Summer sesame asian noodle salad

After lovingly examining all my CSA goodies (yes, I’m a weirdo), I decided to make a variation of this Serious Eats recipe (thanks for the suggestion Sarah!) However, I had to make some substitutions and changes – the original recipe was wayyy too high maintenance and this homey don’t roll that way.

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Summer sesame asian noodle salad


  • 1/2 box whole wheat linguine
  • 1 bunch of boy choy, cut into 1″ slices
  • canola oil
  • 6 radishes, sliced into rounds
  • dozen snap peas, trimmed
  • 6 scallions, chopped

For the dressing:

  • 2/3 cup sesame seeds
  • nubbin of grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 Tbs soy sauce
  • 3 Tbs white wine (or mirin)
  • 1/3 cup sesame oil (or a little more)
  • 1 Tbs sriracha
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbs sugar


  • Cook the noodles according to the package instructions, drain, and cool.
  • Heat Tbs canola oil in a skillet and stir fry the boy choy for about 5 minutes or until stalks are tender and leaves are wilted.
  • Mix together the cooked noodles and vegetables in a large bowl.
  • For the dressing: Toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan over medium heat until lightly toasted. Combine sesame seeds and all other dressing ingredients in a food processor and pulse until emulsified.
  • Add enough dressing to lightly coat the noodles and veggies (I used about 1/2 the dressing). Mix together in the bowl, chill, and sprinkle with crushed cashews before serving.

CSA veg

summer sesame asian noodle salad

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Did you know? Boy choy, a traditional Chinese vegetable and member of the cabbage family, is packed with vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, and potassium.

Sesame seeds are a good source of manganese copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber.

Running update: Despite my best intentions, I didn’t end up going for a run after work on Tuesday. Instead, I ate a lot of nutella and watched Glee. Whoops. Finally, around 11pm I tied on my shoes and hit the roads for a run. I ran a swift 4 miles in Central Park (yes, by myself – mom, pretend you didn’t read that) and it was exactly what I needed. I had a lot on my mind and that 32 minutes of me-time was exactly what I needed. I finished shortly before midnight – maybe one of the latest runs I’ve ever done.

Wednesday’s run had the benefit of good company (Jacqui!! and few minutes with Alma), but the weather was rainy, rainy, rainy. I ran for about 8.5 miles (1 hour, 15 minutes) and was soaked and cold by the end. Yuck. I stashed my stuff at the gym before heading out to run in CP and the front desk staff seriously thought I was nuts for choosing the park over the treadmill. Maybe so.

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Question 1: What do you crave when it’s too hot to cook?

Question 2: What’s the latest (or earliest!) run you’ve ever gone on?

  • Jacqui

    Holy moly that looks DELICIOUS!

  • Mom Jackie

    I like the pretty colors of the veggies and your salad looks so yummy. Wish I could have been there to share some with you. I won’t comment on the midnight run in central park, yikes! xo

  • Jesse

    Wow, Megs, that salad looks Awesome! I’ll have to try it out!

  • In the summer all I want are salads and smoothies (well, and froyo, but that’s a different story). The earlier run I have ever gone on was 4am and the latest was probably 1am? I believe severe jetlag was involved.

  • That looks really good! I never know what to do with bok choy.

    I got soaked yesterday too. Still better than the ‘mill, says me!

  • Ha last year I did the mc200 relay ( so we ran at crazy times. None of mine were that bad, but I’m running it again this weekend and will definitely have a 2 or 3 am run in there!

  • Eileen

    Part of me is envious of your late-night run in Central Park. More of me thinks you shouldn’t do that. 🙁 Please be careful!

    Your dinner looks amazing. *My* summertime cravings are mostly for smoothies.

  • Latest run I’ve ever done was probably 12:30 am in NYC too! It was after watching the Victoria’s Secret fashion show and I was feeling a little jealous!

  • Ericka

    I had one summer in college where I was working as a waitress, so I often used to go for runs between 11-12pm when I got done with my shift. People who were hanging out and drinking on their front porches used to sometimes offer me beers as I went past. I found it humorous but never accepted one.

    While running that late seemed fine at the time, in retrospect I realize that it was actually a really bad idea and very unsafe! From one 20-something female to another, I would just encourage you to grab a buddy for those late night CP runs, or hit a gym instead. It’s not worth the risk. 🙁

  • When it’s too hot to cook – I love a good wrap with hummus and tons of raw veggies. Or some sort of ginormous salad.

    Not a night runner, but the earliest I’ve ran is about 4:00 a.m. before an early flight on a holiday weekend. In Central Park – sketchy characters were encountered but I lived to tell about it…

  • As awesome as a night run sounds I’ve never gone out after dark (or before sunrise). I’m totally afraid of tripping in the dark, or you know, getting shot. There is an organized nighttime race somewhere in DC, I remember reading about it last year. I should look into it – I bet it’s a blast!

  • Olivia – I think the race you’re thinking of is the Rockville, MD Twilight 8K. I ran it in 2007 – it’s FUN!!

  • KellyLA

    You know, I’m all about the weird running times! Sometimes you have an urge to get out there and you just have to go. My latest run was at 3am after wrapping from a shoot- I jogged along the Venice boardwalk and it was pretty serene:-)
    Be safe in Central Park!

  • That recipe looks GREAT!!

    my favorite summer time meal is Lundberg rice with beans and sauted vegetables…sometimes in a wrap…

    At least half my runs are at 4:30am. I love to get them done before work and am off to teach school at 6:30. I put a petzl light on my head and wear a reflective vest. I live out in the country and so usually only see one or two cars when I am out.

    I cannot imagine running at 11pm

  • Ha! I’m glad it worked out! Yeah, when I read the recipe fully, I was like, that’s pretty intensive, but she’s a smart girl. I’m sure she can pare it down. And so you did. I like cold noodle salads too. Also, ice cream. Which is a balanced meal when you…oh wait…

    I’m super not into running extremes. Maybe the latest I’ve run is 9 p.m.? The earliest is in the 5:45 a.m. area. Nothing crazy.

  • fab recipe, not-so-fab run. it’s dangerous out there at night! don’t risk it!

    new camera is lookin’ good. drinks soon? (you liked that transition, right? :P)

  • Holy yum!! I want some:)

  • This looks delish!

    1. Pasta salad and beer
    2. 4 a.m. earliest, 8 p.m. latest

  • Caz

    Don’t worry, I’m obsessed with my CSA veggies too. I even took photos of them all washed and lovely looking on my counter even though I’m not a food blogger. They were just SO pretty.

    And that salad looks delicious. I love Asian noodle salads.

  • Wow, 11pm that is impressive! I would rather get up super early than to run that late!

  • I crave raw vegetables and ice cream. Nothing else will do. I made a peanut noodle salad like this a while ago with soba…hits the spot on a hot night!

  • I can not believe you went running in Central Park alone at 11:30pm! I am way too much of a scardycat!! 🙂 The earliest I have ever gone is 4:45am…it was dark but I was with a friend!

  • Joyce W

    Thanks! I was wondering what to do with my CSA radishes!