Well, where have you been all my life? Now THAT is one good-looking salad, don't ya think?
This one hits all the marks-- light yet satisfying, healthy, well balanced flavours, crunchy, fresh and drop-dead gorgeous, This one just knocks it right out of the ball park.
The pureed, cooked carrot adds a viscosity to the dressing without adding a ton of oil. It also adds a nice sweetness to it.
Try it.....I think you are going to like it.
Sesame Noodle Salad with Carrot-Sesame Vinaigrette
(This makes a mountain of salad, recipe can be cut in half.)
1 16 oz. pkg. Rice Stick noodles
1 1/2 cups shredded, cooked chicken, bones and skin removed
1 large peeled carrot, with a vegetable peeler, peel carrot into long, thin ribbons
1 rib celery, sliced very thinly on an angle
1 cup pea pods, ends and tough string removed, sliced thinly on an angle
1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
4 green onions, trimmed and sliced thinly on an angle, save a bit for garnish
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
toasted sesame seeds for garnish
! carrot, peeled and cut into small pieces
1/4 cup of cooking liquid from carrot
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 -2 tsp Sriracha hot sauce
1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 Tbsp. soy sauce (Gluten- Free)
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1/3 cup canola oil
Cook carrot in a small amount of salted water until tender. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of cooking liquid. In a blender, add all ingredients except canola oil. Remove center piece from blender lid. With blender running, slowly add canola oil (this might splash a bit, so don't wear anything nice while making this) Puree until vinaigrette is thickened and well blended. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Meanwhile, soak noodles in boiling water until firm but slightly softened, about 7 minutes (They will continue to soften in the vinaigrette) Drain. Add remaining salad ingredients.( I save some of the carrot ribbons for garnishing) Toss with dressing. Garnish with carrot ribbons, sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds. Serve chilled.
Tags: Salad, Asian, Chicken, Gluten-Free