This peanut dressing has quite a list of ingredients but it’s definitely worth the effort, as its flavor has a delicious and fresh complexity to it that isn’t found in store-bought peanut sauces. Toss in fresh herbs and chopped peanuts to the noodles at the end for added texture. Slideshow: More Noodle Salad Recipes 

Sarah Bolla
August 2013

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Recipe Summary

active:
40 mins
total:
50 mins
Yield:
6
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Ingredients

Peanut Dressing
Salad

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Add all of the ingredients for the peanut dressing to the base of a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Taste to adjust for seasonings and transfer to an airtight container and set aside.

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  • Place the noodles in a large heat-proof bowl and add boiling water to cover. Let the noodles soak until tender but not mushy, about 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse under cold water and drain well.

  • Transfer the noodles to a large serving bowl. Add the sliced cabbage, carrots, and half of the cilantro to the bowl and pour in 3/4 cup of the peanut sauce; toss to thoroughly coat. Garnish with cilantro, chopped peanuts, and lime wedges. Serve chilled.

Make Ahead

The peanut sauce can be made in advance up to 5 days.

Notes

Coconut milk helps cut some of the peanut butter flavor, but can be replaced with an equal amount of water to achieve similar consistency.

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