables: You can use other veggies such as baby spinach, bean sprouts, avocado, cucumber or corn. I also sometimes add some canned mandarin oranges.
  • Toppings: Feel free to finish your salad with other garnishes such as a drizzle of sriracha, crispy wonton strips or furikake seasoning.
  • Dressing: You can add more zest to the dressing with fresh garlic, lime juice or even creamy peanut butter.

I love that this Asian noodle salad is packed full of flavor, yet can be put together in no time and is always the hit of any party. You can’t go wrong with this salad and your guests will most definitely be asking for the recipe!

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Asian Noodle Salad

AuthorSara Welch
This easy Asian noodle salad recipe is ramen noodles and colorful veggies all tossed in a sesame hoisin dressing. The perfect side dish for any summer celebration!
This easy Asian noodle salad recipe is ramen noodles and colorful veggies all tossed in a sesame hoisin dressing. The perfect side dish for any summer celebration!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time3 minutes
Total Time18 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Asian
Serves 8


  • 4 3-ounce packages dried ramen noodles (seasoning packs discarded)
  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 cup edamame
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts

For the dressing:

  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the ramen noodles according to package instructions.
  • While ramen noodles are cooking, in a small bowl whisk together the hoisin sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, honey, soy sauce, ginger and salt and pepper. Set dressing aside.
  • Run cold water over the noodles to cool them to room temperature, and transfer them to a large bowl. Add the cabbage, carrot, bell peppers, edamame, green onions and cilantro to the bowl.
  • Pour the dressing over the noodle mixture and toss to coat evenly. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and peanuts and serve.


  1. Leftovers will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  2. No ramen noodles on hand? You can use a different type of Asian noodle such as lo mein noodles, yakisoba or even spaghetti in a pinch.


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 1058mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 495IU | Vitamin C: 47.6mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2.9mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I made a double recipe of this Asian Noodle Salad for our family. It was so delicious!! I hadn’t used hoisin sauce previously and was a bit apprehensive whether I’d like it, however it earned rave reviews and is a new family favorite. I did use fresh ramen noodles which I boiled for about 30 secs. This gave it a really nice chew texture. Thank you for sharing the recipe and all your hard work posting it!! I will definitely be making this again!!

  2. 5 stars
    I love using ramen noodles as a crunchy addition to any dish, and they work so well in this noodle salad! I love the flavors, light and slightly tangy, and the crunch is so satisfying. A new favorite summer side!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this gem of a recipe. It has become a go-to favorite in my household, and I can’t wait to make it again and again. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a delicious and refreshing salad that brings the flavors of Asia right to their plate! Bravo!

  4. 5 stars
    This is one of my all-time favorite noodle salads of any kind! It is so good, and I love how healthy it is, too.

    1. You can prepare all components ahead of time but I’d wait to assemble it all until an hour or two ahead of time, otherwise the noodles will absorb all the dressing.

  5. 5 stars
    This was amazing! I cut recipe in half for my husband and I and served with Asian grilled chicken thighs. I will definitely be making this again!

  6. I made this much easier on myself by using pre-packaged coleslaw mix that has red cabbage and carrots in it. I also added 1/2 tsp. white sugar to white vinegar, since I didn’t have rice wine vinegar on hand, and cashews instead of peanuts. We thought it was very good. I would make the dressing again and again. Great stuff.

  7. 5 stars
    I just threw this together for lunch with my kiddos and it is so yummy! I added some chopped chicken breast to complete the meal and my kids and I loved it! I will definitely be making this again! Thanks!