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Keto Chinese Noodle Salad (Low Carb, Primal, Gluten-free)

Creamy Keto Chinese Noodle Salad makes a great no-cook dinner or lunch, with delicious low carb and grain-free noodles and Asian dressing. Super fast and easy!
Course DInner, lunch
Cuisine American, Asian, Chinese
Keyword chinese, gluten-free, keto, low carb, noodle, palmini, salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 287kcal
Author Megan
Cost $10



  • 2 cans Palmini "noodles" (Linguine style)
  • 2 large chicken breasts optional, you can also use large cooked shrimp (or sliced omelette etc.)
  • 1 small red bell pepper sliced
  • 1/2 large cucumber , peeled, sliced in half, and sliced diagonally
  • 1 cup bamboo shoots , drained and rinsed
  • 3 greens of green onions , sliced at an angle
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup real fermented soy sauce OR for Gluten-free, use Organic Tamari, like this; for Primal: coconut aminos (you may need a bit more salt with this option, to taste)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro , divided: chop 3 T. for the salad, and mince 1 T. for the dressing
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil , toasted
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger , grated or minced
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black or white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Optional garnishes: peanuts and/or sesame seeds
  • Optional: 1/16th teaspoon xanthan gum This may be blended into the dressing, so it best coats the salad ingredients. See Notes for Instructions. (I do personally like to thicken my dressing, and recommend it.)


  • Place Palmini noodles in fine mesh colander. Rinse and drain well. Add them to a large mixing bowl.
    two cans of Palmini noodles
  • Add to bowl: red bell peppers, cucumber, bamboo shoots, green onions and chopped fresh cilantro.
    noodle salad ingredients in bowl
  • Use a whisk and small mixing bowl to assemble the dressing. Add to bowl: sour cream, soy sauce (or coconut aminos), toasted sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger, minced fresh cilantro, pepper and sea salt. Whisk to combine.
    ingredients for dressing in measuring cup with whisk
  • Pour half the dressing over the noodles. Toss well to coat. Serve individual salads or spoon into a large serving bowl. Pour remaining dressing into small pitcher, to pass with the salad, for those who want more dressing.
    pouring more dressing over keto creamy noodle salad
  • Top salads with protein of choice. (You can also toss the protein in with the salad, if preferred.) Garnish with optional peanuts and/or sesame seeds.


How to thicken the dressing

This delicious creamy dressing can be thickened so it best coats the salad. To do this, you can whisk xanthan gum in really thoroughly (which works great), or use a blender (or small food processor. Small blenders work best, because the dressing recipe is small).

By hand

  1. Follow the Instructions from Step 3 above. Before whisking together, sprinkle xanthan over the surface, then quickly and vigorously whisk it in, until you see the dressing thicken. About 30 seconds of vigorous whisking. If you see any tiny bits of xanthan, whisk a bit more.
  2. Pour over salad, and toss to coat.


  1. Place all salad dressing ingredients (except the fresh cilantro and xanthan) into the blender. Right before blending, sprinkle xanthan over the surface. Put on lid, and purée until smooth, about 20 seconds.
  2. Pour over salad, adding the fresh cilantro, and toss to coat.


Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 791mg | Potassium: 588mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1212IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg