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A wood bowl with cold sesame noodles and slivered bell peppers, carrots and yellow chard with basil and a lime wedge and a small white bowl of sesame dressing in the background with stacked blue plates and chopsticks

Chilled Smoked Tofu & Sesame Noodle Salad

A wonderfully filling and flavorful rice noodle salad that can be made gluten-free! Made with rice noodles, smoked tofu, fresh vegetables and a delicious sesame dressing. 
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Course: Entree, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Asian, Vegan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 316kcal
Author: Linda & Alex


  • 8 ounce smoked tofu See Note
  • 8 ounce rice noodles
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 large carrot peeled into thin strips
  • 2 yellow chard leaves thinly sliced
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoon black sesame seeds


  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos to make it gluten-free
  • 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • chili garlic sauce See Note
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced or ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the noodles according to the instructions on the package. Drain and rinse in cold water and set aside.
  • While the noodles are boiling, sear the tofu for about 2 minutes per side. Slice into strips when cool enough to handle.
  • Arrange the noodles, tofu and vegetables on a plate or in a bowl and pour the dressing on top and toss to combine. Sprinkle the sesame seeds and basil leaves on top.


  • Whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl until completely combined.


Add the chili sauce slowly until the spiciness of the dressing is to your liking.
To make this gluten-free, use liquid aminos in place of the soy sauce.
We purchase our smoked tofu from Whole Foods, and most large grocery chains carry prepared tofu. If you can't find it, you can marinate firm pressed tofu in a ½ cup (120 ml) of soy sauce or liquid aminos with 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke or smoked paprika overnight. 
The Nutrition Facts are an estimate only. 


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 700mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5265IU | Vitamin C: 47.5mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 2.8mg
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