I just love the fresh vibrant flavours of a noodle salad, a riot of textures and flavours - brought together with a zingy, aromatic dressing. Year-round versatility, you can incorporate whatever fresh veg or salad happens to be in season at the time, or lurking in your fridge and needs using up.
This salad could easily be a light meal on it's own or turn it into a feast - embellished with prawns, cooked chicken, fried tofu, roasted aubergine. It's also great with grilled meat and vegetables, so think about serving this with your next BBQ.
I'm pairing this noodle recipe with a sesame, ginger and soy dressing, which is lovely. It would also work well with the peanut satay dressing that I've used in the Gado Gado salad recipe, so I've included that below as well.
Try both, they are really lovely. If you want to keep the dressing gluten free, use Tamari Sauce instead of classic Soy Sauce.
For the Salad
250g Rice Vermicelli Noodles
3 Large Carrots, peeled and cut into fine strips
200g Radish, sliced
2 x Red Peppers, thinly sliced
¼ Red Cabbage, thinly sliced
200g Edamame Beans, blanched for 3-4 minutes in boiling water
1 x Bunch Spring Onions, finely sliced
½ Bunch Mint Leaves, picked and chopped
½ Bunch Coriander, finely chopped (stalks and all)
For the Dressing
2tbsp Fresh Ginger, finely grated
2 Limes, zest and juice
2tbsp Somerset Honey
2tbsp Light Soy Sauce or Tamari Soy Sauce
2tbsp Fussels Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil
2tbsp Sesame Oil
2tsp Toasted Sesame Seeds
1. Bring a kettle to the boil and soak the noodles in hot water for 5-8 minutes.
2. To make the dressing, grate the ginger and zest the limes into a bowl. Add in the lime juice, honey and soy sauce. Gradually whisk in the oils. This process should thicken up your dressing as the liquids form a temporary emulsion. Finally stir through the sesame seeds.
3. Once the noodles have soaked, drain them and rinse under cold water. Leave them in the colander so that as much of the excess water can drain away as possible.
4. Finish chopping and slicing the salad ingredients and then mix all the herbs and vegetables together.
5. Just before serving, mix through the dressing.
If you'd like to try this salad with the peanut satay dressing, here is the recipe.
For the Peanut Satay Dressing
60g Jimmy's Sate Sauce
20g Crunchy Peanut Butter
6g Sesame Oil
40g Rice Vinegar
40g Plum Sauce (or sweet chilli sauce or just sugar)
5g Minced Garlic
10g Minced Ginger
10g Cold Water
Enjoy! And don't forget to tag us @somerset.foodie (instagram) or @SomersetFoodie (facebook) if you do make this at home.
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