Cold Noodles For Hot Days: 10 Recipes

Thank goodness for noodles and pasta on hot summer days! They're easy to cook, wonderfully textured and filling, and delicious eaten straight out of the fridge. These nine salads (and one soup!) are, for the most part, quick to assemble and just perfect for lunch or dinner when the last thing you want to do is stand over a hot stove.

1 Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles – Sticky and nutty and great as leftovers
2 Bún Chay (Vietnamese Noodle Salad) – Refreshing contrasts of flavor and texture
3 Soba Noodles with Wilted Bok Choy – Perfect for a hot summer evening
4 Broccoli and Feta Pasta Salad – Delicious served warm or cold
5 Sumo Sunomono – With quick pickles of cucumber, carrots, and baby shrimp

6 Vegetarian Naengmyun (Korean Cold Noodles) – In an icy, vinegary-sweet broth
7 Joyce's Drunken Noodle Salad – A quick and tasty weeknight meal
8 Cold Soba, Sesame and Carrot Salad – Refreshing and addictively crunchy
9 Gơi Chay (Vietnamese Vegetarian Salad) – A light yet complete meal
10 Roasted Garlic, Olive and Tomato Pasta Salad – Full of summer flavors

Related: Five Cool Summer Dishes with Rice Noodles

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Emily Ho is a Los Angeles-based writer, recipe developer, and educator on topics such as food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. She is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and Food Swap Network. Learn more at Roots & Marvel