Recipe from AussieChef at the Fine Cooking board... thanks Aussie! This is a great summer salad, makes an excellent side dish for a picnic, or top with grilled chicken for a simple and delicious main course.
- 1 lb cooked al dente and cooled thin pasta (that's 1 lb. after cooking)
- 2 -4 scallions, chopped,save some for garnish
- 1 red bell pepper, julienned,save some for garnish
- roasted peanuts, chopped,save all for garnish
- 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds or 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, with additional for garnish (optional)
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 serrano chili, chopped
- 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons unsalted creamy peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons light brown sugar
- 2⁄3 cup canola oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- To make dressing: In a food processor, process everything except the oil.
- Slowly drizzle in the oil until emulsified.
- Scrape into a bowl and wait for half an hour for the flavours to develop.
- To make salad: Toss all together, dress with just enough dressing to moisten and flavor, and garnish with scallions, red bell pepper and peanuts.
- Serve at room temperature.
Would it be wrong to drink the vinaigrette? That is how good it is. The flavor combinations are amazing. I made the recipe as written and it turned out perfectly. Thanks for a great receipe. No leftovers....raves from family.
i love this! 5 stars aren't enough in my book. the combination of the flavors was excellant. initially this recipe looks like a lot of ingredients and some prep., but it was really easy. this is a definate keeper, i love pasta, peanut butter, and cilantro....if you do too you can't go wrong with this recipe.
Yum! This actually would have gotten 5 stars, but we had difficulty with figuring out how much dry pasta equals 1 lb cooked, so we ended up with way too many noodles for the sauce. It would be hugely helpful to have the quantity of noodles be either dry weight or cooked volume. However, even though it was a little underdressed, it was still VERY tasty! My only concern is that the peanuts (from the garnish) will be soggy in the leftovers tomorrow. I think in future we'll only garnish individual servings to avoid that. Thanks for posting, Tracy K!