Bored of your usual salad and looking to mix things up?! We have got you covered with this insanely delicious Peanut Noodle Salad. This is the perfect salad to bring to a potluck or picnic to really wow your friends and family. When it comes to making our salads super satisfying and tasty we like to follow 3 simple tips!
3 ways to up your salad game:
Get some GRAINS: A bowl full of veggies is a great way to get in your greens but sometimes it just does not hit the spot. That's why we like adding a cooked grain to our salad, preferably a whole grain, because this keeps us feeling a lot more satisfied plus it adds a great source of fiber and B vitamins! Some of our favourite grains to add to salads are quinoa, brown rice noodles, and sorghum.
Stir in the SAUCE: Let's be real... the sauce can either make or break your salad! We love changing up our salad sauces but one thing that always stays consistent is our use of olive oil, avocado oil, and nut butter in our sauces. These add a punch of flavour while also loading this meal up with healthy fats like MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids)!
Pack in PROTEIN: In order to make our salads more balanced, satisfying and delicious, we make sure we add in a source of protein. If you are in a rush, adding a plant-based protein like edamame beans or chickpeas is perfect because no cooking is required! Some of our go-to protein sources for salads are grilled chicken, crispy tofu, and chickpeas.
4 oz uncooked noodles of choice ex. soba or rice noodles (~2 cups, cooked)
2 cups red cabbage, shredded
2 medium carrots, shredded (~1 cup)
1 small red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 cup edamame beans (thawed from frozen)
½ cup green onion, thinly sliced
½ cup cilantro, finely chopped
⅓ cup peanuts
Peanut Lime Sauce
½ cup peanut butter
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
1 tbsp rice vinegar
Juice of 1 lime (~ 2 tbsp)
1 tsp grated ginger
2 cloves garlic
Splash of water to thin it out
⅓ cup peanuts
Cook your noodles according to the package. Drain and rinse in cold water.
In a large bowl combine all of the salad ingredients together with the cooked and cooled noodles.
In a small bowl whisk the sauce ingredients together. Depending on how runny your peanut butter is you may need to add a splash of water to the sauce to help thin it out.
Add the sauce to the salad and mix until thoroughly combined.
Garnish with peanuts, lime wedge and additional cilantro.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.