Asian Salad

done

This salad is full of flavor. I absolutely love it!
It is great served with lettuce wraps.


jal

Remove seeds and ribs of the jalapeno.  Peel garlic.  

oil

In a blender or food processor add jalapeno, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, peanut butter, and lime.  Blend thoroughly.

dress

With the blender on, add the oils in a steady stream and blend until it thickens a bit.  Mix in the red pepper flakes.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

boil

In a medium saucepan bring water to a boil over highest heat.  Once it starts boiling add 2 t salt.

thirds

 Break linguine noodles into thirds and cook according al dente. 

rinse

Strain and run cold water over it. 


1/6 package whole wheat linguine noodles
Running cold water over the noodles stops the cooking and removes starches from the pasta.  This is desirable in a salad, but not for a hot pasta dish.

noodle

Transfer noodles to a small bowl and add a spoonful of dressing or a few drops of sesame oil to keep them from sticking together and to flavor them a bit.  

heat

Heat a small skillet over medium heat.


Add cashews and dry roast stirring very frequently until very aromatic and beginning to brown.  They can burn quickly so don’t leave them unattended.  Dry roasting them takes about 5 minutes.  Set aside in a small bowl and cool completely

1/4 c cashews
They can burn quickly so don't leave them unattended. 

lettuce

Fill a large bowl or salad spinner with cold water.

cil

Remove stems from cilantro and chop large.

salad

Chop lettuces into salad size pieces. Place in water and gently swish to rinse.  Drain the water and spin dry or dry on paper towels.

 
1 small head romaine lettuce
1/2 -1 head iceberg lettuce
1/2 bunch cilantro
Running tap water directly on the lettuce can bruise it and make it less crisp.

Lettuce should be gently patted or spun dry.  If the lettuce is dried, the dressing will adhere better.  Salad spinners work really well for this task.  I chop, wash, spin-dry and store my lettuce in the refrigerator in the spinner.  It stays crisp and fresh for about a week.

I like to dress just the lettuce so it is evenly coated, then add the toppings.  The toppings don't need the dressing and if they are tossed with the salad they often fall to the bottom.

done

Toss the greens with dressing.  Top with linguine noodles and cashews. 


Problems

The most important thing is to dress the salad right before serving. If the dressing sits on it too long, it wilts and becomes soggy.

Don't overcook the pasta.

Be careful not to burn the cashews. They roast quickly.


The dressing won't be as good the second day because of the fresh lime juice. If you want to make it a day ahead, add the lime the next day.




Asian Salad
serves 6-8

Dressing
1 large garlic clove
1 jalapeno
3 T soy sauce
3 T brown sugar
2 T peanut butter
juice of 1/2 - 1 lime
4 T olive oil
1 T sesame oil
pinch crushed red pepper flakes

1/6 package whole wheat linguine noodles
1/4 c cashews

1 small head romaine lettuce
1/2 -1 head iceberg lettuce
1/2 bunch cilantro

1. 
Remove seeds and ribs of the jalapeno.  Peel garlic.  In a blender or food processor add jalapeno, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, peanut butter, and lime.  Blend thoroughly.  With the blender on, add the oils in a steady stream and blend until it thickens a bit.  Mix in the red pepper flakes.  Refrigerate until ready to use. 

2
.  In a medium saucepan bring water to a boil over highest heat.  Once it starts boiling add 2 t salt.  Break linguine noodles into thirds and cook according al dente.  Strain and run (1)cold water over it.    Transfer noodles to a small bowl and add a spoonful of dressing or a few drops of sesame oil to keep them from sticking together and to flavor them a bit.  

3.  Heat a small skillet over medium heat.  Add cashews and dry roast (2) stirring very frequently until very aromatic and beginning to brown about 5 minutes.  Set aside in a small bowl and cool completely.

4.  Fill a large bowl with a colander inside or salad spinner with (3)cold water. Remove stems from cilantro and chop into large pieces. Chop lettuces into salad size pieces. Place all in water and gently swish to rinse.  Drain the water and spin dry or (4)dry on paper towels.

5.  (5)Toss the greens with dressing.  Top with linguine noodles and cashews. 


Notes
1.
Running cold water over the noodles stops the cooking and removes starches from the pasta.  This is desirable in a salad, but not for a hot pasta dish.

2.  They can burn quickly so don't leave them unattended.
   

3.  Running tap water directly on the lettuce can bruise it and make it less crisp.

4 Lettuce should be gently patted or spun dry.  If the lettuce is dried, the dressing will adhere better.  Salad spinners work really well for this task.  I chop, wash, spin-dry and store my lettuce in the refrigerator in the spinner.  It stays crisp and fresh for about a week.


5.  I like to dress just the lettuce so it is evenly coated, then add the toppings.  The toppings don't need the dressing and if they are tossed with the salad they often fall to the bottom.


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