An overhead shot of cold rice noodle salad in a white bowl with chopsticks, cashews, and chili flakes to the side

Vegan Noodle Bowls

This cool and refreshing Vegan Noodle Bowl is totally vegan and gluten-free, and has a zippy peanut sauce to complement. You can mix and match the vegetables as you see fit, which makes this healthy recipe family-friendly and versatile as well!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Noodle Bowl
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 564 kcal
Author Katie Trant


  • 14 ounce rice noodles
  • 8 ounces firm tofu diced
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter preferably smooth
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce or liquid aminos
  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes or to taste
  • 1 medium red bell pepper sliced into thin strips
  • 1 small kohlrabi peeled and sliced into matchsticks
  • 1/2 large long english cucumber sliced into sticks
  • 1 can baby corn drained and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 large mango peeled and diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews
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  1. Cook the rice noodles according to package directions. Once cooked, drain, rinse well with cold water, and toss with a bit of sesame oil to loosen up. Set aside. 

  2. Heat 2 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp toasted sesame oil in a large heavy-bottomed skillet. 

  3. Add the cubed tofu to the pan, and cook over medium-high heat until the tofu is nicely browned on all sides. This should take around 10 minutes. 

  4. While the tofu is cooking, prepare the sauce. 

  5. Whisk the peanut butter, rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, chili flakes, and toasted sesame oil in a bowl. Set aside. 

  6. When the tofu is done browning, allow it to cool slightly, and then add the tofu to the sauce to marinate while you prepare the vegetables. 

  7. Slice the red pepper into thin strips. 

  8. Peel the kohlrabi, and slice into pencil-thick slices, and then stack those up and slice into matchsticks. 

  9. Slice the cumber into matchsticks of a similar size to the kohlrabi. 

  10. Slice the baby corn in half or quarters lengthwise. 

  11. Peel and dice the mango. 

  12. To serve the cold rice noodle salad, divide the noodles amongst six bowls. Top with marinated tofu and sauce, sliced vegetables, mango, cilantro, and cashews. 

  13. Alternately, serve buffet style so people can assemble their own salads. 

Recipe Notes

Nutrition values are an estimate only. 

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Noodle Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 564 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 746mg31%
Potassium 403mg12%
Carbohydrates 83g28%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 945IU19%
Vitamin C 29.6mg36%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.