This is a noodle-free take on the classic Japanese hiyashi chuka dish. Light and low in calories, these cold ramen zoodles made with zucchini, carrots and cucumber, are tangy, cleansing and incredibly refreshing!
This Cold Ramen Zoodles recipe was created in connection with my appointment as a contributor to the Nakano Natural and Seasoned Rice Vinegar.
Cold Ramen Zoodles (Hiyashi Chuka)
This is exactly what I needed after a weekend of carb loaded meals! Something light, cleansing and with lots of bright and tangy pops of flavors.
Hiyashi chuka is a popular Japanese summer dish consisting of ramen noodles that are topped with various ingredients such as cucumber, tomatoes, eggs and ham. It’s like a chilled noodle salad that comes with a sweet and tangy sauce packed with umami goodness. I’m substituting the noodles for zoodles for this recipe to scrap the carbs and go super light with the dish. There is nothing more refreshing than a bowl of cold ramen zoodles when the body craves something healthy, cooling and satisfying!
Making tare sauce (a general term in Japanese which means dipping sauce) is very easy: you need soy sauce, sesame oil, a little sugar and rice vinegar. Make sure you use plain rice vinegar for this – such as Nakano’s Splash-On Original rice vinegar – to get the flavor of the tare just right (more tangy than sweet). Nakano has a variety of flavored vinegars which is why they have the word Seasoned on the bottle. But their Original version is considered plain.
I’m using a mix of cucumber, zucchini and carrots to make the zoodles but you can swap one veggie for another if you prefer daikon or beets. However, I wouldn’t recommend using sweet potatoes as their natural sweetness might ruin the delicate flavor combination of the dish.
The toppings are also interchangeable. For this ramen zoodle recipe, I’ve chosen red bell peppers, eggs and tomatoes, but you can top the zoodles with just about anything you like! Ham, pork, shredded cabbage, shrimp, even sliced apples. The options truly are endless here. This is a quick and healthy recipe your whole family will love and chances are that it will become part of your weekly summer meal rotation! Get your kids involved – teach them how to make zoodles (using a spiralizer is so much fun!) and let them choose their own favorite toppings.
Other light and low-carb recipes:
- Easy orange chicken
- Healthier cream of cauliflower soup
- Japanese caprese salad
- Kani salad (crab salad)
- Watermelon, strawberry and tomatillo salad
Did you like this Cold Ramen Zoodles Recipe? Are there changes you made that you would like to share? Share your tips and recommendations in the comments section below!