Sesame Noodle Salad with Peanut-Ginger Dressing
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
A refreshingly delicious chilled salad of sesame noodles and baby greens with cucumbers, carrots, basil and a luscious peanut-ginger dressing.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Thai-inspired
Servings: 3 -4 servings
Author: Priscilla
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces soba noodles or whole wheat linguine or spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 cup Peanut-Ginger Dressing recipe follows
  • 2 tablespoons basil chiffonade*
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • Grated zest of 1 lime
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cucumber peeled, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
  • 4 scallions trimmed and julienned
  • 5 oz. bag organic mixed baby greens
Peanut-Ginger Dressing:
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter at room temperature Sesame Noodle Salad2
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons peeled grated fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup canola or safflower oil
  • First use a microplane (a must-have kitchen tool) for the orange and lime zest. (I had those cute always-sweet mandarin oranges called "Cuties" in the fridge so used four of those in place of one orange.) Then, cut the fruit in half and squeeze the juices out.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together everything but the oil. Slowly add the oil, and whisk until all the oil is incorporated. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 6 days. Makes approx. 1-3/4 cups.
Instructions
  1. Prepare the soba noodles or whole wheat pasta as directed on the package. Drain, rinse with cold water, toss with sesame oil in colander, and set aside or refrigerate to chill.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the noodles, dressing, basil, orange zest and lime zest.
  3. Add the cucumbers, scallions, and greens, and toss gently. Garnish.
  4. Toss with the dressing just before serving.
  5. Variations: Feel free to add snow peas, sugar snap peas, julienned yellow bell pepper, sprouts, julienned carrots, toasted sesame seeds, or chopped peanuts.
Recipe Notes

Other greens such as arugula, kale, spinach, or Napa cabbage can be substituted for the mixed baby greens, too.

Adapted from Ezra Poundcake.