crunchy, tart, crisp, slippery, sweet, savory, tangy and spicy
this is my new favorite salad. i've had it every day for a week. by it's self, a great light snack or lunch, but topped with shrimp, shredded chicken, BBQ'd salmon?..a delicious, filling, low fat, low calorie meal. fresh and easy when you have some made up in the fridge. it saves well and gets even better as it sits.
i came across these strange Sea Tangle noodles at one of my Asian markets. i always have to try the weird thing that i've never seen before.
what a find!...these things are good!
the texture is soooo unexpected. they are crunchy right out of the bag...i mean CRUNCHY! they do soften a bit when the dressing is applied or after it sits.
the flavor?...there is none, so the noodles make for a great blank canvas.
great for filling up...they only have 6 calories per large handful. perfect for watching the swimsuit waistline.
they DO come in a big "tangle"...easy to separate and the wad in the bag grows into a HUGE pile o'glassy noodles.
if the crunch is too weird for you, put them in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes with a few squeezes of lemon juice. them strain them and dry as well as you can before putting them in salad.
they are also good warm. i haven't come up with any recipes yet, but i did try this dressing on the warm soft noodles and i think it would make a great side for something...anything.
hey...they're only 6 calories !
eat them with everything.
ASIAN SLAW SALAD
about 2 cups Sea Tangle Noodles, rinsed and dried as well as poss.
1 1/2-2 cups savoy cabbage, sliced very thin
10 snap peas, sliced diagonal
1/4 cup frozen peas
1/3 cup shredded carrots
1 celery stalk, slice thin on the diagonal
4 large basil...chiffonade
quite a few mint leaves depending on size...(i used about 10. mine were very small) torn or chiffonade
scallion or chives..i like just the green of the scallion.
VIETNAMESE STYLE DRESSING
2 Tbsp lime juice
1 1/2 Tbsp fish sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 to 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 to 2 tsp fresh ginger put through garlic press to extract juice and a little minced ginger.
pinch of red pepper flakes.
mix all ingredients together until sugar is dissolved. TASTE TEST...i might have added a little squeeze more lime. put it in a glass jar. i usually double the recipe so it's ready in the fridge.. give the jar a good shake before using.
NOTE...use sparingly so as not to over dress your salad. the salad will save better and sesame oil flavor goes a loooonnnng way. this was very good the next day for a packed lunch.