Mango Noodle Salad with Cilantro Coconut Milk Dressing

Bowl of pasta and arugula, topped with pan-fried tofu slabs.

this mango noodle salad with cilantro coconut milk dressing is perfect when you want something carb-y and fruit-y for lunch, all sauced up with a herby dressing.

the lazy days of summer have hit. motivation at work is pretty low, though i did get added to a new project that i’m excited about and likening to a playground. i’m antsy for august and september, since i have a few trips (fun and work) coming up. already daydreaming about dragging my coworkers to get these doughnuts with me, knowing i’ll be ordering too much at denver biscuit co., and wishing that this (prickly pear!!) ice cream was closer to where i’m actually going to be staying.

in the meantime, i’m making mango noodle salad with cilantro coconut milk dressing. it’s from top with cinnamon, with a few tweaks: added some arugula and pickled carrots, and subbed tofu for the halloumi. the greens help add peppery freshness to what otherwise can be a bit light on the vegetables, and i’m convinced that quick pickles work with 99% of savory dishes. the mango and pineapple are delicious ofc, but the creamy, spicy dressing is the star here. if you took thai curry and stuck it in a swimsuit, that’s this cilantro coconut milk dressing.

Pasta salad with fruit, tossed with cilantro coconut milk dressing and topped with golden-brown crispy tofu.

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5 from 2 votes
Bowl of pasta and arugula, topped with pan-fried tofu slabs.
Mango Noodle Salad with Cilantro Coconut Milk Dressing
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
This mango noodle salad has plenty of sweet fruit, peppery greens and crispy tofu, along with a fragrant cilantro coconut milk dressing.
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Fusion, thai
Keyword: arugula, carrots, cashews, cilantro, coconut milk, dairy-free, dinner, edamame, egg-free, entree, fruit, lunch, main course, mango, noodles, pasta, pasta salad, pickles, pineapple, summer, tofu, vegetables, vegetarian
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 479 kcal
Mango Noodle Salad
  • 1 carrot thinly sliced
  • 1 T rice wine vinegar
  • 1 T granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup frozen shelled edamame
  • 5 1/2 oz dry soba or udon noodles
  • 4 1/2 oz tofu cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
  • 4 oz arugula or spinach or other salad greens
  • 1/2 large ripe mango peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup chopped pineapple
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced
  • 2 T coarsely chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup toasted cashews coarsely chopped
Cilantro Coconut Milk Dressing
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves finely chopped
  • 1" knob ginger peeled and minced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1 T granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  1. Combine the cucumber, vinegar and sugar; mix until the cucumber is coated. Let marinate for at least 15 minutes, while you prep everything else.
  2. Put the edamame in a colander in the sink. Cook the noodles in a saucepan of boiling water, then pour the noodles and cooking water over the frozen edamame in the colander. Let sit for 30 seconds to thaw the edamame, then rinse under water to prevent the noodles from clumping.
  3. Heat a dry, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the tofu and cook until golden on the first side, 5-10 minutes, then flip and cook on the other side. Remove from the pan.
  4. Mix all the dressing ingredients together.
  5. Toss the noodles and edamame with the arugula, mango, scallions, basil, and nuts. Divide the salad between 3 plates and top with the dressing and tofu.
Recipe Notes

Adapted slightly from Izy Hossack’s The Savvy Cook.

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8 Replies to “Mango Noodle Salad with Cilantro Coconut Milk Dressing”

  1. Oh goodness, this sounds so wonderful!!! I love all of the ingredients, and I need to start using tofu more. I used to make it so often, and just somehow stopped!

  2. i do love edamame! this sounds very refreshing, and full of flavour. will have to wait till summer to try it. cheers sherry

  3. This is definitely my kind of meal, Heather! Anything with coconut milk and I’m a happy girl.5 stars

  4. The temperatures are crazy high over here and this one is absolutely must do ! If any leftovers, it could be my perfect office lunch for the next day also.
    Thank you so much for this wonderful idea !5 stars

  5. This looks incredibly delicious! I think i like the addition of tofu much better than haloumi as well 🙂

  6. Looks so healthy and yummy!

  7. This noodle salad looks amazing and such wonderful fresh flavours. Perfect for summer!

  8. Oooh, have fun with your upcoming trips. The expensed life is the way to go haha. The mango noodle salad looks delicious! I love that you always try to infuse your dishes with different flavors.

    Nancy ♥

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