Lazy Day Peanut Noodle Salad
For an easy, casual meal, a recipe with "lazy day" in the title has to be a winner! Peanut dressing gives this cold noodle salad Asian flair.
- 1 (8 ounce) package soba noodles
- 1 bunch asparagus spears, ends trimmed then cut into 1/2-inch segments
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup brown rice vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
- Drizzle of toasted sesame oil
- Big pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- Big pinch salt
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup hot water
- 1 small bunch of spring onions or scallions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup peanuts
- 12 ounces extra-firm organic tofu, cut into small cubes (Feel free to heat the tofu in a skillet if you like, but cold is good, too.)
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil the soba noodles per package instructions. In the last minute or so of cooking toss in the asparagus. Drain noodles and asparagus, run under cold water for about a minute to stop cooking, and set aside.
Make the peanut dressing by combining peanut butter, rice vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and salt in a medium bowl. Thin with hot water - the amount you'll need depends on the original consistency of your peanut butter. I like it the consistency of a thin (non-Greek) yogurt. Taste and season with a bit more salt if needed.
Gently toss the noodles, asparagus, spring onions, peanuts, and tofu with a big splash of the dressing. I reserve a bit of each ingredient to sprinkle on top of the serving platter to make it look nice. Add more dressing a bit at a time, until the salad is dressed to your liking, reserving any extra for another use. Taste, sprinkle with more salt if needed, and enjoy!
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