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RECIPE: Cold Asian noodle salad.

Apparently, Portland has free Shakespeare in the park. And has for over 40 years. I just discovered this. And recruited people to join me for the weekend show of “Twelfth Night.”

Which, naturally, means I need to bring food. And drinks. The summer sangria: check. A fresh baquette and cheese: check. And a cold Asian noodle salad inspired by Tea and Cookies blog: check.

We took a look at the garden bounty and some items from the CSA and worked entirely from what was on hand. Corn. Carrots. Cucumber. Onion. Cilantro. Basil. Garlic.

Biked to the park. Met friends. Unloaded the quilt. And food. And tangled ourselves in the story of a shipwreck, mistaken identity and love. Yay.

Confession. I love Shakespeare. My anthology book is well loved. Notes in the margins and everything. And Twelfth Night? Is one of my favorites. So this play? + relaxing in the park? + some fresh food? A pretty amazing afternoon, as it turns out.

RECIPE RATING: 4 of 5 mason jars of sangria. It’s really a build your own salad, in the recipe. So it can vary greatly according to taste and what veggies you have on hand. Naturally, I opted out of the fish sauce. Went with a heavier lime/vinegar/soy sauce flavor. Cool. Fresh. Welcome.

Cold Asian noodle salad
Author: Jen via Tea and Cookies blog: http://www.teaandcookiesblog.com/2012/08/cold-asian-noodle-salad-recipe.html
  • ½ C freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ C rice vinegar
  • 1/4 C soy cause
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 3/4 C water
  • SALAD:
  • Package of soba noodles
  • 3 ears of fresh corn, kernels sliced off
  • 1 green onion, diced (could use a red onion, too)
  • 2 cucumbers, chopped (I used a regular one and a yellow lemon cucumber)
  • 3 carrots, shredded
  • Cherry tomatoes (that are easy to pick out!)
  • 1/2 C cilantro, chopped
  • basil leaves to taste, chopped
  1. Cook the noodles according to directions on the packet and rinse them, tossing with ice cubes to chill. Set aside in the fridge.
  2. Prepare the sauce ingredients and adjust accordingly. Salt and pepper, too? More lime? Make it your own!
  3. Toss cold noodles with veggies. Add dressing.
  4. And chill before serving. Flavors will become more intense the longer it’s allowed to chill.
  5. Enjoy!


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