Spicy Thai Noodle Salad
Ready to spice up the nightly dinner routine literally and figuratively? Check out this Spicy Thai Noodle Salad! This mouthwatering dish is perfect for those who crave a burst of spicy and tangy flavors, all combined with the goodness of fresh vegetables and delectable angel hair pasta. Made with simple yet exquisite ingredients, this recipe is easy to follow and sure to impress your taste buds.
To begin, gather the following ingredients: 8 ounces of angel hair pasta, which will serve as the base of this delightful salad. For the dressing, you'll need ½ cup of sriracha sauce, which will provide that signature spicy kick, along with ¼ cup of lime juice for a tangy twist. Add in the zest of one lime to infuse the dressing with a burst of citrusy aroma. To elevate the flavors, include 1 tablespoon each of minced ginger and minced garlic, which will add a delightful depth to the dressing. For a savory touch, mix in 2 tablespoons of reduced sodium soy sauce, and for a creamy richness, add ¼ cup of creamy almond butter. To add some heat, sprinkle in ½ teaspoon each of crushed red pepper and sea salt.
Once the dressing is whisked together in a medium bowl, it's time to move on to the colorful array of vegetables that make this salad truly special. In a large bowl, combine the cooked and chilled angel hair pasta with the dressing, along with ¼ cup of chopped cilantro for a burst of fresh herbiness. Add in ½ cup of shredded carrot for a hint of sweetness and crunch, along with ¼ cup each of sliced green onion and sliced red pepper for a touch of zing and color. Finally, toss in ½ cup of shredded cucumber for a refreshing and cooling contrast.
The resulting spicy Thai noodle salad is a tantalizing medley of flavors and textures that will transport your taste buds to the streets of Thailand. The creamy almond butter adds a luscious richness to the spicy sriracha dressing, while the tangy lime juice and fragrant ginger and garlic create a harmonious balance of flavors. The angel hair pasta provides a delicate base that soaks up all the delicious dressing, and the colorful vegetables add a satisfying crunch and freshness to every bite.
This recipe is perfect for a light and refreshing meal, whether it's a quick and easy lunch or a delightful dinner. The zesty flavors of the dressing and the crunchy vegetables make it a great option for picnics, potlucks or even as a side dish for a barbecue. The spicy Thai noodle salad is versatile and customizable, allowing you to adjust the level of spiciness or add in your favorite vegetables for a personalized touch.
- Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil.
- Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Refrigerate.
- For the dressing: In a medium bowl whisk together dressing ingredients.
- In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients, noodles and dressing. Toss until thoroughly combined.
Recipe Courtesy of Chef Linsey, ALDI Test Kitchen
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