Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodle Salad

Twirl a fork into this refreshing and oh-so simple cold noodle salad! Crunchy cucumbers and peppers, creamy miso and zesty citrus make these noodles irresistibly good. Enjoy this 15-minute recipe for dinner tonight!

To beat the summer heat, you can usually find us dipping in the lake after a long day. It’s become a favorite tradition on warm evenings to pack a picnic and lay by the water with a spread of fresh, delicious picnic foods. After a refreshing swim, we are usually noshing on fresh fruits and veggies, but hungry for a light meal when we return home.

Keeping things easy and stove top-friendly on summer days is key for my family. So, I love to whip up a simple 15-minute dinner like this cool, creamy noodle salad! It is a fun twist on traditional pasta dinners, healthy and family friendly. I love the colorful, crunchy veggies and sesame seeds mixed with the zesty citrus and slippery cold noodles. Every forkful is better than the last, and pairs perfectly with your barbecue favorites.

Feel free to replace the veggies with whatever you have on hand! 

Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodle Salad

Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodle Salad


  • 1 lb. thin spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup light sweet miso
  • 4 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 4 tsp. light brown sugar
  • 2 fresh limes, juiced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, small diced
  • 2 small cucumbers, sliced
  • 4 green onions, chopped

For serving (optional):

  • Sesame seeds
  • Fresh limes, sliced
  • Green onions, chopped


  1. In a large pot, boil water for pasta. Add spaghetti and stir to prevent sticking.Cook according to package instructions.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk miso, sesame oil, brown sugar, lime juice and garlic. Asyou whisk, slowly stream in oil until sauce is smooth and thick. Whisk in 2tablespoons water.
  3. Drain spaghetti and rinse with cold water. Shake off any excess water and add to bowlwith sauce. Toss to coat evenly. Add bell pepper, cucumbers, and green onions.
  4. Serve in individual bowls. Top with sesame seeds, fresh limes and additional greenonions, if desired.
  5. Enjoy!

Make Ahead:

  1. Pasta can be made several hours ahead. They tend tosoak up a lot of the sauce as they sit. If you want to make the day before,hold back half of sauce, cover, and chill. Toss with reserved sauce before serving.


Adapted from Bon Appetit

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

Join the Conversation

  1. Hi, If I do not have miso in the house is there a substitute for it? I have never cooked with miso before. Thank you kindly.

  2. Soy sauce or fish sauce work in a pinch! You can find miso in the Asian/Ethnic aisle of most grocery stores though.

  3. Mike Watson says:

    Can this recipe be adapted to a peanut sauce?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The Comfort of Cooking © Copyright 2024. All rights reserved.
Skip to Recipe