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Sunday, February 25, 2024
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Glass noodle salad with lime cashew crumble

This Asian-style salad combines glass noodles with contemporary herbs, greens and shredded rooster with an addictive creamy hoisin dressing that adheres to the slippery noodles. The zingy salty lime cashew crumble actually makes it, so don’t skip it! Terrific no-cook meal for decent summer time nights.

Close up photo of Glass noodle salad

Glass noodle salad

That is a kind of summer-time showstopper salads that makes you me imagine you I may turn into a clean-eating goddess as a result of despite the fact that you’re I’m often the sort of one who goes ga-ga over fall-apart meat, one chew of this and woah…… How can wholesome be so darn scrumptious???

The star of in the present day’s salad is glass noodles, these delicate skinny, clear noodles that look similar to rice vermicelli noodles besides they’re see-through. Like glass. Therefore, the identify!

Glass noodles cellophane dry bean thread noodles

Mix these with a simple-yet-incredible hoisin dressing that clings relatively than slides off the slippery noodles, contemporary herbs, greens and shredded rooster, to make it a meal (or not!). Then end with a bathe of what I’m calling a lime cashew crumble, a ridiculously easy-to-make crowning glory that elevates this dish from mmmm that is so good to holy moly, how can a SALAD be so freakin’ scrumptious!!

Picking up Glass noodle salad

What are glass noodles, and please inform me I can get them at my native retailers!

Sure you may! Asian aisle, dried skinny white noodle sticks labelled bean thread vermicelli noodles or variations thereof: bean thread glass noodles, glass noodles, or simply bean thread. The packet I get is pictured above.

Constructed from the starch of mung beans, they’re additionally generally often known as cellophane noodles and simply require soaking in boiling water to rehydrate.

Usually in Asian cuisines, they’re utilized in soups, spring rolls, and stir fries. At this time I’m utilizing it in a salad as a result of they make for an ideal no-cook satisfying salad for a summertime meal!

Can’t discover glass noodles? No issues! Rice vermicelli noodles make an ideal substitute. They’re not see by way of. However that’s okay, we will survive! 😂

Bowls of Glass noodle salad ready to be eaten

What you want for this Glass Noodle Salad

I’ve made this salad as a meal by including quantity of rooster. However be happy so as to add extra greens as an alternative to make it a aspect salad, or a meat-free meal.

Strive to not skip the contemporary herbs, they bring about such a beautiful freshness to this salad! Additionally, don’t skip the lime cashew crumble. Make it as soon as, and also you’ll perceive why I say that.

Ingredients in Glass noodle salad
  • Bean thread / glass noodles / cellophane noodles – all of the names these noodles go by! See above for an in depth up photograph. Discover it within the Asian or noodle aisle of grocery shops. Or, you may substitute with vermicelli noodles in a pinch!

  • Shredded rooster – It’s okay, you may simply purchase a roast rooster and shred the meat! 🙂 In any other case, poach your personal rooster breast or use any comparatively plain flavoured leftover roast rooster or different meat you’ve got. Shred it or slice into batons.

    For a meat-free different or to make this right into a veg-loaded aspect salad, simply skip the rooster and add extra greens.

  • Carrot, cucumber and cabbage – The greens I’ve opted for. I wish to julienne the carrot and cabbage in order that they jumble up properly with the noodles. I reduce the cucumber just a little bigger on an angle for some textural distinction – it’s good to chew into some contemporary juicy crunch!

    Different vegetable ideas – bean sprouts (helpful no prep!), asparagus (finely slice on angle), crisp lettuce (finely slice), inexperienced beans (cook dinner and funky), inexperienced papaya (shredded – see right here for a way), cherry tomatoes (halved), radish (julienned), evenly steamed Asian greens (reduce into 7.5cm/3″ lengths), broccolini (reduce into skinny batons, evenly steamed).

  • Mint & coriander/cilantro – These herbs convey a wonderful South East Asian freshness to this salad! Actually strive to not skip these, for those who can. However for those who don’t have them (or are a kind of coriander/cilantro haters) they are often skipped and it’ll nonetheless be a brilliant tasty salad because of the dressing.

The Hoisin dressing

Glass noodles are slippery little suckers, so it’s good to make the dressing just a little thicker so it clings to the noodles higher. To do that, I take advantage of a contact of mayonnaise.

Ingredients in Glass noodle salad
  • Kewpie mayonnaise – Don’t get turned off by the inclusion of mayonnaise within the dressing! It’s simply 1 1/2 tablespoons, and as famous above, it makes the dressing just a little creamy so it clings to the slippery noodles higher. Plus, we’re utilizing Kewpie mayonnaise. Everybody is aware of this Japanese mayo is the most effective one round! (But it surely’s okay, you gained’t spoil the recipe for those who use one other sort of mayo however you’ll do me proud for those who get Kewpie).

  • Soy sauce – Gives the saltiness within the dressing.

  • Hoisin – flavour, contact of sweetness and likewise helps thicken the dressing as a result of hoisin is a thick sauce. Love the Chinese language 5 spice flavour in it.

  • Chinese language 5 spice powder – For extra 5 spice flavour goodness! It is a spice mix obtainable at on a regular basis grocery shops. It’s a spice combine made with star anise, cloves, Chinese language cinnamon, fennel and Sichuan pepper that’s used broadly in Chinese language cooking in addition to different Asian cuisines corresponding to Vietnamese.

  • Rice vinegar – An Asian vinegar made out of (look forward to it…..) rice! Utilizing rice vinegar is on theme for this Asian flavoured salad, however you may substitute with apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar.

  • Sesame oil and canola oil – Sesame oil for flavour, and canola oil to make up the remainder of the oil required so the sesame flavour isn’t too robust.

  • Contemporary ginger – The dressing solely requires 3/4 teaspoon of finely grated ginger, for background flavour. I don’t use quite a bit as a result of there’s loads of different flavours occurring. However be happy to dial it up!

Lime cashew crumble (don’t skip this!)

It is a fabulous, easy crowning glory that offers this noodle salad that je ne sais quoi! It’s limey, salty and candy, and makes cashews even higher than they already are. Right here’s all you want:

Ingredients in Glass noodle salad

Thanks for inventing this Chef JB. We love your intelligent, easy concepts like this that make meals even tastier with such little effort!

Easy methods to make glass noodle salad

Far out – what a deal with – a 4 step recipe. 😂

How to make Glass noodle salad
  1. Soak glass noodles in boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes till they turn into clear and soften. Then drain and when cool sufficient to deal with, loosen the tangle of noodles.

    Observe: Some packets will say to soak in chilly water. Ignore it. Or – strive it, get irritated when it doesn’t work, drain then soak in boiling water. (That might be me.)

  2. Toss lime cashew components in a bowl. They can be utilized instantly or put aside for some time till wanted.

  3. Shake dressing components in a jar.

  4. Toss – Place all of the salad components besides the lime cashews in a bowl and pour over the dressing. Toss properly. Then add half the cashews and toss by way of. Pour into a big serving bowl or particular person serving bowls, then sprinkle over the remaining cashews. Dive in!

Large bowl of Glass noodle salad ready to be served

How I make this noodle salad forward

In case you’re eager to get forward, you may put together all of the elements individually forward of time then toss them collectively simply previous to serving. That is what I do – every part is saved within the fridge. You may simply put every part in a single giant container, simply hold them separated:

  1. Noodles – soak, drain, rinse, detangle, cool.

  2. Cabbage, carrot and cucumber – slice, retailer in container.

  3. Shredded rooster – retailer in container.

  4. Mint and coriander / cilantro leaves – Decide, wash, dry, retailer in paper towel lined container, coated with paper towel then a lid.

  5. Lime crumble – make and hold within the fridge. In case you made it a day+ forward, give it a contemporary spritz of lime juice and zest.

  6. Dressing – shake in jar, retailer in fridge.

In case you do that, the salad will be made as much as 3 days forward (the rooster will dictate the shelf life). Helpful for meal prep / work lunches.

Hope you like this as a lot as I do! – Nagi x

PS In case you’re trying, extra salads with substance this fashion -> Salad Meals recipe assortment.

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Close up photo of Glass noodle salad

Glass noodle salad (cellophane / bean thread noodles)

Servings3 – 4

Faucet or hover to scale

Recipe video above. This Asian-style salad combines glass noodles with contemporary herbs, greens and shredded rooster with a hoisin dressing that is barely creamy so it clings properly to the slippery noodles. The lime cashew crumble actually makes this, so do not skip it!Terrific no-cook meal for decent summer time nights. Skip the rooster to show it into a wonderful starch + veg aspect for Asian meals. Serves 3 to 4 as a meal, 5 to six as a aspect. Extra meal-size salads right here!


  • Glass noodles: Place dry noodles in a bowl and canopy with freshly boiled water. Depart for 3 to 4 minutes or till clear and softened. Drain utilizing a colander, rinse beneath faucet water (for speedy cool and cut back stickiness) then detangle utilizing your fingers. Drain completely earlier than use. Put aside to completely cool.

  • Lime cashew crumble: Place components in a bowl and toss. (No marinating time wanted)

  • Dressing: Place components in a jar and shake till properly mixed.

  • Salad: Place glass noodle salad components in a big bowl. Pour over dressing, toss properly. Add half the cashews, toss once more.

  • Serve: Switch to a big salad bowl or particular person bowls. Sprinkle with remaining lime cashew crumble and serve!

Recipe Notes:

1. Glass noodles are offered labelled as bean thread vermicelli noodles or cellophane noodles. As soon as soaked, they turn into clear, therefore the identify! I take advantage of Double Pheonix model which is offered at on a regular basis grocery shops (Asian aisle) and Asian shops. See images in submit. Substitute with vermicelli noodles.
Ignore packet if it says to soak in chilly water. It takes “without end” / generally simply doesn’t work in any respect.
2. Rooster – Or poach your personal, or use leftover cooked rooster or different proteins. To make this a aspect salad, skip the rooster and improve the greens.
3. Kewpie is a Japanese model of mayonnaise that’s broadly obtainable nowadays, offered within the Asian part of grocery shops. It’s such a small quantity it’s nice to substitute with one other mayo. To make a mayo-free model, substitute with extra canola oil. Tahini would additionally work as a thickener and double up on beautiful sesame flavour.
4. Chinese language 5 spice is a spice mix obtainable at on a regular basis grocery shops. It’s a spice combine made with star anise, cloves, Chinese language cinnamon, fennel and Sichuan pepper than is used broadly in Chinese language cooking in addition to different Asian cuisines corresponding to Vietnamese.
Storage: Preserve the lime cashew crumble and dressing separate from the salad. Toss simply previous to serving. As soon as dressed, greatest consumed that day. Lime cashew crumble will hold for a number of days however lime flavour fades so greatest to make contemporary. Dressing will hold for 3 days.
Diet per serving, assuming 4 servings. 178 energy per serving is attributable to the cashews. I can not advocate skipping it (as a result of it’s SO GOOD!) however in case you are actually counting energy then it’s an choice….. Keep in mind, that is for a comparatively beneficiant serving and it’s for a whole meal that’s satisfying! 

Diet Info:

Energy: 617cal (31%)Carbohydrates: 41g (14%)Protein: 41g (82%)Fats: 33g (51%)Saturated Fats: 5g (31%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 9gMonounsaturated Fats: 15gTrans Fats: 0.03gLdl cholesterol: 92mg (31%)Sodium: 1247mg (54%)Potassium: 753mg (22%)Fiber: 3g (13%)Sugar: 7g (8%)Vitamin A: 2724IU (54%)Vitamin C: 18mg (22%)Calcium: 75mg (8%)Iron: 5mg (28%)

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