Cold Peanut Noodle Salad (Easy 15-Minute Recipe)

This 15-minute cold Peanut Noodle Salad features a Thai-style creamy peanut sauce, crunchy red cabbage and quick-pickled cucumbers. (Vegetarian)

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I’m always on the hunt for easy recipes that take 30 minutes or less. And here’s a delicious cold peanut salad recipe that takes just 15 minutes.

This salad is crunchy, creamy, a little spicy, and delicious! 

It’s the perfect compliment to a simple grilled chicken breast dinner. It’s also perfect for meal prep, since you can make it ahead of time and keep it on hand for up to three days in the fridge. 

Or, try bringing it along to your next potluck. This salad is a guaranteed crowd pleaser! Just take note, you may want to double the recipe, because it’s going to be gobbled up immediately! 

Cold peanut noodles in bowl sprinkled with black sesame seeds.

Things couldn’t be easier with this dish. While your noodles boil away, you’ll quick-pickle some cucumbers and make a delicious, creamy peanut  sauce.  

Let’s talk about those noodles…

I went with udon noodles for this recipe. 


They’re perfectly chewy, with just the right texture and they’re just so irresistibly slurpable! I love that they cook up quick + easy, so I keep them on hand at all times for recipes like my Ginger Veggie Stir Fry and Kung Pao Noodles

You’ll find them in your grocery store’s produce section. 

And what about that peanut sauce? 

It’s tangy, creamy and can be made with ingredients you likely may already have in your cupboard. A bit of red wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, peanut butter, and just a bit of hot chili oil for some heat.

I kept things on the mild side here. However, if you like things extra spicy (like me) feel free to customize your bowl by drizzling a bit of extra chili oil over the top at the end.

Ingredients for cold peanut noodle salad on counter.

What is Peanut Dressing Made Of? 

  • Garlic
  • Peanut butter
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Sesame oil 
  • Soy sauce
  • Hot chili oil
  • Honey
  • Vegetable oil

How to Make Thai Peanut Noodle Salad

  • Make the pickled cucumbers. Thin slice cucumbers and place in a simple brine while you prepare the rest of the salad ingredients. 
  • Cook the noodles until al dente, about 3 minutes. Rinse with cold water. 
  • Make the peanut sauce. Whisk together all the ingredients until smooth and combined. 
  • Slice the cabbage
  • Toss the noodles and cabbage with the spicy peanut sauce. 
  • Garnish with pickled cucumbers, green onions, sesame seeds + additional hot chili oil. 
  • Enjoy


  • Tofu: This spicy peanut tofu is delicious on top of this udon noodle salad. 
  • Chicken: Slice up a cooked chicken breast and add it to the top of your noodles. 
  • Shrimp: Sauteed shrimp would be delicious on top. 
Side view of noodles in bowl.

What to Serve with It

Wine Pairings

  • Riesling, Gewürztraminer: Look for a white wine with just a hint of sweetness to it – It’s a great way to tame down the heat in this peanut pasta salad.
  • Rosé is another great match – It’s acidity, and light body will pair nicely with the peanut sauce. (Here are some great rosé wines under $10)

More Recipes Featuring Peanut Sauce

Overhead shot of cold peanut noodle salad in white bowl next to small bowl of pickled cucumbers.

More Flavorful Noodles to Try

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Overhead shot of cold peanut noodle salad in white bowl next to small bowl of pickled cucumbers.

Cold Peanut Noodle Salad

This 15-minute cold Peanut Noodle Salad features a Thai-style creamy peanut sauce, crunchy red cabbage and quick-pickled cucumbers.
5 from 9 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people


Pickled Cucumbers:



Pickled Cucumbers:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, garlic and salt. Add the cucumber slices and toss to combine. Set aside in the refrigerator while you prepare the noodles. Note: These can be prepared up to 2 days ahead.


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Cook noodles in boiling water for about 3 minutes, until al dente.
  • Meanwhile, combine peanut butter, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, chili oil, honey, vegetable oil and ¼ cup water in a large bowl. Whisk until combined.
  • Drain noodles and rinse with cold water to cool them down. Add the noodles and cabbage to the bowl with the sauce and toss to combine. Serve garnished with pickled cucumbers, green onions, sesame seeds and additional hot chili oil, if desired.
  • Enjoy!
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Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 1756mg | Potassium: 465mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 656IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg

This post was originally published in 2022. It was updated in 2024 to add new information. The peanut udon noodle salad recipe remains the same. Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Cold Peanut Noodle Salad (Easy 15-Minute Recipe)”

  1. 5 stars
    This is great! I was craving a peanut dressing and ended up having only cashew butter- still delicious. Love the pickled cucumbers as an accompaniment.

5 from 9 votes (8 ratings without comment)

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