This Easy Japanese Cold Noodle salad is a nice change up from the typical summer salad and is the ideal light meal. Made with fresh vegetables, it’s healthy, quick and easy to make, and uses up leftover ham.
 Coursedinner, lunch
 Keywordcold, Japanese, noodle, salad
 Prep Time20minutes 
 Cook Time15minutes 
 Total Time35minutes 
 Servings6 people


  • box grater
  • cutting board
  • sharp knife
  • egg slicer
  • sieve



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  • 4 eggs, hard-boiled
  • 4 -95 g packages of instant ramen noodles (from soup) (380 g 3.31 ounces) – discard the seasoning
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup ham, julienned
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded cucumber
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 teaspoon black sesame seeds

Sauce (dressing)

  •  cup chicken stock
  •  cup white granulated sugar
  •  cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon gingerroot



PREP: Cut ham and red pepper into thin strips, chop lettuce and green onion, and grate cucumber lengthwise through the large holes on a box grater.
Sauce (dressing)
  • In saucepan, bring stock, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and ginger to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Strain and refrigerate dressing (liquid) until cool and discard remnants in sieve


  • In a large pot of boiling water, cook noodles as per package directions, until tender and firm. Drain and chill under cold water.
  • In bowl toss noodles with sesame oil.
  • Hard boil both eggs. cool in water, peel and slice.
  • Arrange noodles on plates, top with ham, lettuce, cucumber, red pepper, and sprinkle with green onions. Add sliced hard-boiled eggs.
  • Garnish: Sprinkle with black sesame seeds.

    Add as much dressing as desired. You can pour it all on or add to individual portions.


Note: Adapted from Japanese Cold Noodle Chef’s Salad, Canadian Living Magazine p. 150,  May 2004

Nutrition Facts
Easy Japanese Cold Noodle Salad recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 479Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 140mg47%
Sodium 2153mg94%
Potassium 438mg13%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 1965IU39%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 2153mg | Potassium: 438mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1965IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4mg
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