Sesame Noodle Salad and a Giveaway!

This week’s recipe swap was Noodles!  I was super pumped for this swap because while I love pasta, we don’t eat a lot of it at home (I know, crazy right?).  I was matched again with Simple Gourmet Cooking and her recipe for Sesame Noodle Salad did not disappoint!  I’m a huge fan of Asian flavors and this was a great addition of something different to our Memorial Day spread.  I loved being able to serve something cold on a hot summer day.

I cheated a bit and used Trader Joe’s Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix since TJ’s was out of red cabbage and I didn’t feel like making an extra stop.  I always love adding in extra veggies where I can and this was the perfect way to do so.  It was also the perfect opportunity to test out my new toy: A Salad Dressing Shaker from OXO!!

The Salad Dressing Shaker has a great design, is BPA free and dishwasher safe.  It’s airtight, waterproof and has a leak proof, one handed open/close seal.  The wide opening allowed me to add all of my ingredients directly to the “bowl” and when open, the seal allowed enough room for the chunky ingredients to pass through.  Oh, and you didn’t hear it from me but it also works great as a drink shaker… The Husby used it to make an incredible martini!

OXO generously provided me with two Salad Dressing Shakers – one to demo and one to give away to a lucky TJOC reader!

To enter, just leave a comment telling me what you would use your Shaker for.  A winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, June 5 at 3pm CST and will be contacted by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond or I will choose another winner.  Must live in the United States.

Sesame Noodle Salad – slightly adapted from Simple Gourmet Cooking

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 Cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Canola Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Ginger, minced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 4 Green Onions, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Cilantro, chopped

For the salad:

  • 1 Lb. Soba, Spaghetti or Lo Mein Noodles (I used TJ’s Brown Rice Spaghetti noodles)
  • 1 Package TJ’s Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix OR
  • 1 Cup Red Cabbage, shredded
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 1/2 Cups Edamame, shelled and cooked
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds, for serving (I forgot to add these)

In the bowl of a salad dressing shaker, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, canola oil, vinegar, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, green onions and cilantro.  Replace the top of the shaker and shake to combine.

Cook the noodles according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water.  Transfer the noodles to a large mixing bowl and toss with the veggies.  Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until well coated.  Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds before serving.  Serve cold.

Tastes even better the next day!

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17 responses to “Sesame Noodle Salad and a Giveaway!

  1. amy marantino

    i would use it to make a chocolate malt

  2. oooh – I like the martini idea!

  3. So glad you liked this! I need to make this again sometime soon!
    And I would use the shaker all the time for salads-I love salads in the summer!

  4. Glad you had a hit in the swap!

    I would use the shaker to, duh, make this recipe!

  5. I would make my own vinaigrette. I currently use a small bowl and whisk, but this shaker would be awesome!

  6. I would make homemade vegetarian caesar dressing. I’ve been craving it and it is so hard to find!

  7. I would use the shaker for delicious garlicky Caesar dressing :)

  8. I would make a tomato basil vinaigrette dressing! I love the Oxo products.

  9. Yum, this sounds like a great dish – I especially love the sound of the dressing!

    It’s too bad that I JUST bought a drink shaker, because having one of these as a dual-function gadget would be awesome! However, I don’t have a dressing shaker, so I’d love to have one!

  10. Looks like a great shaker, and probably easier to clean than the jar I use.. Definitely, I’d be making a lot of vinaigrettes in there. And possibly a mojito or two, when it gets hot again.

  11. This noodle salad looks perfect for summer! I’d use the shaker for Italian dressing-I love making it.

  12. I would use this to make fun new salad dressing!

  13. This salad looks so good! I love that dressing shaker (already won it from another blog so don’t count my comment).

    Thanks for being part of the recipe swaps!

  14. I haven’t ever thought of mixing drinks in them, that is a great idea! I wish I had a dressing shaker to make smoother ranch dressings. Ours always end up chunky when we whisk them. I definitely need to try other dressings though, I’d love to do a raspberry vinaigrette.

  15. Not going to lie – that baby would be used for adult drinks!!

    (and occasionally, salad dressing. I suppose)

  16. Love the salad dressing maker idea. I actually just went to TJ’s last night and am looking forward to making myself lots of salad in the next week!! Produce after travelling = the best ever!

  17. Your Sesame Noodle Salad looks so colourful and delicious! I really like the ingredients in the dressing too.

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