This Asian-inspired salad is stacked with nutritious ingredients. Perfect for lunch or dinner this tantalizing mix will be sure to ignite your taste buds!
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
small handful of snow peas, thinly sliced
1 carrot, coarsely grated
1½ cups (375 mL) diced pineapple
2 green onions, thinly sliced
¼ cup (60 mL) peanut butter, at room temperature
1½ tbsp (22 mL) rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice
1 tbsp (15 mL) low-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp (15 mL) ginger, finely minced
2 tsp (10 mL) sesame oil
½ to 1 tsp (2 to 5 mL) hot Chinese chili garlic sauce
8 oz (250 g) soba noodles
½ cup (125 mL) shredded fresh mint or chopped coriander
¼ cup (60 mL) unsalted peanuts
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, prepare vegetables and pineapple and place in a large bowl.
In a food processor, whirl peanut butter with vinegar, lime juice, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, ½ tsp (2 mL) chili garlic sauce. Turn into a bowl. Whisk in 2 to 5 tbsp (30 to 75 mL) water to make a thick dressing.
Add soba noodles to boiling water. Cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold running water until no longer hot. Drain very well and pat dry. Place in bowl with vegetable mixture. Toss with dressing then mint. Mix to combine. For a spicier salad add remaining chili sauce. Sprinkle each serving with peanuts and a wedge of lime for squeezing over top.
Per serving: 228 calories, 11 g protein, 10 g fat (2 g saturated, 0 g trans fat, 2 g monounsaturated fat, 2 g polyunsatured fat), 43 g carbohydrates, 0 mg cholesterol, 3 g fibre, 481 mg sodium, 4 g sugar, 401 mg potassium, 54 mg calcium (5% DV), 3 mg iron (21% DV)