Cellophane Noodle Salad

  • Active Time 5m
  • Total Time 30m

Serves 4

Cellophane noodles (also called bean threads) are fine, translucent threads made from the starch of green mung bean and tapioca starch. When soaked they become shiny and slippery and are enjoyed because they absorb the flavors of other foods. Cellophane noodles are traditional throughout Asia, and are used extensively in salads and soups in Japan as well as throughout all regions of China. This cold dish is considered an appetizer or side-dish to a meal.


  • For Dressing:
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice from the Chinese pickles
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • For Salad:
  • 2 ounces cellophane noodles (fun si)
  • 3/4 cup julienned seeded cucumber
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrot
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese pickles, julienned


FOR DRESSING: Combine all dressing ingredients in small saucepan and simmer for 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.

FOR SALAD: Soak noodles in warm water for 20 minutes. Drain and cut into 4-inch lengths.

TO SERVE: Mix together noodles, carrots, pickles, and cucumber in small salad bowl. Pour on dressing and toss to combine. Chill and serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

RecID 2572

nutrition information per serving

104 calories; 0g total fat; 0mg cholesterol; 24mg sodium; 26g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 0g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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