diberry - 5:25 pm on Nov 4, 2013 (gmt 0)
On some sites, I maintain a "press page" with a paragraph at the top on how these are some of the websites which have found my site useful or valuable. That's a standard thing to do in business from before the web existed, so I'd be surprised if Google misinterpreted it (and I don't believe they have in my case). The trick is to make it clear that it's more thought-through than, say, little blogs adding one another to their sidebar blogrolls way back when.
But if that still makes you nervous, noindex really should work. It lets Google know your intention with this page has nothing to do with them. It doesn't transfer link juice. It doesn't benefit you in Google, it just shows your visitors that others find you useful. Though I personally like to have these pages indexed so they can show up as sitelinks - sometimes visitors are impressed and become more likely to click through when they see these pages.