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This tomato lime shrimp cold noodle salad recipe is courtesy of Stephanie and Mike Le of i am a food blog and authors of That Noodle Life: Soulful, Savory, Spicy, Slurpy (Workman Publishing, 2021). Enjoy!

Tomato Lime Shrimp Cold Noodle Salad

Stephanie and Mike Le
This citrus-forward cold noodle salad is the perfect warm-weather meal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Entrée
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 150 kcal


  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Thai chili stemmed and sliced (optional)
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4 bundles rice vermicelli threads 3 ounces each
  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 or 3 ribs celery cut diagonally into 2-inch strips (see note)
  • 1 pint mini heirloom cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 or 3 green onions thinly sliced


  • Make the dressing: Using a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic, sugar, and Thai chili, if using, into a paste (alternatively, finely mince the garlic and chili into a fine paste, then add the sugar). Transfer to a small bowl and stir in the lime juice, fish sauce, and ½ cup of water. Set aside.
  • Cook the vermicelli according to the package directions. Drain, rinse in cold running water, then drain well.
  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Prepare a bowl of ice water. Boil the shrimp until plump, pink, and firm, 2 to 3 minutes, then use a slotted spoon to immediately transfer them to the ice water bath. Once cool, drain well.
  • Place the noodles in a large serving bowl and add the shrimp, celery, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and green onions. Drizzle with the dressing to taste and toss to combine, then serve immediately.


Note: Celery leaves are deliciously delicate and complex. If your celery comes with the leaves attached, you should totally add them to the salad in Step 4.
This recipe has been excerpted from That Noodle Life: Soulful, Savory, Spicy, Slurpy by Stephanie and Mike Le. Photography by Michael Le. Workman Publishing © 2022.


Calories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 18gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 1407mgPotassium: 620mgFiber: 2gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1309IUVitamin C: 39mgCalcium: 115mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Salad, Cold noodle salad
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