Asian Cold Noodle Salad

This Summer,  I and my hubby decided to substitute our lunch with summer salads. A healthy choice but a challenge as I have to come up with interesting summer salads to suit our palate and at the same time which would be simple to make. Started my hunt for summer salads and found a treasure trove of really nice and simple ones. Starting with this colorful Asian Noodle Salad that taste amazing… Enjoy !  :) ~ Kamakshi

Prep Time : 20 mins                                     Cook Time : 5 mins
Serves : 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large carrots, peeled and thinly cut into juliennes
  • 4 celery stalks, julienned
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeds removed and thinly cut into juliennes
  • 2 green onions, sliced into long strips
  • 1 mango, thinly sliced into strip
  • 250 gms    Mung bean noodles/glass noodles OR rice noodles OR Soba noodles
  • 2 tbsp dry roasted, unsalted peanuts (with no cover), cut into halves
  • 4 green chillies, sliced and cut into juliennes
  • 10 Mint leaves, sliced
For the Dressing :
  • 3 tbsp sugar , powdered
  • 3 tbsp Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 3 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tbsp Ginger paste/ finely minced
  • Salt to taste
METHOD
  1. To make the dressing mix all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Cook the noodles as per the directions in the package. If you are using Mung bean noodles , you need to boil them in hot water for 3-4 mins till they become transparent and then wash them once in cold water and drain the noodles to remove all the water. With scissor , cut the noodles cross wise so that they are easy to mix.
  3. In a big mix bowl, add the noodles and all the sliced vegetables and mango. Then add the dressing on top and mix well.
  4. Sprinkle the roasted peanuts and serve.
Note : This salad taste better if it is chilled for half an hour before serving.
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Green Bean Salad With Sesame

When the Summer sets in, we always feel like eating something refreshing. Salads are those refreshing additions to any meal. Green beans salad is easy to make and is a fun way of eating your vegetables in summers when you don’t feel like eating greasy and spicy curries. Enjoy :) ~ Kamakshi

Prep Time : 15 mins                                   Cook Time : 5 mins
Serves : 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 250 gms Tender French Beans – threaded and sllit into long thin slices
  • 2 tsp Sesame Seeds ( Til), lightly roasted
  • 2 tsp Mustard Paste OR 2 tsp Mustard seeds ground with 2 tbsp of water
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • 3 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 7-8 flakes garlic, roughly mashed and chopped
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil (Optional)
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • Salt to taste
METHOD
  1. Boil 4 cups of water with 1 tsp salt and  2 tsp Sugar. When the water starts boiling, add the sliced french beans. Boil for 2-4 mins, till the beans become tender. It should not have a raw taste but at the same time, it should not be over cooked. Drain the beans and strain it one time with cold water. Leave it in the strainer to drain out all the water.
  2. In a bowl mix the mustard paste, pepper,salt, lemon juice, chopped garlic and olive oil.  Add the mixture to the beans and mix well. Refrigerate for about halt an hour.
  3. Transfer the salad on a dish, drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil and sprinkle the roasted sesame seeds on top of the salad. Serve.
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