Serious Eats: Recipes
Serious Salads: Asian Chicken Noodle Salad with Ginger-Peanut Dressing
Note: We'd like to introduce you to a new weekly column around these parts that's devoted to salads. Salads aren't just rabbit food—they can be colorful, crunchy, vibrant, filling, and exciting. Jennifer of the blog Once Upon a Chef will show us how to toss up a tasty one each week. Take it away, Jennifer! —Mgmt.
This main-dish-salad is everything you want a summertime meal to be: flavorful, light and totally satisfying. Shredded roasted chicken and soba noodles are tossed in a punchy soy, ginger and peanut dressing, then brightened up with a colorful mix of red peppers, scallions and cilantro. Chopped peanuts and sesame seeds add welcome crunch.
Feel free to make the chicken and dressing ahead of time but cook and dress the noodles at the last minute so they don't get soggy. Soba noodles, the buckwheat noodles native to Japan, are available at Asian markets and many grocery stores but if you can't find them, spaghetti makes a perfectly fine substitute.
About the author: Jennifer Segal is the chef behind the popular food blog Once Upon a Chef.