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This orange sesame noodle salad recipe is a bright, tangy, and delicious dish, loaded with fresh greens and a tasty sweet sesame dressing. This easy recipe makes a great side dish, or even a light lunch.

Ready in just 20 minutes this simple and tasty noodle bowl is a sweet and savory take on pasta salad. Serve this alongside some bok choy ramen, or with crispy tofu – it’s a great addition to any meal!

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This simple orange sesame cold noodles is a fun twist on classic pasta salad! It’s a little sweet, a little savory, and has delicious sesame crunch is every bite. This quick and easy dish is a great lunch option – and easy to meal prep for the week!

Start by cooking the pasta and cooling it under running water. Toss with fresh greens (I used baby spinach) and a light dressing that takes just 5 minutes to make with fresh orange juice.

This Orange Sesame Noodle Salad Recipe Is

  • Bright
  • Flavorful
  • Tangy
  • Sweet
  • Savory
  • Earthy
  • Versatile
  • Ready in 20 Minutes
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Ingredients for this Orange Noodles Salad Recipe

Be sure to visit the recipe card below for full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions!

  • Pasta – you can use any long pasta you like for this. I used whole wheat spaghetti, rice noodles, gluten free pastas, linguine, fettuccine, or even capellini noodles.
  • Oranges – I used mandarins which are in season at the moment, but you can use any variety you like!
  • Baby spinach
  • Pepitas – another name for hulled pumpkin seeds, these pepitas add wonderful crunch and flavor to each bite of this tasty salad.
  • Sesame Seeds – another tasty addition to add a nice texture to the dish.
  • 5-Minute Orange Sesame Vinaigrette – made with extra virgin olive oil, toasted sesame oil, fresh orange juice, soy sauce, and rice vinegar for sweetness.
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How to Make Orange Sesame Pasta Salad

  1. Cook pasta al dente, according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water, and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the baby spinach, peeled orange slices, pepitas, and sesame seeds. Toss in the cooked and cooled pasta.
  3. In a small bowl (or mason jar with airtight lid) mix together the dressing ingredients: olive oil, toasted sesame oil, orange juice, rice vinegar, garlic, sugar, and soy sauce. Mix well to cine into a smooth creamy dressing.
  4. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad. Toss before serving.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 day.

Dietary Modifications

This recipe is vegan, vegetarian, and dairy free.

To make gluten free, substitute a gluten free pasta in for the spaghetti, and substitute a gluten free soy sauce alternative (like coconut aminos or tamari) instead of the soy sauce. Always ensure all ingredients are certified gluten free before using.

A Simple Make-Ahead Appetizer or Side Dish

This noodle salad with oranges and sesame seeds makes a great potluck dish or side for guests – do the prep the day before! It’s easy to make ahead of time, just follow steps 1-3, refrigerate, and toss the dressing in the salad right before serving.

Prepping side dishes ahead of time can save you time if you are getting ready for a party! Browse all our make-ahead meals to find your next entertaining favorite.

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Orange Sesame Noodle Salad

This orange sesame noodle salad recipe is a bright, tangy, and delicious dish, loaded with fresh greens and a tasty lime sesame dressing. This easy recipe makes a great side dish, or even a light lunch.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 441 kcal

Equipment

  • Large Pot
  • Mixing Bowls

Ingredients
  

For the Pasta Salad

  • 8 ounces pasta I used spaghetti
  • 2 oranges peeled and sliced
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds

For the Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta al dente, according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water, and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the baby spinach, peeled orange slices, pepitas, and sesame seeds. Toss in the cooked and cooled pasta.
  • In a small bowl (or mason jar with airtight lid) mix together the dressing ingredients: olive oil, toasted sesame oil, orange juice, rice vinegar, garlic, sugar, and soy sauce. Mix well to cine into a smooth creamy dressing.
  • Pour the dressing over the pasta salad. Toss before serving.
  • Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 day.

Nutrition

Calories: 441kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 13gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 113mgPotassium: 569mgFiber: 6gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 3004IUVitamin C: 54mgCalcium: 167mgIron: 4mg
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