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Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad

This is an unusual one, and I don’t have pictures because… well, I just didn’t take the time.  (Getting the food on the table usually takes precedent at this point with the little man.)  That’s okay, though; you can check out the source recipe at ROSEMARRIED for a truly lovely and scrumptious photo!

Anyway. Back to the salad.

This is a cold rice noodle salad, tossed with a lightly spicy peanut sauce and garnished with chopped peanuts and lime wedges.  Our little guy is especially fond of the julienned bell pepper and carrots, but Keith just loves the whole thing!  You feel free to use that Sriracha sauce liberally too; the flavor is fantastic with the peanut sauce.  (I love a good Sriracha firestorm.)  I’ve made a few modifications to the recipe to suit our tastes.  Make it ahead of time and toss it in the fridge for an easy, cool summertime supper.

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SPICY PEANUT NOODLE SALAD
Serves a lot!

1 package rice noodle
1 red bell pepper, julienned
2 small carrots, julienned
1/4 red onion, sliced thinly

3/4 C creamy peanut butter
1/4 C rice wine vinegar
2 T honey
2 T soy sauce
1 T fish sauce
1 T sesame oil
1 T freshly grated ginger
1 clove garlic, smashed
juice of 1 lime
generous helping of Sriracha sauce

bean sprouts (garnish)
lime wedges (garnish)
chopped peanuts (garnish)
Sriracha hot sauce (garnish)

Cook the rice noodles according the package directions.  (We prefer the soak-in-hot-water method over the boil-like-wheat-pasta method.) Once cooked, rinse them cold water and allow to cool.  Toss with a bit of sesame oil in a large bowl to ensure the noodles don’t stick together.  Add in the bell pepper, carrots, and red onion and toss again.

Blend all of the peanut sauce ingredients together in a food processor. Taste and adjust to your liking.  (The flavors will be very strong, but don’t worry — they will mellow a bit when spread throughout the noodles!) If the sauce seems very thick, add a couple of tablespoons of water to thin it out.

Toss the noodle mixture with the peanut sauce until fully coated. Garnish individual servings to taste. Serve immediately.

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About Courtney

Library diva. I also eat food.

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