Maple-Peanut Noodle Salad

By Alexandra Caspero on January 31, 2014


BL often chides me on my OCD-like behavior to decide which restaurant to eat at that night. First, I search the online menu, looking for interesting flavor combinations and of course, veg friendly meals. I will probably look at the menu a few times throughout the day, imagining what I will order that evening and checking my decision against reviews on google and yelp. I promise you, most of the time I know what I’m going to order before we even sit down.

Oh my goodness I wish I was kidding. As I write the above paragraph it has finally dawned on my how crazy I can get about food sometimes.
Please send help.

Anyways, there are a few dishes I am always looking for-korma at Indian restaurants, gnocci at Italian, big, beautiful salads at casual eateries and beets. When beets are in season they are all I want to eat.
Lately though, I’ve been looking for nuts.

Yes, nuts. I’m not sure what the recent obsession is but if I find a dish that contains nuts, I’m probably going to order it. Hence my recent meals out: pepita salad, banana walnut pancakes, and a weekly treat of peanut butter cupcakes.

Clearly, these noodles were bound to happen. A combination of my all-time love (pasta) and my current fave (peanuts). Set on a crunchy chopped salad for good measure. A match made in DK heaven.

Plus, it’s like 3 dishes in one! Fresh salad, creamy peanut noodles and roasted tempeh.
Dig in.

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Maple-Peanut Noodle Salad

  • Author: Alex Caspero MA, RD
  • Category: entree, dinner, lunch,
  • Cuisine: asian, vegan, vegetarian
  • Author: Alex Caspero MA, RD
  • Category: entree, dinner, lunch,
  • Cuisine: asian, vegan, vegetarian
  • Author: Alex Caspero MA, RD
  • Category: entree, dinner, lunch,
  • Cuisine: asian, vegan, vegetarian


Peanut Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup water

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and seeded, sliced into 1/2 moons
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into very thin strips
  • 8 oz. rice noodles or whole wheat linguini

Maple-Ginger Tempeh:

  • 8 oz. tempeh
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp. fresh grated ginger


  1. For the Tempeh:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients except the tempeh in a bowl and whisk together.
  3. Slice tempeh into cubes or on the diagonal. For an 8oz. cake, I slice the tempeh into 1/4ths lengthwise, in 1/2 width-wise and then each slice into a 1/2 triangle.
  4. Place tempeh slices into a oven safe baking dish and top with maple-ginger sauce.
  5. If you have time, let sit for 30 minutes while you prepare the dressing and prep the salad ingredients.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes per side, until done.
  7. For the dressing:
  8. Combine all ingredients together in a food processor or high powered blender.
  9. If it’s too thick, add a bit more water, 1 tbsp. at a time.
  10. For the Salad:
  11. Prepare the rice noodles as directed on the package. For most, it will be to soak or boil for a few moments until tender, drain, and rinse with cold water.
  12. Toss the vegetable ingredients together and place 1 heaping cup or so onto plates.
  13. Toss 1/2 cup of peanut sauce with rinsed noodles. If you need more dressing, add it!
  14. Top salad with noodles and top with cooked tempeh.
  15. Garnish with cilantro and/or roasted peanuts.

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    1. Tina @ Tina’s Chic Corner
      February 13, 2014 AT 2:22 pm

      It takes me forever to order at a restaurant! Lol. Love love love pasta and this looks so yummy and refreshing. Pinned to try. 🙂

      1. DK
        February 13, 2014 AT 4:04 pm

        Hi Tina! Thanks so much for stopping by. Glad to know I’m not alone in ordering 🙂

    2. Dietitian Debbie
      February 1, 2014 AT 7:48 am

      I do the same exact thing! I can’t help it, I just want to make sure I pick the best dish. 🙂 This noodle salad looks delicious! I can’t get enough tempeh of late!

    3. Joanne
      February 1, 2014 AT 6:07 am

      You’re not crazy!! I do the same thing with restaurants. So maybe…we’re both crazy. Hmmm.

      I’m a peanut addict also and can’t wait to make this noodle salad!!