No-Cook Peanut Butter Rice Noodle Salad
Hands-down the most reached for item in my pantry would have to be the jar of peanut butter! It doesn’t matter what time of the day – whether we are baking donuts for breakfast, slathering PB&J’s for lunch, or whipping up a big batch of this No-Cook Peanut Butter Rice Noodle Salad for dinner – a scoop or two of peanut butter is always a welcome addition to just about any meal around here and with 8 powerful grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber and 12 grams of unsaturated fat in each serving you won’t hear any complaints from me about it being everyone’s favorite ingredient!
Summer is coming and with it the need for simple, no-cook recipes that will happily feed a crowd and allow you to be in and out of the kitchen in no time!
Let me break down how this No-Cook Peanut Butter Rice Noodle Salad comes together for you:
- Soak your noodles || I knew when I was creating this recipe that I wanted delicate noodles that weren’t too heavy for this dish, but they needed to be able to hold up to a hearty sauce and still be slurp-able. Turns out soaking “fettuccini” style rice noodles in boiling water for 25 minutes does the trick. The noodles wind up perfectly tender with just enough bite to stand up to the hearty peanut sauce and loads of crunchy veg! I personally use an electric tea kettle to boil the water for this, but you can use your microwave to quickly bring water to a boil as well.
- Make your sauce || Creamy peanut butter, toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, Tamari, and ginger are some of the key flavor players in the hearty sauce that dresses these noodles. While the flavor is very peanut butter forward, you can still taste all of the other flavor nuances in each bite. In my opinion, the sweetness of peanut butter goes quite nicely with a little heat too so this sauce is laced with red pepper flakes and sriracha to ensure a little bit of heat in every bite.
- Toss & Crunch|| Sounds fun doesn’t it?! In the third and final step to making this No-Cook Peanut Butter Rice Noodle Salad we’re going to toss the noodles in a bit of roasted peanut oil, then the peanut butter based sauce, and finally we’re going to add LOTS of irresistible, crunchy toppings. I opted for thinly sliced Persian cucumbers, carrots, jalapeño, snow peas, red skinned peanuts, scallions, and herbs. But, you know what else is great about this noodle salad? You can top it with any combination of wonderfully raw and crunchy things that you like!
I mean, what’s not to love? This nutritious dinner has only 3 steps and comes together in 30 minutes with literally NO COOKING INVOLVED!
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