Asian Noodle Salad

I’m not what you would call a “salad-eating chick”. It’s not that I don’t like salads, I appreciate a good Caesar salad or salad topped with blue cheese, but it’s rare that I crave salad. But this salad….it had made convert out of me. I enjoyed it so much the first time I made it, I made it again the next week.

This salad is very fresh, light, and tasty. It has the perfect blend of salty from the soy, tart from the lime, sweet from a little sugar, with just a hint of spicy from Sriracha (one of my favorite condiments). You can add whatever vegetables you want so it’s very versatile, and as long as you can boil water and chop vegetables it’s super easy to make. If you can’t find soba noodles, you can just boil up whatever long pasta you have, like spaghetti or linguine, and add it to the salad. This makes a lot of salad, so you can keep it in the fridge and eat it all week long for lunch.

Asian Noodle Salad

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as adapted from Pioneer Woman

For the salad:

  • 1 12-oz package of soba noodles (you can use spaghetti, angel hair, of any long pasta)
  • 1 small head of red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 bag of pre-washed baby spinach
  • 1/2 bag of pre-washed thin-cut carrots
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped fine

For the dressing:

  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 6 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 6 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 cloves Garlic Chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili sauce (like Sriracha)
  • Chopped Cilantro

Cook noodles to package directions and rinse with cold water to cool. Mix all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.

Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl and pour over salad. Mix with your hands or tongs and serve.

Note: Other salad ingredients I’ve tried and are equally delicious: snow peas, shredded napa cabbage, thin-sliced red and orange bell peppers, bean sprouts, and sliced green onions. I’ve also added peanut butter to the dressing to make an almost Thai-like peanut sauce, just don’t add as much sugar since peanut butter is already a little sweet. Also, if your craving a little more protein, the salad is tasty with some sauteed shrimp or grilled chicken on top!

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