Peanut noodle salad

Posted on: April 15th, 2009 by admin No Comments

Sometimes it’s necessary to make something fast and not so fancy right? But you still want it to be tasty so why not try this recipe, or a version of it, next time you want a healthy snack. Soba noodles are an eatpress fav- super tasty, but bad overcooked, so keep an eye on the little gangsters.

This version uses asparagus, but you can use any of your favorite in-season vegetables. This time of year peas, broccoli, watercress and carrots all make great additions to the noodles and peanut sauce.

  • 1 small package soba noodles (enough to serve about 4)
  • 1 bunch asparagus, chopped
  • 3/4 c peanut butter
  • 1/4 c (brown) rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
  • toasted sesame oil
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4-1/2 c hot water
  • 4 spring onions or scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c peanuts
  • 1 c (roughly) firm (organic) tofu, cut into small cubes (you can have it cold or fry it first)

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Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil the soba noodles per package instructions (they usually only take a couple minutes). In the last minute or so of cooking toss in the asparagus. Drain noodles and asparagus, run under cold water for about a minute to stop cooking, and set aside.

Make the peanut dressing by combining the peanut butter, rice vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and a big pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Thin with hot water – the amount you’ll need depends on the original consistency of your peanut butter. Taste and season with a bit more salt if needed.

Gently toss the noodles, asparagus, spring onions, peanuts, and tofu with a big splash of the dressing. Taste the salad and add more dressing to your taste- maybe a few toasted sesame seeds, serve and relax.

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