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This delicious Asian noodle salad is made with cold soba noodles and grilled shrimp and is bursting with intense flavors from fresh ginger, lime zest, cilantro, sesame and a chili pepper. It’s sweet, sour, salty and spicy and makes the perfect appetizer for a warm spring day!
How to make Asian noodle salad:
Even though there are a lot of ingredients involved here, this salad is actually very simple to make.
You start by mixing together 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger, 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro, zest of 1 lime, 1 minced or pressed garlic clove, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 chopped fresh chili pepper (remove some or all ribs and seeds unless you want the dish very spicy), 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil and 1.5 teaspoons sesame seeds.
Then you pour half of the mix into a bowl and use it to marinate 10 medium-sized shrimp. You set the other half aside as the salad dressing. That’s almost already all there is to it. All that’s left to do is cook 4 ounces soba noodles and put the shrimp on the grill, then toss everything with the dressing. Happy spring!
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Asian Noodle Salad
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 small chili pepper, finely chopped (remove some or all ribs and seeds unless you want the dish very spicy)
- 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
- zest of 1 lime
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1.5 teaspoons sesame seeds
- 10 medium-sized shrimp
- 4 ounces of soba noodles, uncooked
- 3 finely chopped scallions optional
- a smattering of mint leaves, optional
- Peel the shrimp and set aside.
- In a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, mix soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, honey, chili pepper, sesame oil, cilantro, lime zest, ginger and sesame seeds together until well combined.
- Transfer half of the mix into a small bowl, add the shrimp and marinate for 30 minutes in the fridge. Set the liquid measuring cup with the remaining half aside as the salad dressing.
- Take the shrimp out of their marinade and grill. Set aside.
- Cook the soba noodles according to package instructions.
- Drain the noodles, rinse them thoroughly under cold water and toss them with the salad dressing.
- Mix the grilled shrimp into the soba noodles.
- If using, sprinkle scallions and mint leaves on the salad and serve.
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