Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Asian Crunch Salad

I made this awhile back, and a co-worker really liked it. She wanted the recipe so I thought I would post it here, too.
I'm sure the recipe belongs to Nakano Rice Vinegar but I know I got the recipe from a magazine. I did a brief internet search but couldn't find it.
I've made a few adjustments to the recipe (such as adding ginger and peanut or sesame oil).

3 oz uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
1/3 Cup seasoned rice vinegar
2 TBS sugar
3 TBS low sodium soy sauce
1 TBS olive oil (or 2tsp olive plus 1 tsp peanut oil/sesame oil if you want)
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
1/2 cup minced green onion
1 cup coleslaw mix (the cabbage/carrot mix) or 1/2 cup baby peas
1/4 cup red bell pepper strips
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 (12 oz) package broccoli slaw
1/4 cup chopped unsalted dry roasted peanuts

Cook the noodles, and drain, and set aside. Combine the sauce items in a large bowl. Add pasta and remaining ingredients. Toss to coat. I prefer to add the peanuts now, but the recipe says to add at serving time. Cover and chill a couple hours. This is one of those recipes that is great in the summer because there is very little heat generated in the process.


Johnna said...

Looks delish, Elizabeth! And, will probably satisfy that hankering for Chinese Chicken Salad I sometimes get, but end up picking the chicken out because it's all about the dressing and crunchy vegetables and noodles.

I like the tip to use coleslaw mix too.

Elizabeth-W said...

Are you talking about the one with the cabbage and top ramen noodles? I love that one, too. I was thinking about that one--I love putting lots of almonds in it. But without the chicken there is a big hole in the recipe. What else would be good to add to that? Maybe a combo of these two together?

Johnna said...

Oh, I never do Ramen noodles in that salad. I fry the rice noodles, the ones that seem to increase in size by a factor of 10 in the wok?

Your asian crunch salad has the cabbage in the coleslaw mix, and would have no hole in the middle.

Elizabeth-W said...

I've always wanted to try those. They look very fun. Hard to do? It looks scary :)

Lisa said...

Look! I can finally post a comment here! Thanks Johnna for whatever magic you worked for me to finally post!

This salad is YUM!