Mint, cucumber and chilled noodles make this, "ohhh so easy to throw together" spicy noodle dish light and refreshing during this hot Hawaiian summer. Add the crunch of raw salted peanuts and it's down right addicting. This makes a pretty big serving. Definitely enough for 2 people for 2 meals. This is always a plus when it's too hot and humid to cook.
Spicy & Cold Rice Noodle Bowl
1 bag of this rice noodles, cook according to directions, rise with cold water and then set aside.
3/4 cup shredded carrots
1 cucumber, seeded and thinly sliced
handful of chopped mint
handful of chopped cilantro ( optional )
handful of torn Thai basil but not Italian basil ( this is optional too )
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup honey or agave ( to make it vegan )
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tsp tamari or soy sauce
1 shallot peeled ( minced )
3 cloves of garlic ( minced )
1/2 tsp to 1 tsp hot chili flakes
1/2 tsp salt
chopped green onion
cubed sauteed tofu
squeeze of lime
Combine all ingredients in a lidded jar and shake until well combined. Toss cold noodles with veggies and herbs, add dressing and toss until mixed through. This dish tastes best when it's well chilled and it's even better the next day.