Cold Sesame Noodles

serves 4

recipe adapted from Real Simple Magazine

  • 3 packages ramen noodles (without flavor packets)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 scallions, chopped, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup tahini (peanut butter can be substituted)
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • kosher salt
  • 1 persian cucumber, diced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • toasted sesame seeds, for serving
  • toasted sesame seed oil, for serving

Cook the ramen according to package directions; drain and rinse under cold water.

Cook the red pepper flakes in the oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat until sizzling, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in scallions, tahini, vinegar, soy sauce and 3 tablespoons water. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Toss with pasta in a large serving bowl. Serve topped with cucumber, carrot,  sesame seeds, sliced scallions and a drizzle of toasted sesame oil.