Oh boy have I got a good one for you today.
I don’t know what’s got into the weather in London but this sunshine and blue sky situation is utterly glorious. I really really hope it’s going to stick around!
Now, whenever the weather’s warm, I immediately want to eat lighter dishes. It’s far too hot for soups and stews, and instead I find myself reaching into my arsenal of summery salad recipes (like this one, this one, or this one).
Which is exactly what happened yesterday. We did our weekly food shop, we stocked up on lots of fresh veggies, and then I started throwing things together in the kitchen until I came up with this:
Crunchy colorful vegetables, soft egg noodles, sesame seeds, and finished off with a zingy, Japanese-inspired, soy sauce and sesame oil dressing.
It’s fresh and light and sharp and colorful and I already know I’m going to be making it over and over again this summer.
The added beauty of this recipe is that it keeps REALLY well in the fridge (I mean, duh. It’s a cold noodle salad). But I just had some of the leftovers for my lunch today, and it’s even tastier after a day of marinating.
Just make up a huge batch of this on an evening, leave it to sit in the fridge over night, then portion it out and you’re all set for a cheap and delicious summer lunch.
It’s also super easy to adapt. Make it vegan by replacing the egg noodles for rice noodles. Add some courgette, broccoli or mushrooms. Don’t have lime juice? Lemon juice or rice vinegar would also work.
The sesame seeds add a nice bit of texture, and I was really excited to finally use the fancy ones I bought at the food market in Kyoto. They’ve got bonito (fish flakes) mixed in with the seeds, which give it a whole new layer of umami flavour. If you wanted to recreate that flavour for yourself, try whisking a couple of drops of fish oil into your dressing.
A quick and easy cold noodle salad made with bell peppers, cucumber and carrots. This colorful salad is drizzled with a zingy Japanese-inspired sesame dressing, which makes it perfect for warm summer suppers, barbecues, picnics and packed lunches.
*You'll need a sauce pan and a big salad bowl
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