Gluten Free Thai Noodle Salad

With crisp, fresh veggies and a creamy peanut dressing- this gluten free Thai noodle salad makes an easy weeknight dinner, simple lunch, or picnic staple!

Summertime is all about cold salads. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of most of them. Cole slaw and potato salad- at least in their usual form- are not filling up my picnic basket!

I have a thing with's so gross! But sometimes, a cold salad sounds delightful on a warm, summer day! Luckily, this Thai noodle salad is best enjoyed cold! Fresh, crunchy, and satisfying- it's also easy to prepare, gluten free, and ready in 30 minutes or less! 

I like to think of this dish as pad Thai in salad form. With lots of textures- soft, creamy, crisp, crunchy- it is sure to please everyone! You can even sauté some or all of the veggies, more like a stir fry. And, with leftover chicken and raw veggies- it can be ready in 15 minutes! Really, as long as it takes you to whisk a dressing, toss salad ingredients in a bowl, and cook some noodles.

Simple to prepare, yet fun and tasty enough for your next picnic or backyard BBQ! And, with no dairy or mayo products, no need to worry about any ingredients that may spoil! But, for best results- I'd suggest mixing in the dressing only if you're going to consume within the next 24 hours. Otherwise, I'd suggest storing separately and adding the dressing just before serving.


  • Easy to prepare! It can be ready in 30 minutes or less with fresh, healthy ingredients! 
  • Great for healthy meal-prep! Filled with fresh vegetables, chicken, and gluten free noodles- It keeps well in the fridge and you will look forward to eating it all week! 
  • So much flavor with simple ingredients! 90% of the time, I have all of these ingredients in the fridge and pantry. The sauce only uses 5 ingredients, but I've also used a Thai almond sauce from Thrive Market, and even seen a Thai peanut sauce at Target that would be amazing in this recipe!
  • Easy to customize! Choose your favorite veggies, protein, and sauce. Chicken, beef, pork, peppers, broccoli, carrots, Brussels sprouts, snap peas, peanut dressing, Thai almond dressing, lime many possibilities!

Gluten Free Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

Ingredients in Gluten Free Thai Noodle Salad

  • Gluten Free Pasta
  • Cabbage or Cole Slaw Mix
  • Bell Peppers
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Edamame
  • Scallions
  • Cilantro

Thai Peanut Sauce

This simple sauce features creamy peanut butter! Perfect drizzled over a salad or used as a dip for chicken satay or even chicken fingers!

Peanut Butter

Coconut Aminos or Soy Sauce

Lime Juice

Olive Oil

Orange Juice

Sesame Oil (optional)

Sriracha (optional)

Are Thai noodles served hot or cold?

Thai noodles are terrific served at any temperature! Thai noodles can be served warm in dishes like pad Thai and stir fries. These noodles can also be served cold mostly in salads.

Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

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Gluten Free Thai Noodle Salad

With crisp, fresh veggies and a creamy peanut dressing- this gluten free Thai noodle salad makes an easy weeknight dinner, simple lunch, or picnic staple!



  • 6 - 8 oz. Thai noodles
  • 12 - 14 oz. shredded cabbage or cole slaw mix
  • 3 bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 c. shredded carrots
  • 1 lb. cooked chicken, sliced
  • 1/2 c. edamame, shelled
  • Scallions
  • Cilantro
  • Optional: chopped peanuts

Peanut Dressing

  • 4 Tbsp. peanut butter (1/4 c.)
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • Juice of one lime (2 Tbsp.)
  • 1 - 2 tsp. orange juice
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • Optional: 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • Optional: sriracha
  • Heat a large saucepan, filled halfway with water. Cook noodles according to package directions. Once tender, drain.
  • In a large bowl, mix the cabbage, bell peppers, carrots, chicken, and noodles. Then, top with edamame, scallions, and cilantro.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the peanut butter, coconut aminos, lime juice, orange juice, and olive oil. Pour over the salad and toss until well combined. Or serve individual salads and allow everyone to add their own dressing.


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