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20 Noodle Dishes to Make Today, Take on a Picnic Tomorrow

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What's more early-summer-romance than sprawling out on a blanket under the shade of a tree, letting your limbs flop like limp noodles?

Noodles! For the freest of times, when sunscreen and rosé and a good novel are nearby. Noodles! To loop around a fork, to twirl with your fingers, to fling at your companions. To get tangled in herbs, vegetables, and tofu cubes. To snag dressings—pestos, fish sauces, and creamy tahini-based numbers—and drag them across the bowl.

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While other cold leftovers might send chills down your spine (Cold macaroni and cheese? No. Cold eggs? Don't make me!), many noodle "salads" are meant to be eaten cold. They're "refreshing" this way.

Make one of these 20 recipes now, then save it in the fridge for a sunny weekend hour. Or just eat it for dinner. It'll be good the next night (and for Monday lunch, too!). And If you're having trouble deciding which to make, see what kind of noodle you've got in your pantry, then go from there.

Rice Noodles

Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad
Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad
Cold Vegetable and Noodle Salad with Ponzu Dressing
Cold Vegetable and Noodle Salad with Ponzu Dressing
Rice Noodle Salad with Spring Vegetables and Tahini-Lime Dressing
Rice Noodle Salad with Spring Vegetables and Tahini-Lime Dressing
Spicy Grilled Chicken Salad with Noodles
Spicy Grilled Chicken Salad with Noodles

If you do want to serve this salad warm, Merrill recommends warming it for 30 to 45 seconds in the microwave or placing it in a large sauté pan over medium low heat and tossing frequently until it starts to loosen and warm, about 5 minutes.


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Soba

Soba with Parsley-Pea Pesto and Kale
Soba with Parsley-Pea Pesto and Kale
Jaengban Guksu (Korean-style Soba Noodles with Spicy Dressing)
Jaengban Guksu (Korean-style Soba Noodles with Spicy Dressing)
Spring Soba Noodle Salad with Fava Beans
Spring Soba Noodle Salad with Fava Beans
Sesame Noodle Salad with Seared Mushroom "Scallops"
Sesame Noodle Salad with Seared Mushroom "Scallops"
Citrus Ginger Tofu Salad with Buckwheat Soba Noodles
Citrus Ginger Tofu Salad with Buckwheat Soba Noodles
Kimchi, Shrimp, and Soba Salad
Kimchi, Shrimp, and Soba Salad

Chinese Noodles or Ramen Noodles

Zhajiang Noodles with Eggplant
Zhajiang Noodles with Eggplant
Patricia Yeo's Sesame Noodles

Patricia Yeo's Sesame Noodles by Genius Recipes

Yibin "Kindling" Noodles

Yibin "Kindling" Noodles by Nicholas Day

Simple Sesame and Garlic Noodles
Simple Sesame and Garlic Noodles
Sichuan Mouth-Numbing Cold Noodles
Sichuan Mouth-Numbing Cold Noodles
Peanut Soba Noodle Salad
Peanut Soba Noodle Salad

Spaghetti & Other Unspecified "Noodles" (Use What You'd Like!)

Summer Cold Noodle Salad
Summer Cold Noodle Salad
Spicy Garlic Noodles with Crumbled Tofu and Cucumber Salad
Spicy Garlic Noodles with Crumbled Tofu and Cucumber Salad
Tahini Noodles
Tahini Noodles
Smoked Tea Black Bean Noodles with Pork
Smoked Tea Black Bean Noodles with Pork