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Keep Cool this Summer with this Cold Thai Noodle Salad Featuring a Homemade Spicy Thai Salad Dressing
If you’re looking for really easy, fresh recipes this summer, consider the cold noodle salad. This Vegan Thai Noodle Salad with Sweet Chili Vinaigrette recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes and its colorful presentation makes for a great way to showcase your farmer’s market haul.
For this dish, I used an English cucumber, red bell pepper and avocado, but don’t be afraid to get creative with more vegetables. Steamed and chilled broccolini and/or asparagus make great additions, as well as a orange, yellow and green bell peppers.
If you’re looking to make this vegan side dish more of meal, baked tofu and steamed (then chilled) edamame are a great way to add some protein.
The star of this Vegan Thai Noodle Salad though is the Sweet Chili Vinaigrette. The playful combination of tangy, spicy and sweet really makes this dish!
How to Make Sweet Chili Vinaigrette
Making Sweet Chili Vinaigrette is much easier than you might expect! The ingredients are all easy-to-find in traditional grocery stores. Be sure to use fresh lime juice (you’ll need about 5 limes) – you can’t beat the flavor of fresh.
Speaking of fresh, adding fresh herbs to this Vegan Thai Noodle Salad is a must! I like fresh basil and mint, but cilantro is also a nice addition. If you’re really lucky, you’ll be able to harvest these directly from your garden or pick them up at the farmer’s market. If not, they’re usually readily available at the grocery store in the produce section.
Zest the limes before squeezing the juice. You can add a little bit of the zest to the vermicelli noodle bowl if you’d like. Then freeze the rest for a stockpile of fresh lime zest to enhance your future dishes!
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Vegan Thai Noodle Salad with Sweet Chili Vinaigrette
This Vegan Thai Noodle Salad is the perfect way to keep cool in the summer! Vermicelli noodles and crisp vegetables are tossed in a Sweet Chili Vinaigrette for the best of summer salads.
Sweet Chili Dressing
- 1 inch fresh ginger peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 clove garlic peeled and roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice about 5 limes
- 1/4 cup tamari
- 3/4 cup safflower oil or other neutral-tasting oil
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
- 3 tbsp sriracha
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Vegan Thai Noodle Salad
- 1 8 oz pkg. vermicelli rice noodles soaked in hot water in accordance with the package directions
- 1 English cucumber washed and diced
- 1 red bell pepper washed, deseeded and diced
- 1 avocado cubed
- 1 5 oz pkg fresh basil washed and roughly chopped
- 1 5 oz pkg fresh mint washed and roughly chopped
- crushed red pepper flakes to taste
- salt to taste
Combine the ginger, garlic, lime juice, tamari, oil, sugar, sriracha sauce and red pepper flakes in a blender or mini food processor. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
Add the vermicelli noodles, cucumber, red pepper and avocado to a large bowl. Dress with the Sweet Chili Lime Dressing to your liking. Toss until the rice noodles are thoroughly coated with the dressing and chill until serving.
Serve topped with fresh mint & basil and season with crushed red pepper and salt, to taste
- If you’re looking to boost this dish to make more of a meal, consider adding baked tofu cubes or chilled edamame. It’s a great way to put some protein into this dish!
- After soaking the vermicelli noodles in hot water, be sure to rinse the noodles in cold water to stop the cooking process.
- The Sweet Chili Lime Dressing makes a great dipping sauce as well (think Vietnamese Spring Rolls)! To thicken the dressing, combine 1 tbsp of cornstarch with 1 tbsp of water. Bring the dressing to a low simmer in a small saucepan and add the cornstarch slurry. Stir to combine and continue to stir as the dressing simmers. The cornstarch with cause it to thicken. Cook until you reach the desired consistency. Allow to cool and then store the dipping sauce in the refrigerator.
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