Saturday, August 11, 2012

Cold Sesame Noodle Salad

There's probably no other food that tops pasta in my book. I could eat pasta all day, everyday. But make it an asian-style noodle with a spicy sauce? I'm in heaven.

This was actually a surprisingly easy salad to make. It makes a lot, another plus since I've been eating this for lunch all week. The hubby loved it, but that didn't really surprise me. I haven't been cooking much due to our situation, and it's hard to find healthy dishes that fit everyone in the household's taste buds. It was nice to make a big batch of this, and have a healthy go-to meal all week. I think I'm looking forward to having my own kitchen back the most!

Anyhoo, I based this recipe on the Pioneer Woman's recipe, and just threw in the extras that I wanted to add:

12 ounces thin chow mein noodles
1 cucumber, julienned
1 cup carrot, shredded
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp garlic, minced
2 tbsp rice vinegar
3 tbsp sesame oil
3/4-1 tsp hot chile oil
2 tbsp canola oil
sesame seeds, for garnish
thinly sliced green onions, for garnish

1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Rinse and drain under cold water. Add to a large salad bowl.
2. Add cucumber and carrot to the noodles.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce through canola oil. Drizzle over salad. Gently toss salad to combine.
4. Garnish salad with sesame seeds and green onions. Chill in fridge for at least 1 hour.
5. Dig in :)

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