Cold Somen Noodle Salad with Cilantro and Scallions

This noodle salad is so flavourful and quick to make! | The Refreshanista

Guess what everyone!!! It’s National Noodle Month! Okay maybe I’m a bit overexcited about a noodle-themed month but who doesn’t love noodles?! Since I’m clearly on board with Noodle Month you can expect lots of noodle recipes from me this month ๐Ÿ™‚ This cold noodle salad is the perfect way to kick off the month because it is quite possibly my favourite noodle dish. It’s quick and easy to prepare and FULL of flavour plus you can bring it to work or school for a no-heat lunch ๐Ÿ™‚

I always liked to eat cold leftovers of Chinese noodles and I thought I was just being weird but cold noodle salad is a thing! If you’ve never had cold Asian noodles, trust me, you are missing out. The flavours of the sauce really soak into the noodles and become more prominent when chilled.ย These somen noodles are a Japanese noodle that cooks in just 2 minutes and is traditionally served cold with a flavourful sauce. Way more interesting than PB&J for lunch!

This noodle salad is so flavourful and quick to make! | The Refreshanista

While American-ized/Canadian-ized Asian food can be heavy and greasy, I find more traditional Asian dishes to be lighter and fresher- it’s perfect healthy eating! I have a favourite little restaurant called “Zen Gardens” down the street from my house. They serve vegetarian Japanese, Chinese, and Korean food and it’s very light and has plenty of veggies. It’s so delicious! I actually like it better than the salty, greasy, heavy food they tend to serve at the otherย restaurants around. Choosing light Asian dishes is a great way to eat flavourful and unique food and still eat healthy ๐Ÿ™‚This noodle salad is so flavourful and quick to make! | The Refreshanista

This noodle salad has thin noodles, fresh cilantro and scallions, and the delicious Asian flavours of soy sauce and sesame oil. Yum! Don’t forget to squeeze some fresh lime juice over the top, it adds an extra level of fresh flavour to this dish.


Cold Somen Noodle Salad with Cilantro and Scallions

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Author Melanie Maxwell


  • 1 package of somen noodles 363g
  • 1/2 cup of sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro leaves
  • 6 scallions/green onions chopped (green parts only)
  • 1 teaspoon of finely chopped ginger
  • sesame seeds
  • lime wedges


  1. Cook your somen noodles according to the package instructions then rinse in cold water and drain well.
  2. Mix together sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, cilantro, scallions, and ginger in a large bowl. Add noodles and toss with tongs to evenly coat noodles.
  3. To serve, sprinkle with sesame seeds and squeeze a wedge of lime overtop.
  4. Tastes even more amazing after being refrigerated overnight!

What’s your favourite healthy Asian dish?


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16 thoughts on “Cold Somen Noodle Salad with Cilantro and Scallions

  1. National Noodle Month? For real? In Canada? In any case, luck would have it that I have been eating lasagna non-stop. I agree, though, I like the lighter Asian noodle dishes. I could see this working well with some vegetables and tofu thrown in. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This is my kind of lunch! Quick, easy and looks great. I don’t know why I don’t cook with noodles more often, but now I found some inspiration!

  3. I didn’t know it was National Noodle Month, but that’s totally something I could get on board with. These noodles look and sound yummy. And you’re right, they’re definitely more interesting than a PB & J

  4. That sounds delicious! My mother loves noodles – if you ask her what she wants when we go out to eat, she’ll always choose some form of noodles. She’ll be amused that there’s a whole month dedicated to them!

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