Glass noodle salad with lime cashew crumble


***🤦🏻‍♀️ Mistaken topic heading in publication! Had Salisbury steak meatballs once more… oops!*** This Asian-style salad combines glass noodles with contemporary herbs, greens and shredded rooster with an addictive creamy hoisin dressing that adheres to the slippery noodles. The zingy salty lime cashew crumble actually makes it, so don’t skip it! Terrific no-cook meal for warm summer time nights.

Close up photo of Glass noodle salad

Glass noodle salad

That is a type of summer-time showstopper salads that makes you me imagine you I might turn into a clean-eating goddess as a result of regardless that you’re I’m normally the type of one that goes ga-ga over fall-apart meat, one chew of this and woah…… How can wholesome be so darn scrumptious???

The star of at this time’s salad is glass noodles, these delicate skinny, clear noodles that look identical to rice vermicelli noodles besides they’re see-through. Like glass. Therefore, the identify!

Glass noodles cellophane dry bean thread noodles

Mix these with a simple-yet-incredible hoisin dressing that clings fairly than slides off the slippery noodles, contemporary herbs, greens and shredded rooster, to make it a meal (or not!). Then end with a bathe of what I’m calling a lime cashew crumble, a ridiculously easy-to-make crowning glory that elevates this dish from mmmm that is so good to holy moly, how can a SALAD be so freakin’ scrumptious!!

Picking up Glass noodle salad

What are glass noodles, and please inform me I can get them at my native outlets!

Sure you’ll be able to! Asian aisle, dried skinny white noodle sticks labelled bean thread vermicelli noodles or variations thereof: bean thread glass noodles, glass noodles, or simply bean thread. The packet I get is pictured above.

Created from the starch of mung beans, they’re additionally generally often called cellophane noodles and simply require soaking in boiling water to rehydrate.

Sometimes in Asian cuisines, they’re utilized in soups, spring rolls, and stir fries. Right this moment I’m utilizing it in a salad as a result of they make for an ideal no-cook satisfying salad for a summertime meal!

Can’t discover glass noodles? No issues! Rice vermicelli noodles make an ideal substitute. They’re not see via. However that’s okay, we will survive! 😂

Bowls of Glass noodle salad ready to be eaten

What you want for this Glass Noodle Salad

I’ve made this salad as a meal by including a great quantity of rooster. However be happy so as to add extra greens as a substitute to make it a facet salad, or a meat-free meal.

Strive to not skip the contemporary herbs, they create such a beautiful freshness to this salad! Additionally, don’t skip the lime cashew crumble. Make it as soon as, and also you’ll perceive why I say that.

Ingredients in Glass noodle salad
  • Bean thread / glass noodles / cellophane noodles – all of the names these noodles go by! See above for a detailed up photograph. Discover it within the Asian or noodle aisle of grocery shops. Or, you’ll be able to substitute with vermicelli noodles in a pinch!

  • Shredded rooster – It’s okay, you’ll be able to simply purchase a roast rooster and shred the meat! 🙂 In any other case, poach your personal rooster breast or use any comparatively plain flavoured leftover roast rooster or different meat you might have. Shred it or slice into batons.

    For a meat-free various or to make this right into a veg-loaded facet salad, simply skip the rooster and add extra greens.

  • Carrot, cucumber and cabbage – The greens I’ve opted for. I prefer to julienne the carrot and cabbage in order that they jumble up properly with the noodles. I minimize the cucumber a bit of bigger on an angle for some textural distinction – it’s good to chew into some contemporary juicy crunch!

    Different vegetable strategies – bean sprouts (useful no prep!), asparagus (finely slice on angle), crisp lettuce (finely slice), inexperienced beans (cook dinner and funky), inexperienced papaya (shredded – see right here for a way), cherry tomatoes (halved), radish (julienned), calmly steamed Asian greens (minimize into 7.5cm/3″ lengths), broccolini (minimize into skinny batons, calmly steamed).

  • Mint & coriander/cilantro – These herbs carry a superb South East Asian freshness to this salad! Actually attempt to not skip these, in case you can. However in case you don’t have them (or are a type of coriander/cilantro haters) they are often skipped and it’ll nonetheless be an excellent tasty salad due to the dressing.

The Hoisin dressing

Glass noodles are slippery little suckers, so it’s good to make the dressing a bit of thicker so it clings to the noodles higher. To do that, I take advantage of a contact of mayonnaise.

Ingredients in Glass noodle salad
  • Kewpie mayonnaise – Don’t get turned off by the inclusion of mayonnaise within the dressing! It’s simply 1 1/2 tablespoons, and as famous above, it makes the dressing a bit of creamy so it clings to the slippery noodles higher. Plus, we’re utilizing Kewpie mayonnaise. Everybody is aware of this Japanese mayo is one of the best one round! (But it surely’s okay, you gained’t spoil the recipe in case you use one other sort of mayo however you’ll do me proud in case you get Kewpie).

  • Soy sauce – Gives the saltiness within the dressing.

  • Hoisin – flavour, contact of sweetness and in addition helps thicken the dressing as a result of hoisin is a thick sauce. Love the Chinese language 5 spice flavour in it.

  • Chinese language 5 spice powder – For extra 5 spice flavour goodness! It is a spice mix out there at on a regular basis grocery shops. It’s a spice combine made with star anise, cloves, Chinese language cinnamon, fennel and Sichuan pepper that’s used extensively in Chinese language cooking in addition to different Asian cuisines akin to Vietnamese.

  • Rice vinegar – An Asian vinegar made out of (watch for it…..) rice! Utilizing rice vinegar is on theme for this Asian flavoured salad, however you’ll be able to substitute with apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar.

  • Sesame oil and canola oil – Sesame oil for flavour, and canola oil to make up the remainder of the oil required so the sesame flavour isn’t too robust.

  • Recent ginger – The dressing solely requires 3/4 teaspoon of finely grated ginger, for background flavour. I don’t use so much as a result of there’s loads of different flavours occurring. However be happy to dial it up!

Lime cashew crumble (don’t skip this!)

It is a fabulous, easy crowning glory that offers this noodle salad that je ne sais quoi! It’s limey, salty and candy, and makes cashews even higher than they already are. Right here’s all you want:

Ingredients in Glass noodle salad

Thanks for inventing this Chef JB. We love your intelligent, easy concepts like this that make meals even tastier with such little effort!

Find out how to make glass noodle salad

Far out – what a deal with – a 4 step recipe. 😂

How to make Glass noodle salad
  1. Soak glass noodles in boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes till they turn into clear and soften. Then drain and when cool sufficient to deal with, loosen the tangle of noodles.

    Observe: Some packets will say to soak in chilly water. Ignore it. Or – attempt it, get irritated when it doesn’t work, drain then soak in boiling water. (That will be me.)

  2. Toss lime cashew substances in a bowl. They can be utilized instantly or put aside for some time till wanted.

  3. Shake dressing substances in a jar.

  4. Toss – Place all of the salad substances besides the lime cashews in a bowl and pour over the dressing. Toss properly. Then add half the cashews and toss via. Pour into a big serving bowl or particular person serving bowls, then sprinkle over the remaining cashews. Dive in!

Large bowl of Glass noodle salad ready to be served

How I make this noodle salad forward

If you happen to’re eager to get forward, you’ll be able to put together all of the parts individually forward of time then toss them collectively simply previous to serving. That is what I do – all the things is saved within the fridge. You possibly can simply put all the things in a single massive container, simply hold them separated:

  1. Noodles – soak, drain, rinse, detangle, cool.

  2. Cabbage, carrot and cucumber – slice, retailer in container.

  3. Shredded rooster – retailer in container.

  4. Mint and coriander / cilantro leaves – Choose, wash, dry, retailer in paper towel lined container, lined with paper towel then a lid.

  5. Lime crumble – make and hold within the fridge. If you happen to made it a day+ forward, give it a contemporary spritz of lime juice and zest.

  6. Dressing – shake in jar, retailer in fridge.

If you happen to do that, the salad might be made as much as 3 days forward (the rooster will dictate the shelf life). Useful for meal prep / work lunches.

Hope you’re keen on this as a lot as I do! – Nagi x

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Close up photo of Glass noodle salad

Glass noodle salad (cellophane / bean thread noodles)

Servings3 – 4

Faucet or hover to scale

Recipe video above. This Asian-style salad combines glass noodles with contemporary herbs, greens and shredded rooster with a hoisin dressing that is barely creamy so it clings properly to the slippery noodles. The lime cashew crumble actually makes this, so do not skip it!Terrific no-cook meal for warm summer time nights. Skip the rooster to show it into a superb starch + veg facet for Asian meals. Serves 3 to 4 as a meal, 5 to six as a facet. Extra meal-size salads right here!


  • Glass noodles: Place dry noodles in a bowl and canopy with freshly boiled water. Go away for 3 to 4 minutes or till clear and softened. Drain utilizing a colander, rinse underneath faucet water (for fast cool and scale back stickiness) then detangle utilizing your fingers. Drain totally earlier than use. Put aside to totally cool.

  • Lime cashew crumble: Place substances in a bowl and toss. (No marinating time wanted)

  • Dressing: Place substances in a jar and shake till properly mixed.

  • Salad: Place glass noodle salad substances in a big bowl. Pour over dressing, toss properly. Add half the cashews, toss once more.

  • Serve: Switch to a big salad bowl or particular person bowls. Sprinkle with remaining lime cashew crumble and serve!

Recipe Notes:

1. Glass noodles are bought labelled as bean thread vermicelli noodles or cellophane noodles. As soon as soaked, they turn into clear, therefore the identify! I take advantage of Double Pheonix model which is bought at on a regular basis grocery shops (Asian aisle) and Asian shops. See pictures in submit. Substitute with vermicelli noodles.
Ignore packet if it says to soak in chilly water. It takes “endlessly” / typically simply doesn’t work in any respect.
2. Hen – Or poach your personal, or use leftover cooked rooster or different proteins. To make this a facet salad, skip the rooster and improve the greens.
3. Kewpie is a Japanese model of mayonnaise that’s extensively out there as of late, bought within the Asian part of grocery shops. It’s such a small quantity it’s high quality to substitute with one other mayo. To make a mayo-free model, substitute with extra canola oil. Tahini would additionally work as a thickener and double up on beautiful sesame flavour.
4. Chinese language 5 spice is a spice mix out there at on a regular basis grocery shops. It’s a spice combine made with star anise, cloves, Chinese language cinnamon, fennel and Sichuan pepper than is used extensively in Chinese language cooking in addition to different Asian cuisines akin to Vietnamese.
Storage: Maintain the lime cashew crumble and dressing separate from the salad. Toss simply previous to serving. As soon as dressed, greatest consumed that day. Lime cashew crumble will hold for a number of days however lime flavour fades so greatest to make contemporary. Dressing will hold for 3 days.
Diet per serving, assuming 4 servings. 178 energy per serving is attributable to the cashews. I can not advocate skipping it (as a result of it’s SO GOOD!) however if you’re actually counting energy then it’s an choice….. Keep in mind, that is for a comparatively beneficiant serving and it’s for an entire meal that’s satisfying! 

Diet Data:

Energy: 617cal (31%)Carbohydrates: 41g (14%)Protein: 41g (82%)Fats: 33g (51%)Saturated Fats: 5g (31%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 9gMonounsaturated Fats: 15gTrans Fats: 0.03gLdl cholesterol: 92mg (31%)Sodium: 1247mg (54%)Potassium: 753mg (22%)Fiber: 3g (13%)Sugar: 7g (8%)Vitamin A: 2724IU (54%)Vitamin C: 18mg (22%)Calcium: 75mg (8%)Iron: 5mg (28%)

I really like noodle salads.


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