A few simple ingredients tossed with a spicy sesame vinaigrette
Grab any of your favorite salad ingredients, it'll be great.
Here's what I did...
This salad is literally done in the time it takes to prepare the bean threads.
Bring a medium-sized pot of water to the boil. Add the bean threads making sure they are totally submerged in the water.
Remove from heat and let sit for 15 minutes.
When the bean threads are ready, drain and cool under cold running water.
Use any noodle you like. I've also made it with vermicelli or bow tie pasta. Just make sure your noodle/pasta of choice is cooled after it's cooked.
While the noodles are cooking start the vinaigrette.
You'll need red wine vinegar, vegetable oil, soy sauce, sweetener of choice, chili garlic sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds and ginger.
Toast 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds. If you buy toasted sesame seeds skip this step.
Grate a teaspoon of fresh ginger and have the sesame seeds cooled.
In a medium-sized bowl, add the garlic chili sauce, ginger, sesame seeds, sweetener,
soy sauce, sesame oil and red wine vinegar.
Then stir, stir and drizzle in the oil while whisking like mad.
Prep the veggies you chose. I diced some cucumber, cut the scallions on the diagional and finely sliced some cabbage.
In a large bowl, add the veggies and the cooled noodles.
Add the vinaigrette and mix, mix.
Top with roughly chopped cilantro
Summer is served.
It's slightly spicy and very refreshing.
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Spicy Bean Thread Salad
for the salad
7.75 ounces bean threads
2 cucumbers; 3 if small
2 roma tomatoes; de seeded, small dice
1/2 head small cabbage; thinly sliced
3 spring onions, or to taste; thinly sliced,
1/3 cup grapeseed oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
1 teaspoon fresh ginger; minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
6 drops sesame oil; or to taste
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat; Turn off the burner and completely submerge the bean threads in the water for 15 minutes.
While the bean threads are soaking prepare the vegetables. Peel and remove the seeds from the cucumbers. Cut into a small dice. Cut the tomatoes in half, remove the seeds. Cut into a small dice. Remove the core from the cabbage and thinly slice. Thinly slice the spring onions on the diagonal.
Add prepared vegetables to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl.
When the bean threads are done, drain and rinse well in cold water,Transfer the bean threads to the bowl of vegetables and toss.
Add the vinaigrette and toss, taste and adjust the seasoning.
Yield: 6 servings
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And that's that