Feb 3, 2020 (Last updated Oct 19, 2023) by Hannah Sunderani
Sharing this very easy recipe today, for Vegan Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce. It’s vegan and gluten-free, using chickpea pasta for a protein-packed, healthy, and satiating meal. Enjoy this noodle salad cold, with fresh crunchy veg. Best of all, it can be made in under 30 minutes.
Certainly, this Vegan thai noodle salad with peanut sauce is tasty and flavourful. Plus, you can meal prep this recipe and enjoy during the week for lunch or a quick dinner.
When it comes to vegan pasta recipes, I’m not afraid to get creative. I’ll also take any opportunity to load it with vegetables. Cue my Vegetable Lo-Mein, or my warm Lentil Bolognese. What I love about this recipe is that it feels really fresh and vibrant, it’s a great pasta salad to bring to pot potlucks and bbq’s.
Now, let me tell you exactly how to make this Vegan Thai Peanut Salad so that you can enjoy it pronto!
For this recipe you will need:
As you can see, the ingredients are fresh and colourful. Serve this Thai noodle salad cold for optimal taste.
Make this salad with me on my YouTube Cooking Show Vegan Afternoon with Two Spoons. In this recipe I share 4 protein-packed salads including this Thai peanut salad!
To make this Thai cabbage salad, you will start by cooking your chickpea pasta, this will give it time to cool. Prepare the fresh veg (chop and grate) and combine with the chickpea pasta. Then, add your peanut sauce and mix to combine.
Truly, this peanut sauce dressing is the very best! I love it on this cold pasta salad, and other Thai inspired recipes. To make it, you will need:
Combine the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl,. Then pour over your pasta salad.
Typically in recipes, cooking pasta is saved to the final step. But since this a cold noodle Thai salad, it’s best to cook the noodles first to give it time to cool.
I like to cook my pasta until it’s just al-dente, so as not to have an overcooked pasta salad. In fact, the pasta will continue to cook after straining as it cools.
For this recipe, I have used chickpea pasta, which has a faster cooking time than traditional.
I cooked this pasta for about 3 minutes until just al dente. The length of time it will take to cook your pasta will depend on the type of pasta you use, and the brand. Check package instructions for recommended best results.
To stop the pasta from sticking together as it cools, I like to drizzle with a bit of oil.
Add your strained pasta back to the pot, drizzle with 1-2 tbsp oil and mix to combine. Then cover with a tea towel and let pasta cool as you prep the rest of your ingredients.
This recipe is great for meal prep! Make it on a Sunday and scoop servings into air tight containers to enjoy through the week. This pasta salad will keep for up to 3 days, and even longer if using traditional pasta over chickpea (I find chickpea pasta dries out quicker). So if you wanted to meal prep for the entire work week (5 days) than consider swapping the chickpea pasta for whole wheat pasta, kamut, rice or traditional. (Keep in mind, it may affect the recipe being gluten-free)
If you’re digging this recipe for my Thai Noodle Salad. You might also like these pasta inspired recipes:
So there we have it, a very simple and easy to prepare Thai inspired pasta salad with the very best peanut sauce. Enjoy for lunch or dinner, and meal-prep for a quick dish during the week. It’s also a great recipe to bring to a potluck, bbq, or dinner with friends. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and protein-packed using chickpea pasta. Certainly that’s a winning combo to please a crowd. I absolutely love this Thai noodle salad and think you will to!
And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.
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