Thai Noodle Salad with Sweet Chili Dressing

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I’ve had this recipe locked and loaded for weeks, and have opened it to finish at least five times in the last ten days, but I kept getting distracted before I could hit publish.

I realize that through all of this busyness I’ve kinda missed the boat on summery cold noodle salads as everyone is quickly jumping on the pumpkin spice train (which I will be doing in a nanosecond – choo choo!) but first let me share this flavour- and texture-packed salad.

Thai Noodle Salad with Sweet Chili Dressing | www.foodess.com

We gravitate a lot toward Asian flavours, so rice noodles are a go-to for us, for salads, and meals like pad thai. We’ve had this herby, thai-inspired salad on repeat (pictured alongside simple honey-soy marinated pork chops). It would be perfect with satay beef or chicken skewers, too.

(P.S. If you adore Thai food as much as I do, you must also try my Pad Woon Sen, Thai Basil Pork, Thai Curry Fish, Peanut Sweet Potato Soup, Sweet Chilli Noodles Salad, Thai Scallops, Meatballs in Sweet Chilli Sauce, and Pad Thai recipes).

From mid-summer into fall we live almost entirely off of farmer’s market fare, so I improvise most meals with whatever I bring home. The salad was shot when we still had snap peas available locally, but we’ve since moved on to broccoli florets, shredded carrot and cucumber, kohlrabi, etc.

Leftovers make an excellent lunch. Add some grilled chicken or seared tofu and you have a satisfying full meal.

(P.S. if you love quick, easy Asian takeout-inspired recipes, you must also try my Pad Woon Sen, Gochujang Chicken, Thai Basil Pork, Chili Oil Ramen, Orange Chicken, and Honey Garlic Chicken recipes.)

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Thai Noodle Salad with Sweet Chili Dressing

A veggie-packed salad with salty peanuts, lots of herbs, and a delicious honey-lime-chili dressing. Include whatever is at the farmer's market: blanched broccoli, zucchini or green beans, ribboned raw kale or other greens, shredded carrot, cucumber, brussels sprouts, cabbage or kohlrabi, thinly sliced radishes - basically anything.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients  

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 ½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
  • ½ lime juiced
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt

Salad

  • ½ lb snap peas trimmed (or 1/2 to 1 lb of any market veggies, like blanched broccoli, zucchini or green beans, ribboned raw kale or other greens, shredded carrot, cucumber, brussels sprouts, cabbage or kohlrabi, thinly sliced radishes - basically anything).
  • 1 250- gram package rice stick noodles
  • 1 cup cilantro coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup mint coarsely chopped
  • 1 shallot minced
  • cup roasted salted peanuts, chopped
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Instructions 

  • Whisk together all ingredients for dressing.
  • Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice and water.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it well. Blanch the snap peas (and/or any other tougher veggies you're not shredding) for a few minutes until crisp-tender then use a small colander, slotted spoon or tongs to remove them (keeping the boiling water) and plunge the veggies into an ice bath to cool quickly.
  • Add the rice noodles to the boiling water and cook according to package directions, or until just tender (about 5 minutes for the brand I use). Plunge them in the ice bath, too.
  • Drain noodles and vegetables by dumping them into a big colander and picking out and discarding any remaining ice cubes.  Transfer to a large bowl and toss with herbs, shallot and dressing to coat. Top with peanuts.  Serve chilled or room temperature.
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