Cold Almond Butter Noodle Bowl


I have a few recipes I rotate through for potlucks. And recently when I went to a potluck, my tried and true potato salad just didn’t cut it. Nobody was really into it, despite it normally being a very popular item. So I knew I had to switch things up.

Enter Almond Butter Noodle Bowl!


Not only is this Thai-inspired dish more vibrant & pretty, it comes together much more quickly than the potato salad. I did actually cook everything and then let it chill, which really let the flavours meld & marinate. Wish I had more (and better!) pictures to share, but that’s the price of a popular dish hastily whipped up when you’re late to a potluck that gets gobbled up within minutes!


Cold Almond Butter Noodle Bowl

3 oz. of brown rice noodles
1 8oz. block of firm tofu, cubed
1 tbsp of coconut oil
4 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
3 stalks of celery, thinly sliced
1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced (lengthwise)
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tbsp of ginger, minced

Almond Butter Sauce
1/4 cup each of sesame oil, soy sauce, almond butter & warm water
1 tbsp each of rice vinegar & maple syrup
the juice of a lime

Start by cooking your noodles. While they cook, start prepping and cooking your veggies.
Heat a large wok on the stove to medium heat and add a tablespoon of coconut oil. Sautée the carrots and ginger for 3 minutes or until they have softened. Add the celery & bell pepper and sautée for another couple of minutes. Set aside. Heat the same wok on the stove with another tablespoon of coconut and cook up the cubed tofu for 7-10 minutes, until it starts to turn golden.
For the sauce – just whisk everything together (or blend!) in a bowl. Once the veggies have cooked, add the cucumber, noodles, tofu & sauce and combine until everything is well coated. Remove from heat and allow it to cool and then refrigerate until ready to serve. I added some fresh cilantro and lime wedges for garnish. Voilà!


I’m heading out for another potluck this weekend and bringing this along.

What’s your favourite potluck dish right now?

20 thoughts on “Cold Almond Butter Noodle Bowl

  1. Kimmy this looks amazing! I’m going to bring this to my next get together! I love Thai anything so I’m sure this will be a big hit.

    Right now for potlucks I’m liking my orzo salad (that I just posted on my blog) and if it’s an indoor potluck which we sometimes do at work, I make a hot spinach and artichoke dip. Which reminds me, I should probably get around to posting that soon – everyone seems to love it.

    1. Aw thank you Mary Ellen! It turned out pretty well.

      Yes, I saw the orzo salad, it looks so good!! Perfect summer food. Oooh spinach & artichoke dip is so good too. You need to post that. My husband is an artichoke dip freak =)

  2. I don’t know which I like better…cold noodle salad or almond butter…so it’s perfect that they’re together in one bowl! It’s been so hot in the city for the past week, and our air conditioner completely died. So we are not turning the oven or stove on for ANYTHING. I’m thinking I need to make this with zucchini noodles so I don’t need to even boil water! So delicious sounding. Thanks for giving me a Friday night dinner plan!

    1. It’s a pretty good combo! I heard you guys were getting some crazy hot weather. And you shipped it out here! We’re getting the hot weather tomorrow & Friday. Your A/C died??? Nooooo! I think it would be really good with zoodles =)
      Thanks Heather! Stay cool 😉

  3. I can’t believe people would say no to potato salad! Potatoes are essential for life!
    But this looks like a lovely alternative, so full of colour! Would be great for a hot day.

    1. I was pretty surprised myself! It went so well the first few times I made it. But last time I actually had to throw most of it out :(
      I can’t imagine ever having to throw this out!
      Thanks Susan =)

  4. This noodle bowl looks so delicious Kimmy! It is somewhat similar to a Thai noodle salad that I usually make for potlucks/family get-togethers – although without the almond butter sauce – but I really want to try your version now! I’m not surprised this dish disappeared so quickly at the potluck! 😀

  5. I’ve been looking forward to reading this recipe. I can’t wait to make your almond butter sauce. I can just imagine how delectable this dish will be! Thank you for sharing this healthy and delicious Cold Almond Butter Noodle Bowl recipe with us at the Plant-Based Potluck Party. I’m pinning and sharing.

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