Yum Woon Sen -Thai Glass Noodle Salad with Ginger Lime Dressing

Yum Woon Sen is a refreshing Thai Glass Noodle Salad with fresh chopped vegetables, herbs and a zingy Ginger Lime Dressing. Fans of Thai Cuisine will love this quick and healthy recipe!

Thai Glass Noodle Salad Yum Woon Sen with Lime Dressing

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This Thai Glass Noodle Salad might not look very flamboyant, but believe me, there’s a lot of flavor going on! Not in the same way as in many other incredibly spicy Thai dishes! No, it is definitely more subtle, with that perfect balance of spicy, tangy and sweet!  That’s what I love so much about Yum Woon Sen. It is simple but oh so perfect!

Healthy Thai Glass Noodle Salad with Ginger Lime Dressing

Yum Woon Sen is basically a cold or lukewarm-served salad of naturally gluten – free glass noodles sprinkled with fresh vegetables, crispy pork and crushed peanuts. The whole affair is tossed with a zingy ginger and lime dressing to achieve Thai Food perfection.

I gotta admit that we have become rather obsessed with this quick and healthy Thai glass noodle dish this summer. There’s so much goodness going on in this salad and it is so fun to eat ! A real wake-up call for your taste buds! From the tart lime juice and aromatic cilantro to the crunchy peanuts and chewy noodles, then the saltiness of the soy – and fish sauce, and the savory notes of the crisp, almost caramelized pork, contrasted by the sweetness of the carrots freshly harvested from our garden. Perfection!

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I love cooking with glass noodles as they take no time at all to prepare!  You’ll find them in Asian supermarkets but there’s a pretty good chance, that your local grocery store carries them as well, They are sometimes labeled differently, so you might want to check for mung bean noodles, or bean threads, as well. Yum Sen noodles are made from mung bean starch and are naturally gluten-free! They turn almost transparent when cooked and are surprisingly stretchy coming out of the hot water. I recommend you cut them up into a more manageable length using kitchen scissors!

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I know you will love this Thai Glass Noodle Salad just as much as we do. It does not require a lot of cooking experience and only takes 30 minutes to put together. You can feel free to add any vegetables you have in the fridge, so it is perfect to get rid of odd bits and bobs.

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Thai Glass Noodle Salad - Yum Woon Sen

a healthy, refreshing Thai Glass Noodle Salad made with gluten-free glass noodles, fresh vegetables, herbs and seasoned with a zingy ginger lime dressing! Quick and easy to make within 30 minutes! 

Course dinner, main, Salad, Snack
Cuisine Asia, thailand
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 portions
Calories 642 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson


  • 150 g dried glass noodles
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 250 g minced pork shrimp or chopped firm tofu
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 limes
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce or more soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1,5 cm fresh ginger root, grated
  • 1 small red Thai Chili, minced
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced or julienned
  • 4 spring onions, sliced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 40 g roasted peanuts


  1. Put the glass noodles in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let them sit for about 10 minutes.

  2. In the meantime bring a pot with 1 l of water to a boil and heat a middle sized pan with 1 tsp of oil. Add the minced pork let fry for about 5 minutes, breaking the pieces apart with a fork as it fries. Add a pinch of salt and let fry for another 3 minutes, then add the garlic and fry for another minute until the garlic looses its raw smell. Put aside.

  3. Take noodles from soaking water and add them to the pot of boiling water.  Let them sit in the water for a minute, then drain and rinse with cold water. Cut them into smaller pieces with your kitchen scissors. 

  4. Juice the limes into a small bowl and add the soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, ginger and brown sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. If it doesn't, put it in the microwave for a couple of seconds and stir again.

  5. Set some peanuts and cilantro aside for decoration.  Combine all the ingredients including dressing in a bowl and mix well. You want the dressing to coat the noodles properly. Sprinkle with peanuts and cilantro and serve.

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  1. This salad was made for me – I just love all of those flavours! And I’m very intrigued by “thai glass noodles” . The name just sounds so pretty! I’m surprised I have never heard of them.

    • Hi Terri! I am happy you like the recipe and I am sure you would enjoy the salad. Glass Noodles tend to be in the imported noodle department, often next to vermicelli rice noodles. The noodle varieties at grocery stores can sometimes be a bit overwhelming but I am sure you will find them! They make for such a nice change from regular pasta. Have a great weekend

  2. Lovely mix of flavours 🙂 Great!

  3. This looks so incredibly delicious! I’m such a sucker for noodle-y dishes with a zing of lime and fresh veggies, and I’m always looking for new recipes to step outside of my comfort zone with my tried and true ones. Definitely saving this 🙂

    • Hi Dana! That makes me really happy! It’s always fun to try out new things! Especially when you already know that you will probably like it! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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