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These simple sesame noodles with carrots are a great little side dish or as I like to call them, lunch.

You can use fresh shredded or spiraled carrots and Asian noodles or spaghetti noodles.  This pasta salad is simple yet delicious and is great for potlucks or for munching on throughout the week. Stores well in the fridge for up to about 4-5 days.

Lunch on demand!

Imagine this—it’s a hot summer’s weekend day and you’re hungry for a late lunch because it’s been a busy morning. You don’t feel like cooking anything or even making a sandwich.

So you open the fridge and find a ready-made, chilled, Sesame Noodle and Carrot Salad. You pull out the big container, fill up a bowl and then pat yourself on the back for planning ahead. You’re also glad you made plenty because this noodle salad is good enough to eat for days.

A little planning goes a long way.

This could be your real life! Ha. All it takes is a little planning ahead and not much time at all to make this noodles salad. If you struggle with meal planning or just getting your grocery situation organized, check out my one-page meal planner. I promise it’ll change your life!

Lighten up!

So let’s talk flavor. This cold sesame noodle salad is light, flavorful and refreshingly filling. Also, easy to make. It’s been a favorite of mine since way back. In fact, I first discovered this chilled noodle salad at the Giant Foods grocery store deli when I lived in Maryland. I’ve been working to match their recipe for a long while and I finally cracked the code. This is pretty spot on!

I did lighten the amount of oil in the sauce just a smidge to make it healthier but other than that, all the same flavors I grew up on are there. It makes me so happy! Does anyone else get nostalgic about foods that bring them back to a certain time in their life? I just love the feelings that come with food.

Spiralized Carrots vs. Shredded Carrots

So, a note about the carrots. You can use matchstick carrots or spiralized carrots which are more like noodles. Since spiralizing veggies into noodles has become pretty popular, you can now buy frozen spiralized carrots.

If you prefer fresh carrots though, you can spiralize your own. You’ll need a spiralizer of course (If you don’t have one, you can shop them on Amazon). If you’ve never spiralized before, you may want to check out a video on how to do it. Especially with a carrot since they’re pretty skinny. Here’s a short YouTube video I found that shows you how it’s done: How to Spiralize a Carrots.

Another option would be to peel and shred fresh carrots instead of spiralizing them

For best results, use freshly cut carrots. They’ll have the most flavor and won’t be as dry.

Watch how easy it is to make these sesame noodles:

What kind of noodles are best for this cold sesame noodle salad?

As far as noodles, you can really use any kind of noodle you like. I like to use spaghetti noodles or any type of Asian noodle. 

Rice noodles are a great choice if you’re gluten-free.

Totally versatile and up to your own preference. I’ve made this with rice noodles, Lo Mein egg noodles and with spaghetti noodles.

Opt for ginger and garlic paste for best results.

You can use powdered ginger and powdered garlic but you get a bit more flavor and texture out of a paste if you’re able to get your hands on some. You can also use fresh ginger and fresh garlic. You may want to roast your garlic first however, so it doesn’t have too much bite.

My favorite choice to use is the ready-made pastes available in the fresh food section of the store, usually near the fresh herbs. They’re easy and tasty!

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This recipe for cold sesame noodles with carrots was featured on Pretty Pintastic and Julie’s Simple Southern!

Cold Sesame Noodles and Carrots

Sesame Noodles with Carrots

Sesame Noodles with Carrots

5 from 4 reviews
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Course: Lunch, Sides
Cuisine: Asian
Skill Level: Easy
Recipe Type: Pasta, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings


  • 7 oz Asian noodles or spaghetti about half a package
  • 1 cup shredded or spiralized carrots about 1 large carrot
  • 4 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 tsp garlic paste
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2-3 tbsp sesame oil to taste
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp vegetable bullion powder/paste
  • 2 tbsp lightly toasted sesame seeds
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 green onions chopped


  • Cook noodles according to package then drain.
  • Spiralize carrots or you can peel and shred a fresh carrot.
  • Add noodles and carrots to a large bowl or pot. Add ginger paste, garlic paste, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice viniegar, vegetable bullion, toasted sesame seeds and black pepper. Toss.
  • Top with green onions and serve this sesame noodle salad cold.

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Sunday 11th of April 2021

Giant Food recently changed the recipe for there sesame noodle salad. I don't like the new recipe as well. I tried several other recipes before trying your recipe. Yours is spot on! Thank you.

Angela G.

Sunday 11th of April 2021

I can’t believe they changed it after all these years. Don’t mess with a good thing, right? Lol Glad you found this to be a good match for the original!

Trish Buchanan

Sunday 23rd of August 2020

WHO are the people that gave this 5 stars? I don't see their review.

Angela G.

Sunday 23rd of August 2020

You can rate the recipe anonymously or you can rate it plus leave a review or you can just leave a review.

Trish Buchanan

Sunday 23rd of August 2020

i just made this and there is SOOO much leftover liquid! in your picture the noodles do not look as wet as what I ended up with. I measured everything including the pasta too. I am tempted to add more pasta.


Tuesday 25th of August 2020

I just made this tonight and had no leftover liquid. I’m not sure what’s happening for you, Trish. Try watching the video that shows how to make these noodles step by step and that may help. If you have any other questions let me know.

Angela G.

Sunday 23rd of August 2020

You may find that the liquid (dressing) absorbs into the noodles after some time so if you are serving or eating this immediately and you notice there is extra dressing, feel free to add more noodles if that’s what you prefer.


Saturday 15th of August 2020

need to format the recipe. I clicked print and ended up with SIX pages! And the recipe printed twice. what a waste of paper.

Angela G.

Sunday 16th of August 2020

Hey Trish, Thanks for the feedback. If you use the Print button above the recipe, that will give you more control next time. You'll get a print preview and you can delete any sections you don't want to print. Hope this helps for future reference!