Posted on | May 9, 2012 | 21 Comments
last month we missed a family event because all three of us were sick. my in laws stopped by to see us on their way out of town afterwards and brought with them a bunch of this delicious noodle salad that my sister in law and sent. it was amazing and i needed the recipe like my life depended on. luckily my sis in law is awesome and emailed it to me before i even had a chance to beg for it. i altered it a bit based on what i had on hand, but you can add shrimp and won ton strips for extra yum. make a big batch using all the noodles in the box and munch on it all week when the mood strikes. which it will. at all hours of the day and night.
box of rice noodles
toasted sesame seeds
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
juice from one lime
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 cloves minced garlic
red pepper flakes to taste
i think i’ve made it pretty clear i like easy recipes and this one is no different. prepare the noodles according to the package. while those are cooking, chop up your tomato, cucumber, carrots and cilantro. since i’m fully obsessed with trader joes, i use their pre-shredded carrots (also perfect for toddlers) and persian cucumbers. make your dressing in a jar with a lid, or whisk in a bowl like i did.
when your noodles are done cooking, rinse with cold water and drain be sure to drain really well because i’ve found with making any cold noodle salads if i don’t drain the noodles and just go about my business then the end result salad is really watery and it kind of takes away from the flavor of the dressing.
when your noodles are sufficiently drained, toss them all up with their new bff’s, the chopped veggies and dressing. chill for about an hour before eating if you can (which you can’t) and serve sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds. easy dinner and lunch for a few days!