Thai Peanut Empowered Noodle Bowl
June 10, 2014
June 10, 2014
Recipe Courtesy of Oh She Glows
For the Thai Peanut Sauce:
1 large clove garlic
2 tablespoons (30 mL) toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons (45 mL) natural smooth peanut butter or almond butter
2 teaspoons (10 mL) grated fresh ginger (optional)
3 tablespoons (45 mL) fresh lime juice, plus more as needed
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon (37 mL) low-sodium tamari
1 to 2 teaspoons (5 to 10 mL) granulated sugar
For the Salad:
4 ounces (115 g) gluten-free soba (buckwheat) noodles (Can substitute brown rice noodles. I’ve used both and they worked great!)
Extra-virgin olive oil, for the noodles
1 (16-ounce/454-g) bag frozen shelled edamame, thawed
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 seedless (English) cucumber, diced
1 carrot, julienned
4 green onions, chopped, plus more for serving
1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Sesame seeds, for serving
Make the Thai Peanut Sauce:
In a mini or regular food processor, combine the garlic, sesame oil, peanut butter, ginger (if using), lime juice, tamari, sugar (if using), and 2 to 3 tablespoons (30–45 mL) water. Process until combined. I used my vitamix to blend this and it worked perfectly!
Make the Salad:
Cook the soba noodles according to the instructions on the package. Be sure not to overcook them—they should only take 5 to 9 minutes, depending on the brand. Drain the noodles and rinse them under cold water. Transfer the noodles to a large bowl and toss them with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil (this prevents the noodles from sticking together).
Add the edamame, bell pepper, cucumber, carrot, green onions, and cilantro to the bowl with the noodles and toss until well combined.
Pour your desired amount of the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. (Any leftover dressing will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.)
Portion the salad into 4 bowls and garnish each serving with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and some green onions. Serve any leftover dressing on the side.