12 Light and Healthy Rice Noodle Recipes

They're Delicious Hot or Cold

Finished Chicken Pad See Ew

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Served cold, hot, or somewhere in between, rice noodles are a light and healthy alternative to heavy pastas and a fantastic dinner option during warm weather months. They're also gluten free, making many of these recipes a fit for family members with special dietary needs. Take your pick of more classic noodle stir fries, cold noodle salads, and other exciting preparations from the list below.

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    Thai Crispy Rice Noodles

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    Love the crispy rice noodles you get in Thai food restaurants? Now you can make them all by yourself at home. This recipe for crispy rice noodles has them placed in a lettuce wrap, but they’re also tasty on salads or just as a snack.

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    Gluten Free Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

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    This Thai take on a comfort-food classic is a delicious way to use up leftover chicken or turkey. Add your favorite vegetables as well as lemongrass and other herbs and you’ve got a winning dinner, especially in the cold-weather months.

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    Easy Brown Rice Vermicelli Noodles With Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms

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    Vermicelli noodles get an extra boost of nutrition by using brown rice instead of white. This recipe combines stir fried shiitake mushrooms with bok choy and bean sprouts for added crunch, plus chilies for a slight kick. For a completely vegetarian version, replace the fish sauce with either vegetarian fish sauce or soy sauce.

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    Easy Gluten-Free Vegan Thai Fried Rice Noodles

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    Vegans rejoice! One of the many great things about rice noodles is most are vegan-friendly. This Thai stir fry brings together a variety of delicious vegetables and seasonings, like tofu, shiitake mushrooms, peppers, galangal, and chili sauce.

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    Anytime Noodles With Stir-Fried Vegetables

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    These “anytime” noodles are a great way to use up leftover vegetables from dinner the night before or the excess harvest from your backyard garden or farm share. Feel free to sub in any veggies you think might taste good together, but this recipe recommends Napa cabbage, spinach, carrots, onions, and scallions.

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    Chicken Pad See Ew

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    The classic pad see ew includes broad rice noodles, which are kept refrigerated and can be purchased either in the Asian foods section of your supermarket or at any Asian food specialty store. The marinade is the most important part and super easy to make with just oyster sauce, soy sauce, and brown sugar.

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    Thai Rice Noodle Salad With Chili-Lime Vinaigrette Recipe

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    This recipe is served cold with a chili lime vinaigrette. Perfect for a backyard BBQ, block party, or picnic during the summer, this noodle salad is hard to beat. Just be sure to eat it all quickly, as the noodles tend to dry out after a day or two.

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    Chicken Long Rice

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    Chicken long rice is originally a Chinese dish, but it was introduced to and adopted by native Hawaiians in the 19th century and made a staple at luaus. Long rice is a type of dry rice noodle made from starch, often referred to cellophane noodles.

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    Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Lemongrass Beef (Bun Bo Xao)

    Connie Veneracion

    A classic Vietnamese meal, bun bo xao is a light dish that layers together rice noodles, pickled vegetables, and marinated beef, with garnishes of roasted peanuts, fried shallots, and herbs. It's surprisingly quick to pull together, which is surprising for how nuanced the flavors are.

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    Singapore Noodles With Rice Vermicelli

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    This classic Singaporean specialty is made with curried rice noodles that lend the dish its distinct yellow color. This particular recipe includes shrimp, but it can be swapped out for other types of seafood, darker meat, or even tofu as a vegetarian option.

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    Easy Thai Vegetarian Rice Noodles with Basil

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    Once you try this Thai-style pesto sauce, it may become your new go-to way to use up fresh pesto. In this preparation, the sauce is simply combined with rice noodles, but you can bulk it up with chicken, tofu, or another protein of choice.

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    Stir Fried Shrimp and Rice Noodles

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    Stir fries are the perfect meal to make when you’re in a rush, but looking for a takeout alternative. This super healthy delicious stir fried shrimp and rice noodles may just save tonight's family dinner.