Fresh Rice Noodle Salad

by hilla.kariv on September 16, 2011

I was packing up the house and getting ready to move to Israel for the year – endless lists that seem to expand and never contract. Meetings, goodbyes, last getogethers.

I sadly examined my pantry, a long and narrow cabinet; its contents can keep a small Asian restaurant in stock for a year. It really does make sense to have everything at home, just in case, you know.

The thought of abandoning all my lovely bottles spurred me to action-

Making Rice NoodlesRice Noodle Salad

Rice noodles are great fun! You can stock them in your pantry and use as needed. They’re a great substitute for wheat pasta, all you need to do is soak them in warm water for 10 minutes and you get a lovely base just waiting for some flavors. There is an element of play in your mouth – they stay a little tough and are so long you have to cut them with your teeth or risk looking like an idiot…

Fresh Rice Noodle Salad

This salad likes to sit and absorb flavors for a while. Leave the herbs for the last minute so they look green and fresh. It should be flavored generously – I like it very hot, sour and sweet.

You can add a small fresh zucchini, cucumber, pepper or anything you’re inspired to-

Making rice noodle salad

3.5 oz / 100 gr. dry rice noodles
a handful of snap peas
1-2 scallions
1-2 peeled carrots
fresh chili – finely chopped, to taste
a handful fresh cilantro – finely chopped
a handful fresh mint – finely chopped
a handful peanuts – chopped
black sesame (optional)

For the Sauce:

1 crushed garlic clove
juice from 1 lime or lemon
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
2 Tablespoons oil

If you need a salty flavor add either salt or fish sauce

Soak the noodles in hot water for 10 minutes (or if package instructions are different, follow them).

Meanwhile slice the carrots and peas into very thin sticks. Mix with the sauce ingredients in a bowl.

Drain the rice noodles, splash with a little oil and separate the strands with your hands. Transfer to a big bowl and add the vegetables, fresh herbs and peanuts. Mix well. It should taste hot, sour and sweet all at once. Fix seasoning if necessary.