The Cooling Asian Noodle and Veggie Salad

The Cooling Asian Noodle and Veggie Salad

The Cooling Asian Noodle and Veggie Salad

This delicious and refreshing and cool noodle salad has 4 easy steps, but it is made within a few minutes. First, saute’ your hot veggies, next cut up your cold veggies, then boil your noodles for a couple of minutes, and finally, make your dressing. This recipe yields about 5 dinner size portions, or 10 appetizer size portions, and can be enjoyed as a vegetarian meal, during fasting times, or as a delicious side dish. Here we go…..

Step 1- Saute’ your hot veggies

2 cups Napa cabbage, chopped into small, bite size pieces

1/2 cup sliced carrots (I used the baby carrots, and cut those in a slant to give them in a “slant” or bias, to give them a nice appearance

10 asparagus spears, ends (which are usually tough), cut off, cut in a bias, or “slant”

5 teaspoons veggie oil

wok or non stick pan

Heat oil on medium, and place all vegetables in pan. Saute’ until soft for about 5-10 minutes on medium high. Let cool for a few minutes, and transfer to your noodle salad bowl. (While you are waiting for your veggies to cook, start to work on your cold veggies below).

Step 2- Cut up your cold veggies

1 mini cucumber, with skin, diced into small bite sized pieces

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

Once your hot veggies have cooled down, add your cold veggies to your bowl.

Step 3- Make the noodles

(1) 9.5 oz box of Japanese wheat noodles (I used somen noodles. Japanese noodles can be found in your grocer’s international food section)

3 or 4 quart pot

Boil water, and cook noodles according to directions. Japanese noodles usually cook in a couple of minutes. Drain your noodles with cold water.

Step 4- Make your dressing, and assemble noodle salad

1/4 cup, plus 3 teaspoons seasoned rice vinegar

7 teaspoons soy sauce

1/4 cup sesame oil

1/3 cup vegetable oil

fresh cracked pepper

Whisk all above ingredients together until creamy. Add the dressing to your pasta salad and carefully toss well. Enjoy !!

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