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Peanuty Cold Soba Noodle Salad | Relishing It

I love taking a favorite meal of mine and tweaking it just a bit to create something entirely different.  Equally as delicious, just in a different way.  That’s what I’ve done here with this recipe.  I can’t even count how many times I’ve made this slaw.   I basically suggest it to everyone who asks me for a warm-weather meal idea and they end up loving it.  It’s one of the high points of being a “food blogger”– finding out that one of your favorites has become a favorite of so many other people.

Peanuty Cold Soba Noodle Salad | Relishing It

Peanuty Cold Soba Noodle Salad | Relishing It

Peanuty Cold Soba Noodle Salad | Relishing It

Peanuty Cold Soba Noodle Salad | Relishing It

Sometimes, I want something more filling than just slaw, or more to the point– something hearty to chomp on.  Adding soba noodles to the mix was the perfect solution here, and I love that it’s still accompanied by a ton of vegetables.  The heat is going to crank up here this week, so peanuty cold soba noodles will be on my menu again.  You should make it, too.  Use whatever vegetables you have on hand, it certainly doesn’t have to be this exact combination.  You may find that you need a bit more soy sauce or salt in the sauce when adding soba noodles to the mix.  I re-season after it’s been mixed, so not to overdo it with the salt.  A squeeze of fresh lime is essential when serving.  Hope you enjoy!  And stay cool.

Peanuty Cold Soba Noodle Salad | Relishing It

 

The Recipe: Peanuty Cold Soba Noodle Salad

(serves 2-3)

Follow this Healthy Asian Peanut Slaw recipe (this time I used broccoli, carrots, red cabbage, cilantro, and radishes)

With Additions Of:

1 bunch soba noodles cooked according to directions, then rinsed with cold water (reserve a bit of cooking water)

scallions, for garnish

black sesame seeds, for garnish

limes

Follow the directions to make the Healthy Asian Peanut Slaw.  Combine the vegetables, sauce, and cold soba noodles together using tongs.  Loosen with a bit of cooking water, if need be.  Taste.  Adjust seasonings, if needed.  I often add a bit more soy or salt when adding soba noodles to the mix.  Squeeze lime juice onto the final mixture and top with peanuts, scallions, cilantro, and black sesame seeds.  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by Relishing it!

Laurie

 

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Healthy Asian Peanut Slaw | Relishing it

I love a good slaw.  Basically, I love any salad that is made from cabbage and crunchy vegetables.  Sure, once summer rolls around I’ll be thrilled to dig into a plate of delicate, tender greens.  But, in the meantime, I never tire of crunchy, hearty vegetables.  They satisfy me when I’m hungry.  They have a great mouth-feel– as in, I actually feel like I’m eating something substantial.  Like I’m eating a meal.

Healthy Asian Peanut Slaw | Relishing It

Healthy Asian Peanut Slaw | Relishing It

Healthy Asian Peanut Slaw | Relishing It

Cabbage (and kale) are really my go-to winter salad fare.  Remember this salad?  I still eat it at least once a week.  The same goes for the one I’m sharing today.  I love combining Asian flavors into a slaw.  It just works.  Making a dressing using plain yogurt is a perfect way to “health it up”, yet still satisfies that need for something a bit more indulgent and creamy.

Healthy Asian Peanut Slaw | Relishing It

I used freshly ground peanut butter in this dressing, but you can buy good organic peanut butter at your market.   Be sure to look for a kind that only contains ground peanuts.  Added salt is fine.  If you have to use something else with other ingredients, just be warned that the flavor of the dressing may be a bit off, as those other kinds generally contain a lot of sugar.  Most of the other ingredients for the dressing are things that you probably have in your refrigerator already.  The lime juice is the perfect backdrop for the flavors.  And as for the vegetables, the combination of red cabbage, carrots, carrots, cilantro, and broccoli are wonderful together.  I love using broccoli in this finely-sliced form.  Broccoli has a wonderful flavor, but I don’t always like chewing on the florets, so this is a nice solution.  I’ve also added golden raisins to this slaw.  Taking a bite with one in it feels like hitting the lottery.  Perhaps I should just toss more in next time?!  Cheers– hope you enjoy the slaw!

Healthy Asian Peanut Slaw | Relishing It

The Recipe: Healthy Asian Peanut Slaw

(serves 1-2)

For the Asian Peanut Dressing:

2 tablespoons organic natural peanut butter (containing only peanuts and salt)

1/4 cup plain yogurt

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon garlic chili sauce

honey (optional)

For the Slaw:

2 medium carrots, grated on the large hole of a box grater

1/4 small head of red cabbage, thinly sliced

5-6 large broccoli florets, thinly sliced

1/4 large red pepper, julienned

small handful of cilantro leaves, stems removed

2-3 tablespoons golden raisins

chopped salted peanuts or cashews, for serving

In a medium bowl, whisk the ingredients for the dressing together.  Set aside.  In a larger bowl, combine all the ingredients for the slaw,  sans peanuts.  Pour the dressing onto the vegetables and mix together using tongs.  You may not want to pour all of the dressing on at once (I generally have a bit leftover).  It’ll depend on your personal taste.  Top with the chopped peanuts or cashews.  Enjoy!

As always, thanks for stopping by Relishing It today!

Laurie

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Winter Salad with a Kumquat Vinaigrette | Relishing It

Apparently I’ve been craving a little color lately.  I recently bought a couple of brightly colored sweaters (orange and electric blue).  I just replaced my everyday-lipstick with a few colors that have a bit more pizzazz.  Yep, I just need to see a bit more color this time of year.  The dull gray skies and monotonous white snow just don’t do it for me by late January.   So…this colorful salad fits the bill perfectly.  And aside from the visual beauty, this one is delicious.  I could eat it every day.  Actually, I pretty much did for month straight last year.

Winter Salad with a Kumquat Vinaigrette | Relishing It

Winter Salad with a Kumquat Vinaigrette | Relishing It

Let’s start with the red cabbage.  I rely on it a lot during winter.  It tastes great, works both hot or cold, and it can hang out it your refrigerator for a while.  This last reason is important, because if you don’t happen to want to eat a salad every day, this ingredient will be waiting for you.  Tuscan kale is another great ingredient.  It’s perfect in soups or massaged and made into a simple salad.  Red peppers were on sale at our co-op the other day, so I bought a few of those too.  My kids love to snack on them all summer long, but they go through withdrawal in winter.  They were probably happier than I was when I brought them home.

Winter Salad with a Kumquat Vinaigrette | Relishing It

Finally, I present to you the kumquats.  They have such a fresh, powerful citrus flavor.  Take a look at this kumquat marmalade that I shared here a while back.  Kumquats always remind me of sunshine, which is obviously just what I need right now.  They’re sweet, tangy, and so fragrant.  I love them thinly sliced and tossed into salads– no need to peel them.  Just remove the few tiny seeds that will be inside. In this recipe, I blend them up (peel too) into a delicious vinaigrette that goes perfectly with any winter salad.  I also add a touch of honey to it to bring out the sweetness a bit more.  It’s a bit on the thick side for a vinaigrette, because the acidic component (the kumquats) is blended whole– but I think it’s absolutely lovely and the hearty winter vegetables work well with it.  The almonds are the perfect finishing touch to the salad.  I hope you give this little salad a try if you need to brighten up your day– I bet it will.  Enjoy!

Winter Salad with a Kumquat Vinaigrette | Relishing It

The Recipe:  Winter Salad with a Kumquat Vinaigrette

Serves 2

For the Vinaigrette:

10 kumquats, cut and seeded (leave the peel on)

1 teaspoon finely chopped shallot, white, or red onion

1 teaspoon honey

pinch of kosher salt

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

For the Salad:

About half of a small red cabbage, cored and finely sliced

handful of Tuscan kale (6-7 stalks) stems removed and thinly sliced into ribbons OR a handful of fresh spinach

1/2 red pepper, julienned

handful of almonds, coarsely chopped

3-4 kumquats, seeded and thinly sliced

To make the vinaigrette, place the kumquats into a small food processor and pulse a few times until they are finely chopped.  Add the shallot, honey, and salt.  Pulse a few more times until nearly smooth.  Add the olive oil and blend.  This vinaigrette will remain somewhat thick.  Adjust salt, if necessary.

It’s best to place your salad ingredients (sans almonds and kumquats) into a bowl and pour the vinaigrette on top of them.  Toss to coat.  Plate the salads and top with the almonds and kumquats.  Leftover vinaigrette can be stored covered in the refrigerator.  Let it come to room temperature before using.  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by Relishing It today!  Have a wonderful weekend.

xo

Laurie

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