Potluck Food: Sesame Noodles


sesame noodles

I made these sesame noodles for a company potluck because they were easy to make, healthy, and didn’t need any heating up. They tasted even better the next day. Cook noodles and make the dressing the evening prior, and all you have to do is toss them with chopped vegetables the day of. Deceivingly plain looking, these noodles are full of flavor from the marinade of sesame oil, soy sauce, and honey.

Potluck Food: Sesame Noodles


  • For the Honey Soy Dressing
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed or corn oil
  • 3 Tbsp dark sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • For the Noodles
  • 8 ounces of thin spaghetti
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup sliced and chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds


  1. **for a larger party, double the portion.
  2. Heat a large pot of water over high heat until boiling. Season water generously with kosher salt. Cook the pasta in the pot, according to directions on pasta package. Drain but do not rinse.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the dressing. In a microwave-safe dish, heat the vegetable oil, sesame oil, and red pepper, in the microwave on high heat for 2 minutes. Add the honey and soy sauce and mix well.
  4. In a large bowl, combine drained pasta with the dressing. Use tongs and gently mix until pasta is well coated. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Cover and chill overnight or at least several hours.
  5. When ready to serve, mix in the cilantro, peanuts, green onions and bell pepper. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

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