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This light, simple and easy Thai Shrimp Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing makes a great weeknight dinner, and also holds up well for weekday meal prep lunches!


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This light and easy Thai Shrimp Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing is so easy to make on a busy weeknight, or as a Sunday meal prep item for pack and go lunches for the week!

The simple salad requires super minimal cooking and lots of fresh ingredients, for a healthy and quick meal that doesn’t skimp on flavor. Serve it warm, room temp or chilled!

Thai Shrimp Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

Prepping the ingredients

This salad consists of predominately raw, crisp veggies. Simply shred some fresh red cabbage, slice some red bell pepper, cube some cucumber and shred a carrot. Add some finely diced jalapeño and sliced scallions, and you’re in business.

All the crisp, raw veg are tossed with warm rice noodles and shrimp, fresh cilantro and peanuts.

Asian noodle salad ingredients

Getting the dressing and salad ready

Once all of your veg is prepped and your noodles and shrimp are cooked and briefly cooled, All that’s left to do is toss everything in the creamy peanut dressing!

To make the dressing, all you need to do is quickly microwave the peanut butter to make it more pliable, and whisk it up with the other ingredients until smooth. You can make the dressing first and set it aside- this way, it’s ready to go when the salad ingredients are ready!

To finish the salad, just toss all ingredients in the dressing until well coated!

mixing the salad and making the dressing

Serving suggestions

The salad is amazing slightly warm or room temp, but it’s just as good chilled overnight! I love to serve the salad with a touch of sriracha sauce for a little kick!

peanut noodle salad

Want to give this recipe a try?

If you make my Thai Shrimp Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing, please be sure to leave me a comment! I would love to hear from you, and value your feedback! Lastly, if you make the recipe and love it, please tag me on Instagram! I love to see your photos!

Looking for more easy dinner ideas? Why not try my Wasabi Shrimp Sushi TacosVegan Dumpling Soup with Carrot Noodles and Enoki MushroomsMarinated Pork Chop Bánh mì Ciabatta Sandwiches, or Bang Bang Shrimp Salad!

Thai Shrimp Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

Thai Shrimp Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Keyword: appetizer, rice noodles, shrimp, side dish
Servings: 4


  • 8 oz cooked rice noodles (I used sliver line noodles)
  • 1 lb large or jumbo, shrimp, cooked, peeled and deveined 
  • 1/4 small red cabbage, shredded 
  • 1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced 
  • 1 small carrot, shredded 
  • 1/2 medium jalapeño, diced (seeds removed)
  • 1/2 large seedless English cucumber, cut into cubes
  • 2 green onions (scallions), sliced thinly  
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves 
  • black and white sesame seeds, for garnish
  • sriracha sauce for serving, if desired 

Peanut Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice 
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil 
  • 1/2 tbsp fish sauce 
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut aminos, or low sodium soy sauce 
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated 


  • Making the dressing:
    1. Add peanut butter to a microwave-safe liquid measuring cup or bowl and heat on high for 30 seconds.
    2. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth.
    3. Set aside until salad is assembled.
    Prepping the salad:
    1. Cook shrimp in boiling water until pink and opaque, about 2-3 minutes. You can cook them in the shells, or remove prior. Remove shrimp with slotted spoon, and return pot of water o stove.
    2. Cook noodles in the same pot, according to package directions. Drain and cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
    3. Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss well with dressing.
    4. Sever with sriracha, if desired. Can be served warm, or chilled.

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