Cold Sesame Noodles with Vegetables

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Serves 6

I love this as a side dish. We make many versions but this one is great with good summer vegetables.

1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon Sriracha (hot chili sauce)
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
8 cups matchstick-size pieces mixed summer vegetables (such as carrots, radishes, cucumbers, and bell peppers; about 1 1/4 pounds)
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
8 ounces buckwheat soba (Japanese-style noodles) or spaghetti
1 cup (loosely packed) cilantro leaves with tender stems
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon black or white sesame seeds

Whisk rice vinegar, oil, Sriracha, and sesame oil in a large bowl. Add vegetables; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente; drain. Run noodles under cold water to cool them; drain well and add to bowl with vegetables. Add cilantro and scallions; season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle sesame seeds over and serve.

*** Note:
If noodles are too sticky, add 2 tablespoons of hot water and toss.

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