Asian Beef Noodle Salad Recipe

As I previously mentioned, this month I’m taking part in a Kitchen PLAY campaign called “30 Days of Family Health” that will highlight a variety of healthy recipes from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). You can learn about or purchase any of these healthy cookbooks online (Use code: KITCHEN2013 for a 25% discount on all books at the ADA online store through October 4, 2013).

Asian-inspired cuisine is a dinnertime staple in our home. Stir-fry recipes, soups, rice and noodle dishes are comforting, satisfying and full of ingredients that give you a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to flavor. I think we’ve all had variations of these dishes that are full of oil, but the truth is you only need a small amount of flavored oil to spice up Asian cuisine while keeping it healthy. While flipping through my second cookbook from the American Diabetes Association, Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking, I immediately landed on an Asian Beef Noodle Salad. It had all of the ingredients I love using; peanut butter, lime juice, mint, soy sauce, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil… these are the flavors that make you forget about sugar and fat.

I made a small change to this recipe. In the cookbook version, the steak is cooked on high heat in a combination of sesame oil and nonstick cooking spray. Because most sesame oils have a low smoke point I decided to cook the meat in just the nonstick cooking spray and add the sesame oil to the dressing instead. It’s a minor tweak to the original recipe that I think is worth noting.

I know you will love this Asian Beef Noodle Salad just as much as I did! I’ve truly enjoyed preparing healthy dishes for the “30 Days of Family Health” campaign and I can’t wait to continue working my way through these cookbooks.

Disclaimer: I received a free review copy of Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking by Lara Rondinelli Hamilton and Chef Jennifer Bucko Lamplough. I received monetary compensation for this post. However, all opinions are my own.

Asian Beef Noodle Salad
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Serves: 6 servings
  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup chopped fresh mint
  • 8 ounces whole wheat angel hair pasta, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 pound top sirloin steak, cut into 3-inch strips
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and sliced into thin sticks
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 4 scallions, cut diagonally
  • 3 tablespoons roasted unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions, omitting salt; drain and rinse under cold water to cool.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. Add beef and toss to coat.
  4. Add a generous amount of cooking spray to a large saute pan or wok over high heat. Stir-fry beef in batches; set aside to cool slightly.
  5. In a large salad bowl, toss the remaining ingredients, except the sesame seeds, with cooled pasta. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
  6. Arrange 6 portions of the salad on salad plates and top with a portion of the beef. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.
This Asian Beef Noodle Salad is shared with permission from "Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking" by Lara Rondinelli Hamilton and Chef Jennifer Bucko Lamplough.

  • Tieghan

    This is so pretty and something my whole family would love!! That right there means awesome things!

  • Happy Valley Chow

    What a delicious recipe! It looks absolutely amazing :)

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    This is just gorgeous, Jen! I’m all about the noodle bowls for dinner these days; this one is going on the menu soon!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I love noodle bowls, this is gorgeous!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    This looks fantastic! Light yet flavorful and I love this picture!

  • Marie @ Little Kitchie

    Looks SO delicious! Would love to have this for dinner tonight!!

  • kita

    Love me some peanut based noodle salads – but the man hates them. I nibble them up every chance I get! This beef salad looks awesome.

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Love this! Quick and easy Asian dishes are a staple at our house!

  • Chew Out Loud

    I LOVE simple and tasty Asian dishes; noodles are always well received in our clan of five :)

  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    Yum Jen! Your dish looks absolutely amazing!!!!!!

  • Giovanna Rodriguez

    This dish looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

    Looks great. I think it is so great you are putting your time and creativity into such an important cause. Love the looks of this recipe. Good point about the smoke point. I am not sure I would have caught that.

  • Alice // Hip Foodie Mom

    Hi Jen!
    This Asian beef noodle salad looks great! and I am totally with you re: oil when it comes to cooking in general. . what a great campaign to be promoting! love this!

  • Sophia @ NYFoodgasm

    I LOVE the lighting! Soooo beautiful! Sounds delicious!

  • natalie @ wee eats

    This looks so delicious I can’t believe it’s not terrible for me. I bet it’s just as good (or better) for lunch the next day!

  • Kitchen Belleicious

    love the story and purpose of this dish! love that you are apart of this desire to get families healthy and stay healthy. This dish might be healthy but it looks amazing and so flavorful

  • Laura Dembowski

    This dish seems like it really packs the flavor with being healthy still. Love it!

  • Gina Guthrie

    This looks so delish and healthy. Going on next weeks menu for sure.

  • Judi Graber

    I just love simple, but delicious, Asian food. Looks like a recipe I would definitely try :)

  • Sarah W. Caron (Sarah’s Cucina Bella)

    Drooling! Looks amazing!

  • nusrat2010

    Taste, look, oomph-factor … this noodle is a total package :)

  • Liz

    Lovely recipes. Thank you and have a Great Day!