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Asian Carrot Salad on Rice Noodle with Crushed Wasabi Peas

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A salad that facilitates the summer to fall transition with fresh veggies, the sustenance of rice noodles, and no shortage of punchy flavour.

Recipe courtesy of Jessica Emin

Ingredients:

  • 4 large carrots, julienned or cut in spirals
  • 1 small yellow zucchini, sliced into thin rounds, or into strips with a mandolin
  • 5 small radishes, sliced into thin rounds
  • 3/4 cup (175 ml) snow peas, trimmed and cut into inch long segments
For the Orange Sesame dressing:
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2/3 cup (150 ml) sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) soy sauce
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) dijon mustard
  • 1/2 lb (250 g) vermicelli or rice noodle, cooked, drained, rinsed and cooled
  • 3 Tbsp (45 ml) chili pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) wasabi peas, crushed
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) cilantro leaves, whole
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) orange zest

Directions:

  1. Place rice noodles in large salad bowl and garnish with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. Layer the zucchini, carrot, snow peas, radish and chili peppers, in that order, over the noodles.
  3. Garnish the salad with the wasabi peas, cilantro and orange zest.
  4. For the dressing put all ingredients in standard size Mason jar and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  5. Keep salad refrigerated until it is ready to be served, then add dressing and toss lightly.

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