Chow mein noodles are coated in a dressing of peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic and jalapeño. Carrots and cucumbers are soaked until crisp and offer a refreshing balance to the sweet spicy nut sauce, while fresh basil and cilantro complete the dish with the herbal nuances. This recipe comes to us from Sara and Lydia of Apples and Onions in LA.
For the dressing:
- 1/4 cup roasted peanut oil*
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar* or apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce*
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
To complete the peanut noodles:
- 12 ounces chow mein noodles*
- 3 large carrots, julienned
- 1 large cucumber, skin on, seeds removed, julienned
- seasonal vegetables of choice**, julienned
- 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh Thai basil, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 cup mixture of mint, Thai basil, basil and cilantro, chopped
- chili paste* and salt, to taste
*found in Asian markets or the Asian section of most grocery stores.
**beets, sugar snap peas or radishes work well here.
To crisp the veggies:
Submerge the julienned vegetables in a bath of ice water while you make the rest of the dish.
To make the chow mein:
Bring a large pot of water to boil over medium-high heat. Cook the noodles according to the package directions. Drain and rinse until cool.
To make the dressing:
Whisk the peanut oil, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and jalapeno together in a large bowl. Add the peanut butter and continue whisking until smooth.
Add the cool noodles and gently toss until evenly coated with the peanut dressing.
To complete the Peanut Noodles:
Divide the noodles into 6 even portions and make a nest in the middle. Drain the crisped carrots, cucumber and other veggies. Create haystacks with the veggie matchsticks. Finish with a sprinkling of fresh herbs, salt and a dollop of chili paste. Enjoy!
Servings per Recipe: 6Amount per Serving
Calories from Fat: 107
Total Fat: 25.7g
Saturated Fat: 4.1g
Dietary Fiber: 3.7g
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