Summer is just on the door. Bright, shiny, and hot breeze indicates that midsummer is here!
So, I thought why not to bring something that can be like a perfect break through form this hot summer. Say, a cool and soothing dish like Thai noodle salad with peanut lime dressing. Refreshing, delicious, and finger-licking salad.
Beating the heat is not easy, but my salad can at least refresh your mind and soul with its fresh taste and amazing textures. I think finding peace in summer is a bit tough job. I mean just think about burning sun, hot breeze so unpleasing.. Right?
My idea of writing this blog is to wipe off heat with friendly little Thai Noodle Salad. It is packed with fresh veggies, healthy fats, protein, and major flavor. This salad is easy to make that to with only a couple of ingredients.
Yes, some simple steps and you have a bowl of yummilicious Thai noodles salad with crunchy peanuts and a hint of fresh lime juice. The most beautiful things about this dish are the perfect balance and different textures. And yes, you can’t miss talking about is its refreshing taste.
Well, before you start cooking, you surely need to have all the components on your countertop to create this masterpiece. Here is a list of things you need to look for at your local grocery store:
Ingredients for Welcoming Dressing
- ⅓ cup low sodium soy sauce
- ¼ cup chunky peanut butter
- ½ cup canola oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 large fresh cloves garlic (peeled)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons good quality sesame oil
- 1 small piece of lemongrass
- fresh ginger paste
- fresh lime juice
For the salad
- 1 lb. of boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 4 ounces brown rice noodles
- 5-6 cups of fresh spinach or kale
- 3 large bright orange carrots, diced
- 3 bell peppers cut in small pieces
- 1 cup of packed cilantro leaves, chopped
- 4 green onions (only green parts)
- ½ cup of roasted peanuts
Once you have assembled all the ingredients, you are all set to start the cooking. Excited?
Follow this simple instruction to prepare a bowl of delicious, crunchy, and tasty Thai noodle salad with peanuts and lime juice.
The first thing you need to do is soak the rice noodles in a bowl of cold water. And yes, don’t forget to preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Once you are done with these two tasks, it’s time for dressing. For this, you need to put all the ingredients in a food processor, except peanut butter. Now, place the chicken piece in a clean zip plastic bag.
Pour ½ cup of dressing on the protein to marinate it, and keep it in the fridge for about 15 to 30 minutes. After this, it’s the turn of veggies.
Cut all veggies, put them in a bowl, and toss them in the dressing.
Now, coming back to the chicken, bake the marinated chicken for at least 15-20 minutes. Rest for 5-10 minutes, then add vegetables to it.
After all this, it is time for noodles, drain them (check these must be softened at this point). Cook them in a skillet over medium heat. Add a spoon of oil and a little dressing and toss them around until they are soft and pliable. If you think noodles are still not soft, you can add a dash of water to soften them.
When all your elements are ready, it is the time to assemble them to create a delicious and tasty Thai salad. Most interesting part – it can be served hot and cold both, all depending on your taste preference.
To enhance the taste and add a glamorous touch to the entire dish, you can add lime juice, and tossed sesame seeds.
I think it is not only a flavorsome salad, but it is also a beautiful salad. Just look at this gorgeous salad with such simplicity and beauty that you can’t stop yourself from having it. Enjoy this simple salad with your friends and family! Beat the heat with such refreshing flavors. Try it!