Dinner/Mains

April 25, 2022

Hoisin Vinaigrette Cold Noodle Salad

This Hoisin Vinaigrette Cold Noodle Salad is the perfect warm-weather meal prep option for weekday lunches. Packed with fresh veggies, plus edamame for protein, it’s a nutritious and delicious make-ahead lunch.

Hearty cold salads like this are a reliable make-ahead fridge staple for me during warm weather. And now that I’m back to working full-time, I love having lunches prepped for the week, whether I’m packing them up to take to the office or I’m working from home. This salad packs in lots of fresh veggies, protein from edamame, and carbohydrates for satisfaction. Smothered in tangy-sweet Hoisin Vinaigrette, this salad is both refreshing and satiating. 

And every time I make anything with edamame, I get to reflect on memories of my grandma and have a little giggle. Sometime in the last few years she was with us, we introduced her to edamame. Probably alongside one of our blow-out family sushi parties, which are a whole other story. At any rate, she was hooked after she tried edamame for the first time, but she could never remember what it was called. From then on, we had to have “Eddie’s mommy” with our sushi, and we still enjoy “Eddie’s mommy” today. 

So, make this Hoisin Vinaigrette Cold Noodle Salad for lunches this week, and have yourself a laugh thinking about a sweet old lady asking for “Eddie’s mommy!” 


Ingredients assembled for Hoisin Vinaigrette Cold Noodle Salad
Assemble your ingredients.

Stages of assembling Hoisin Vinaigrette Cold Noodle Salad
Cook the spaghetti noodles according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking, prep the veggies and whisk together the Hoisin Vinaigrette. Drain the cooked pasta and rinse with cold water to chill. Toss everything together in a large bowl until evenly coated in the dressing.

Hoisin Vinaigrette Cold Noodle Salad served in a white bowl garnished with chives
Serve at room temperature right away, or refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Hoisin Vinaigrette Cold Noodle Salad in a large white bowl  with wooden salad servers next to it
Hoisin Vinaigrette Cold Noodle Salad is the perfect make-ahead lunch for warm weather!

Hoisin Vinaigrette Cold Noodle Salad

This Hoisin Vinaigrette Cold Noodle Salad is the perfect warm-weather meal prep option for weekday lunches. Packed with fresh veggies, plus edamame for protein, it’s a nutritious and delicious make-ahead lunch.

Author:

Kira Freed - The Joyful Plateful

Prep:

15

min

cook:

10

min

total:

25

min

Ingredients

For the salad:

1 pound spaghetti pasta noodles

16 oz. frozen, shelled edamame

1 English cucumber

1 large red bell pepper

1 generous cup shredded carrots

1/2 cup each chopped cilantro and green onions


For the vinaigrette:

1/3 cup prepared hoisin sauce

1/3 cup avocado oil

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1 Tbsp. sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Start by cooking the spaghetti according to package directions. In the last minute of cooking, add the frozen, shelled edamame. Drain the pasta and edamame, and run under cold water to stop the cooking and help cool the pasta. Set mixture aside. 
  2. While the pasta is cooking, mix up the vinaigrette. Combine all the vinaigrette ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk together, or combine in a pint-sized mason jar and shake vigorously to combine. Set aside. 
  3. Prep the vegetables for the salad. Slice the cucumber into thin half moons. Remove the stem and seeds from the bell pepper, and slice into matchsticks. Use pre-shredded carrots or grate your own on a box grater. Chop cilantro and green onions. 
  4. In a large bowl, add cooled pasta and edamame, and prepped vegetables. Pour all the vinaigrette over the mixture, and toss everything together until evenly coated. 
  5. Serve immediately at room temperature, or store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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May 24, 2022
Elizabeth
I don't normally comment on recipes but this has got to be the best thing I've ever made. It came together pretty easy and made five meals - perfect for meal prep for the week. I already can't wait to make it again.
January 22, 2022
Sherry Ruiter
I love this section!!!!!