Asian Noodle Salad with Toasted Sesame Dressing

Serves: 4

Prep time: 20 to 25 minutes

Your rating: None (25 votes)

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This recipe is perfect for showcasing seasonal produce. Use any combination and any amount of vegetables you like, such as fresh herbs, shredded carrots, zucchini or bok choy. For a complete meal, top with your choice of protein such as crispy tofu, grilled chicken breast or grass-fed flank steak.

Ingredients

Preparation

Cook soba noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse in colander.

To toast sesame seeds, place in a dry skillet over medium heat. Keep seeds moving until they release aroma, pop and begin to change color. Remove from heat and set aside.

Whisk together sesame oil, tamari, vinegar, maple syrup and hot pepper oil in a small bowl. Place drained noodles in a large bowl. Add dressing, chopped cilantro and toasted sesame seeds; toss gently. Add seasonal vegetables and protein if using and toss again.

Notes

This flavorful noodle dish is delicious hot, cold or at room temperature.

Each serving: 354 cal, 15g fat (2g sat), 0mg chol, 1205mg sodium, 49g carb, 1g fiber, 11g protein

Recipe by Cynthia Lair, Recipe reprinted with permission from "Feeding the Whole Family" (third edition) by Cynthia Lair (Sasquatch Books, 2008).

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Crowd Pleaser!

I love this recipe. I added green onion, and thinely sliced green cabbage to the noodles at the end. I also did not have any maple syrup, so I used sugar instead, and it worked great. I didn't have soba noodles, so I just used regular angel hair pasta. I also used the dressing as a marinade for beef, which I simply sauteed and served with the cold noodles. Delicious! This dish will be in my regular dinner rotation! Makes great lunch leftovers too.

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That sounds utterly tasty, @saraj. Thanks so much for sharing your experience! Happy eating!

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