Thursday, September 6, 2012

Rice Noodle Salad

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is the salad that I promised to share with you yesterday. It is fast and easy to prepare and I like to serve it as part of an Asian-style meal. The ingredient list is spare, but it produces a salad that is a wonderful meal extender and it can be expanded on whim if you want, or need, a more substantial addition to your menu. Because it is such a simple recipe, I wanted to direct you to similar salads developed by other bloggers, so you can see what can be done with a bit more imagination than I managed to muster here. They are all great recipes from great bloggers and I do hope you'll take some time to look at them. Here's my bare bones version of this very common Thai salad.

Rice Noodle Salad...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

4 ounces thin rice noodles
1/4 cup rice vinegar (not seasoned)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 carrot, coarsely shredded
2 scallions, thinly sliced crosswise
1 cup loosely packed mixed fresh cilantro, mint, and/or basil leaves, torn if large
1/4 cup chopped unsalted dry-roasted peanuts


1) Soak noodles in hot water 10 minutes, then drain in a large sieve.
2) Cook noodles in a 4-quart pot of boiling water, uncovered, until tender, about 1 minute. Drain in sieve and rinse under cold water until cold. Drain well and pat noodles dry.
3) Whisk together vinegar, sugar, fish sauce, and salt in a large bowl until sugar and salt are dissolved. Add noodles, carrot, scallions, herbs, and peanuts, tossing to combine. Yield: 4 servings.

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Bobby Flay - Vietnamese-Rice Noodle Salad
New York Times - Cold Rice Noodles with Grilled Chicken and Peanut Sauce
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Simply Recipes - Korean Spicy Cold Noodles
Seattle Food Shed - Sweet and Tangy Rice Noodles
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The Perfect Pantry - Rice Noodle Salad with Shrimp and Scallions

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Cherine said...

A wonderful salad!

Banana Wonder said...

So refreshing! What a perfect summer dish.

Priya Suresh said...

Wish to have this wonderful looking salad for my dinner tonite,beautifully done.


This looks so delicious and is also great for my gluten free daughter. Oh ... I love fish sauce.


Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

I am highly enamoured with this salad my friend, it looks so refreshing :D


Kim said...

This is the kind of salad that I would serve with asian ispired meal!This looks fresh and easy to prepare!

Joanne said...

I love the texture of rice noodles and will mix them with any and everything! This is a great base recipe!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

It sounds like a very refreshing salad Mary as we leave our summer gardens behind and move over to fall produce.

Unknown said...

The perfect canvas for so many delicious ideas!! Love this!

Shug said...

a perfect salad, with so many different versions of things to add.
I think this is a keeper...
Have a great day.

StephenC said...

I'm back for a second time, having discovered cellophane noodles in the pantry and shrimp in the freezer. I am on the way to a summer noodle salad for tonight's supper.

We Are Not Martha said...

I love that I have pretty much all these ingredients in my kitchen right now. Sounds perfect!


teresa said...

mmm, i love fresh flavorful salads like this!

Red Nomad OZ said...

These salads are the perfect summer meal - I'm sure I'll be trying out each and every one during the next heatwave!!!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous salad Mary, wonderful flavors.
Mary x


love the asian ingredients... i sure could make a bowl right now because I have all the ingredients :)
have a wonderful weekend,

France@beyondthepeel said...

How simple and delicious. Looks great Mary.

Renee Schettler Rossi said...

Perfectly simple and simply perfect. Love your riff on this Vietnamese classic. Thank you for the recipe and thank you, too, for the link to the similar, though slightly more time-consuming, recipe on Leite's Culinaria.

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