Monday, May 19, 2014

Noodle Salad With Sesame Garlic Dressing

Need to bring something to a potluck? Maybe a lunch at the office? 
Something that isn't "the usual" fare.
Have we got a deal for you! 
This super simple salad comes together in under 10 minutes. It's true. Really. 10 minutes. 
Grab a bag of Double Happiness Chow Mein Noodles (or any brand rice noodles should work in a pinch!) and you are almost done already. 
Want to hear some more good news?
The nutritional count on this is pretty sweet too. (According to Myfitnesspal) Per serving, and the recipe makes around 10 or so, the count is: 250 calories, 34 carbs, 10 fat, and 7 protein. (I'm counting a serving as about 1 heaping cup full....)

Noodles Salad With Sesame Garlic Dressing

1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp sesame oil
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced

1 pkg (454 gr) Double Happiness Chow Mein Noodles
1 medium cucumber
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2 medium onion
3 large radishes
2 cups baby spinach
2 cups Mann's Rainbow Salad (OR coleslaw mix)

Prepare dressing - Place all of the dressing ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Cover and chill until ready to use.
Prepare salad - Place noodles into a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit while you prep the veggies.
Finely dice the cucumber, green pepper, onion, radishes, and spinach. 
Drain the noodles and cut them so they are a little bit shorter and easier to deal with - this is not absolutely necessary but I prefer my noodles a bit more manageable. 

Add in the diced veggies and the 2 cups of Rainbow Salad mix. 

Toss to combine. 
Drizzle with 1/2 of the dressing and toss to distribute evenly. Refrigerate until salad is completely chilled. 
When chilled, drizzle with remaining dressing and toss again. Chill until ready to serve.
I find this is best if it can sit for a few hours or even overnight! The flavors seem to mingle more.

Bring this to your next BBQ, potluck, office luncheon, or family dinner and everyone will think you are a salad super genius. 

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  1. Sounds wonderful as I am sure it is . Blessings, Catherine

  2. This looks like the perfect salad to take to work for lunch. Delicious. Visiting from See Ya In the Gumbo.

  3. so where did the broccoli in the pictures come from? is there supposed to be broccoli and how much?

    1. The broccoli come sin the Mann's Rainbow Salad Mix. If you are just using regular coleslaw you can add an extra 1/3 cup of finely chopped broccoli if you want but it is optional. You can customize the veggies to your preference. The broccoli is not specifically listed in the ingredients as it come

    2. (Sorry got cut off) as it comes in the salad mix!

  4. Where do you find the noodles?

    1. We found the noodles in the grocery store - kept in the produce department. If you can't find the Double Happiness Brand then you could use pretty much any rice noodles which are usually kept in the same aisle as regular chow mein noodles are kept.

  5. I made this noodle salad several months ago for a potluck brunch. Everyone loved it, and many people asked for the recipe. Delicious!

    1. Yay! Thanks Janice :) So glad you enjoyed it!!

  6. I loved it! Best Asian noodle salad recipe I've ever made or tasted, and that includes recipes from celebrity chefs. A warning about the garlic, though. Because the garlic is raw and blended in with the sauce, it can be intense. The second time I made this, the cloves were large, and the garlic overpowered everything else. So I would recommend blending in one clove at a time and tasting the sauce before adding more. Otherwise, this recipe is a real winner.

    1. Thanks again! So happy you liked it. Thank you for the tip about the garlic. Good thinking.

    2. If you have the time, you could always wrap a head of garlic in foil and roast it to make it more mellow. I do that for my Mom, who can't deal with raw garlic at all.

  7. I made this for a potluck and it was super popular. Thanks

    I will be making this again

    1. Yay! That's so great. Thank you for letting us know. :)