Asian Noodle Salad Jars

by / ⠀Recipes Salads / September 5, 2013

Packing your lunch for work doesnโ€™t have to mean boring leftovers piled into tupperware. Try this Asian Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing layered beautifully into a mason jar!


Makes: 4 jars

Prep time: 25 minutes


For the Spicy Peanut Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 4 teaspoons sambal oelek
  • 4 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

For the salad:

  • 4 ounces soba noodles
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shelled edamame beans, cooked 
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup crunchy rice noodles


1. In large pot of boiling water, cook noodles according to package instructions. Rinse under cold water and drain.

2. Meanwhile, make Spicy Peanut Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together peanut butter, sambal oelek, rice vinegar and soy sauce. While whisking, slowly drizzle in oil until all oil is incorporated. Stir in sesame seeds.

3. Divide Spicy Peanut Dressing equally among 4 pint-sized mason jars. Divide soba noodles over dressing. Layer remaining ingredients, ending with rice noodles. Top with lids and refrigerate up to 5 days. To serve, pour onto plate or bowl, stir and enjoy.

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  • Reply
    Sandra Mueller
    April 7, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    What is sambal oelek? Where can I find it – and can I substitute with something else?

    • Reply
      Amanda Natividad
      April 10, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Hi Sandra! It’s a type of Asian spicy chili sauce. You should be able to find it at your local grocery in the Asian foods aisle. If not, you can always try using sriracha! Hope this helps.

      -Amanda, NatureBox Editor

  • Reply
    April 26, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    For the dressing, is there a way to make it mild? Would it work to just not add the sambal oelek, or is there a mild substitute?
    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Amanda Natividad
      June 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      Hi Lily! Thanks for your note. You can certainly omit the sambal oelek. But if you want just a hint of spice, just use half the amount! ๐Ÿ™‚

      -Amanda, NatureBox Editor

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    October 3, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Can I substitute anything for the edamame? Snow pea, maybe?

    • Reply
      Amanda Natividad
      October 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      That would be delicious, Janae! ๐Ÿ™‚

      -Amanda, NatureBox Editor

      • Reply
        October 16, 2014 at 8:30 am

        Thank you so much. I’m making this tomorrow! Can’t wait. Took me a while to find sambal oelek.

  • Reply
    September 20, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Hi. Any idea how many calories this salad is?

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