As the weather finally warms up it’s time for some cooler foods! This cold noodle salad makes a light meal with the perfect combination of crunchy vegetables and soft noodles all swirled in a creamy dressing. Try it for a vegetarian lunch or bring to your next BBQ for a crowd pleasing side dish.
Ingredients for the salad: (Serves 2)
1 pack of Lotus Foods Jade Pearl Ramen Noodles
2 cups of shredded napa cabbage
1/2 a yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
1 cup of thinly sliced cucumber
1 tbsp. of sesame seeds
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup of cubed firm organic sprouted tofu (optional)
These ramen noodles from Lotus Foods are the new and certainty improved instant noodles! They take just 4 minutes to cook, they are gluten free and packed with nutrients! Not to mention they have a chewy texture that can stand up to any sauce.
For the tahini dressing:
1/3 cup of Artisana’s raw tahini
1/4 cup of soy sauce
1/4 cup of lime juice (we used Succo)
1 tbsp. of sesame oil
2 tbsp. of honey
2 tsp. of sriracha or your favourite hot sauce
1 inch of minced fresh ginger
If you are not familiar with tahini it’s simply sesame seeds ground into a butter to create a nutty flavour and creamy consistency. It’s great added to sauces in place of cream or spread over toast with a dollop of honey. Sesame seeds are a good source of heart healthy vitamin E, source of protein and iron.
To make this salad, begin by prepping all your veggies and tofu. Set aside.
Boil 2 cups of water in a pot and add 1 pack of ramen noodles. Let boil 4 minutes and gently separate noodles with a fork. Drain the noodles and drizzle with a bit of sesame oil, set aside to cool.
While the noodles cool, prepare the dressing. Combine all ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and whisk.
Place all salad ingredients into a large mixing bowl and cover with desired amount of dressing (about half) place any remaining dressing into the fridge. Toss to combine.
Let salad set in the fridge at least an hour-overnight to let all the flavours marinate. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!