So I am perfectly fine admitting that I am one of about 4.3 million people that follow The Pioneer Woman and her Cooking site.

I’ve never visited a blog that generates so many dadgum comments. The attention is well-deserved, I must say (great photography and seriously hilarious humor). This is only the second recipe I’ve tried from the Pioneer Woman and it is a winner.

I made it for a potluck luncheon with some friends and it was a hit – so much so that I almost didn’t want to give credit elsewhere and claim the fame for myself. But don’t worry, I referred yet another eight women to the Pioneer Woman to become ardent followers.

This salad is fresh, unique, and the flavors are incredible. There is some serious chopping involved (can we say carpal tunnel??) and it is time-consuming, but I prepped everything the night before and threw it together in less than five minutes the day of.

And regardless of the time involved, it is really worth it. I know I am one of probably thousands giving a testimonial to this salad, but I couldn’t resist! The Pioneer Woman knows what she’s talking about – it is fabulous.

(Just a note: it makes a TON of salad so be prepared to serve it to a large group or size it down to fit your needs.)

Asian Noodle Salad

Asian Noodle Salad


  • 1 packages linguine noodles, cooked, rinsed, and cooled
  • 1/2 to 1 head sliced Napa cabbage
  • 1/2 to 1 head sliced purple cabbage
  • 1/2 to 1 bag baby spinach
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced thin (if available)
  • 1 small bag bean sprouts (I left these out)
  • 3 sliced scallions
  • 3 peeled, sliced cucumbers
  • LOTS of chopped cilantro—up to one bunch
  • 1 can whole cashews, lightly toasted in skillet (I also left these out b/c I forgot them at the store but they would be wonderful in the salad)
  • Dressing:
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 8 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 hot peppers or jalapenos, chopped
  • More chopped cilantro - lots


  1. Mix together salad ingredients in large bowl. Whisk together dressing ingredients and pour over salad. Mix with tongs or hands and serve on platter.
  2. *Dressing keeps up to three days before serving, without cilantro.

Recipe Source: adapted from Jamie Oliver and The Pioneer Woman Cooks!

12 Responses to Asian Noodle Salad

  1. Holly W says:

    Made this tonight to go with your Beef & Broccoli recipe. I left out the noodles, cashews and bean sprouts (have never been a fan of noodles mixed with greens). It was a big hit with my family. I gave half of it away to a friend because I made the full recipe. Wow! It does make a ton! The dressing is yummy on all those wonderful vegetables. Thank you!

  2. Melanie Anne says:

    This looks great! I will give it a try!

  3. Kristin says:

    I made this after reading her blog too. It was great and I felt so healthy eating it.

  4. RecipeGirl says:

    Looks yummy. I visit over there once in a great while. Funny stuff!

  5. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    What a beautiful salad! I love all the vibrant colors and it sounds delicious, too.

  6. Deborah says:

    I tried her caramel apple pie awhile back – delicious! This looks tasty, too – I actually have it bookmarked!

  7. Steph says:

    The salad looks beautiful! I’ve never visited her sight, but I do love yours!

  8. PheMom says:

    This is exactly the kind of thing I need to eat more of – now if I could just get past my salad aversion! This does look really good though!

  9. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – I love this salad and am so glad you liked it too (and that everyone complimented you!). Whole wheat pasta sounds like a great substitution. Thanks for letting me know!

  10. Leah says:

    I just found your blog and I love it! That salad looks incredible and has all of my favorite flavors…I’ll definitely try it, and I’ll be stopping by your terrific blog again!

  11. kelley says:

    oh my goodness, i hear you on the pioneer woman following. i am ridiculously obsessed with her site. i haven’t tried this recipe yet (must do in the near future), but her lasagna really is fantastic (def check it out if you havent already).

  12. Anonymous says:

    I just got back from a church picnic where I took this salad. I must have had a dozen people comment about how good it was. I even substituted whole wheat noodles for white and no one noticed – yum! Thanks for the great recipe.

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