Spicy tofu tahini noodle salad

Whip up this easy noodle salad. With minimal cooking involved, it helps on the energy usage front. Switch up the veg depending on what’s in season

  • Prep:35 mins
    Cook:10 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 615
  • fat 30g
  • saturates 4g
  • carbs 62g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 9g
  • protein 19g
  • salt 0.9g


  • 150g carrots (about 2 medium), cut into matchsticks
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar , or any other vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey or sugar
  • 4 nests rice noodles of your choice, such as brown (about 250g)
  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp Korean red pepper flakes or pul biber
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1-2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 40g sunflower seeds
  • 5 tbsp tahini
  • 300g silken tofu
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 150g white cabbage , sprouts or any other cabbage, thinly shredded
  • 50g soft herbs of your choice (such as coriander, mint, dill or a mixture), leaves picked
  • 3 spring onions , trimmed and finely sliced


  1. Tip the carrots into a heatproof bowl. Pour the vinegar into a small pan with 3 tbsp water and the honey or sugar. Add a pinch of salt, bring to the boil, then immediately pour this over the carrots and leave to pickle while you prepare the rest of the dish, stirring occasionally.

  2. Cook the noodles following pack instructions until tender, then drain, rinse under cold running water and drain again. Alternatively, if you prefer warm noodles, cook them at the end just before serving, without rinsing afterwards.

  3. Heat the sunflower oil in a small pan over a medium heat. Tip the red pepper flakes, cumin, chilli flakes and a large pinch of salt into a small heatproof bowl. When the oil is shimmering (be careful not to let it smoke), carefully pour it over the spice mixture in the bowl, stirring to coat everything in the oil. Set aside.

  4. Return the pan to a medium-low heat and toast the sunflower seeds for 3-5 mins until just turning golden. Remove from the heat. Mix the tahini and a pinch of salt with 5-6 tbsp water in a small bowl until smooth and pourable. Set aside.

  5. Put the tofu in a shallow bowl or on a plate, break it apart slightly and spoon over the soy sauce and the chilli oil you made in step 3.

  6. Divide the noodles between serving bowls and top with the tahini sauce, cabbage, pickled carrots, tofu, toasted sunflower seeds, herbs and spring onions. Drizzle over the carrot pickling liquid and serve.

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