Vegan Thai Sunflower Noodles

by | November 3, 2019

Looking for a fresh take on the classic vegan pad thai?

This dish from recipe creator Elise Chami of Salad Wife puts a new twist on classic peanut thai noodles. And not only is this recipe delicious — it’s nut-allergy friendly!

Whether you’re packing it in your little one’s lunch box or serving it as a wholesome dinner for the whole family, this dish is sure to be enjoyed by noodle lovers of all kinds.

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Vegan Thai Sunflower Noodles


  • 1 package of linguine noodles 12oz
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (optional)


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger 
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup sesame butter 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar 
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce 


  • 1/4 red pepper chopped into strips 
  • 1/4 orange pepper chopped into strips
  • 1/4 yellow pepper chopped into strips
  • 1 cup chopped purple cabbage 

Finishing Touches

  • 1/4 cup green onion for garnish 
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 
  • 2 limes, each cut into 4 pieces 


1. First, boil the noodles according to the package instructions. 

2. Once the noodles are finished cooking, drain them and toss with 1 tablespoon sesame oil. (Optional) If you decide to omit the sesame oil, drain the noodles and transfer back to the large pot and set aside. 

2. To make the sauce, heat the olive oil in a small pot, then add the garlic and ginger and stir for 30 seconds. Then add remaining ingredients to the mixture and stir until it is all combined. 

3. Remove the sauce from the heat and pour it over the noodles, then stir it into the noodles and set the mixture aside. 

4. To make the vegetables, add the peppers to a pan over medium high heat. Saute them for 1 minute until they are scorched slightly.

5. Add the cabbage and saute 30 seconds, or until it is hot. 

6. Add the vegetables into the pot with the noodles and sesame sauce. 

7. To serve, garnish with some extra sesame seeds, green onions, and a slice of lime. If you like it spicy, add some sriracha, hot chilis, or red pepper flakes. Enjoy!

A Few Tips

If the sesame sauce is too thick, you can add a bit of water or oil to thin to the desired texture.

Can’t get enough peanut butter? Swap the sunflower seed butter and seeds for peanut butter and chopped peanuts.

You can find more recipes from Elise on her blog, and follow her on Instagram.


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