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White bowl filled with rice noodles, raw cabbage and carrots, tofu and peanut lime dressing

Cold Rice Noodle Salad with Lime Dressing

  • Author: Jenny Meier | Kitchen Skip blog
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


I crave this noodle salad whenever I want a simple meal with big, bold flavor. It's especially good on hot summer days. To make this simple meal, rice noodles are tossed with crunchy cabbage, carrots and cucumbers, fresh herbs, and a funky and flavorful lime dressing.

This recipe was updated 6/21/2021





Lime Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice 
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


Cold Rice Noodle Salad

  • 8 ounces rice noodles (any width) or regular angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti noodles
  • ½ a head green cabbage, thinly sliced (Or, just buy a bag of shredded coleslaw)
  • 4 carrots, grated
  • 3 Persian cucumbers, cut into thin rounds
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves 
  • ½ cup mint leaves, torn
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts
  • Sriracha hot sauce or red pepper flakes

Optional Toppings


  1. Whisk together water, fish sauce, lime juice, rice vinegar and brown sugar to make the dressing. Set aside, giving the sugar time to dissolve.  
  2. Prep all of your salad ingredients (cabbage, carrots, cucumber, herbs, tofu or other protein) before cooking the noodles.
  3. Cook the rice noodles or regular pasta according to package instructions. For rice noodles, you can also follow my detailed instructions for how to cook rice noodles. Rinse the noodles briefly in cold water to chill. 
  4. To serve, each person can build their own bowl of noodles, cabbage and carrots, cucumber, fresh herbs, peanuts, protein and dressing. 




This salad keeps best if each ingredient (dressing, noodles, slaw) is stored separately in the refrigerator and the salad is tossed in bowls right before eating. 


  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: Asian Inspired

Keywords: rice noodles, rice noodles salad, lime dressing,