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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Asian Noodle Salad

This, my friends, is a salad that will KNOCK.YOUR.SOCKS.OFF! Loaded full of cool and crunchy fresh vegetables, hearty linguine noodles and lightly toasted cashews, this salad has it all! And the dressing??? It packs a serious punch with savory soy sauce, fresh jalapenos, garlic, cilantro and ginger! I guess you could say it's the icing on the cake! I have craved it every single day since my Mom and I made it! Our wonderful Momma found this recipe on Pioneer Woman's website! We modified it a little, and couldn't be happier with the flavorful results! This salad will for sure be a mainstay on the family table from now on!
Salad ingredients:
1 pkg Linguine noodles, cooked to al dente(firm not soggy), rinsed and cooled. Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to cooling noodles to avoid them sticking together.
1/2 head of Napa cabbage, rinsed and thinly sliced
1/2 head of red cabbage, rinsed and thinly sliced
1 six oz bag baby spinach, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into thin strips
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced into thin strips
1 orange bell pepper, seeded and sliced into thin strips
1 1/2 cups bean sprouts, rinsed
1 small bunch cilantro, stems removed and chopped. Reserve 1 tablespoon for the dressing.
4 green onions, thinly sliced
2 large cucumbers, peeled, halved and sliced
1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas, sliced in half vertically, so the peas inside are halved.
1 cup raw cashews, lightly toasted in a skillet
Mix all prepared vegetables together in a large bowl.
Add linguine to vegetables once it has cooled completely.
For dressing:
1 lime, juiced
8 tablespoons olive oil
8 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
Mix all ingredients in a blender for 20-30 seconds.
Pour dressing over salad and mix to coat evenly.(Add a little more soy sauce after the fact, if you need more punch and salty flavor:)

Then serve and enjoy every tangy, savory and spicy bite!!!!!!

Original recipe from the Pioneer Woman
Modified by our Momma
Thankyou to Momma for being the hand model!

images by Kar


Dickinson's said...

Looks delish! Can't wait to try it! Just don't want to go to the store and buy everything! ;-)

Elizabeth said...

I saw this recipe a while ago on Pioneer Woman and thought it looked delicious but it was you that has finally inspired me to try and make it. Thank you! Oh man it looks soo good. I can't wait.

Kar said...

Why thank you Elizabeth! What a compliment! I hope you enjoy it as much as we have! Linds, I know! It's not exactly filled with ingredients you would use everyday, but I tell you what? It's a fantastic way to get all your daily veg requirements without feeling like you're suffering through it! It really is that good!!!!:). Happy salading Ladies!