Szechuan Noodle Salad

After this meal, I decided to coin the term “Carbivore” for my three-year old son Isaac.  Of all the food we had at dinner, he ate only noodles… which fits the pattern of his eating: bread, noodles, rice, etc.  But, these noodles were great – spicy and delicious!  We had them with the Soy-Ginger Chicken (which I wouldn’t do again because it was a little too similar in ingredients) but overall great.

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Szechuan Noodle Salad

6 oz. whole wheat linguine
1/4 c. bottled Szechuan sauce (*See note in Food for Thought)
1 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
2 tsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. lime juice
1 c. matchstick-cut carrots
1/2 c. matchstick-cut green onions

Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Whisk Szechuan sauce, peanut butter, soy sauce, and lime juice until well combined. Toss noodles, carrots, green onions together with Szechuan mixture. Serve with your favorite Asian dish.

Food for Thought: You could easily make this dish a stand-alone meal as well, either as a vegetarian option or adding some beef or chicken to it.

*I couldn’t find bottled Szechuan sauce in the grocery store so I used the following to make 1/4 c. Szechuan-type sauce based on a few recipes I found online. I thought it tasted pretty good and was a quick and easy substitute for something I couldn’t find in the store.

1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 Tbsp. sesame oil
1 1/2 Tbsp. dry sherry
1/2 Tbsp. Srirachi sauce
pinch red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt

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One response

  1. You can find Szechuan sauce in the Asian grocery store (Asian Food Market) on Cliff Rd. in Eagan (shopping center across from the DMV and just before the 77/Cedar Ave. ramp).

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