Friday, May 27, 2005

Killer Noodle Salad

My mom asked for this recipe (OK, she asked for a similar one, discovering later that she already had it but I think this one is better) so I'm posting it here since it is most definitely worthy! This is great for summer potlucks - no mayonnaise!

12 to 15 oz chucka soba noodles (two six-oz pk or three five-oz pk; these are dried, also marked chow mein noodles)
1.5t dk sesame oil
.33C rice vinegar
juice and grated peel of 1 fresh lime
.5C soy sauce
2t crushed red pepper flakes or 2t garlic chili sauce
2T granulated sugar
2 cloves garlic
1C grated carrot (about 2 Med)
.75C coarsely chopped dry roasted peanuts
.5C chopped fresh cilantro

Make noodles per pkg. drain, rinse w/cold water and let cool.
Combine everything up to carrots. Mix til sugar is dissolved. Toss in everything else, chopping through noodles if desired to make them more manageable. Let stand at least an hour to mingle flavors & toss again before serving.

leftover cilantro?

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Taco Salad

This is an easy salad that we do a lot for potlucks. We had it recently for a "party" at work too, which was kind of fun, because everyone only had to bring an ingredient or two, and then we dumped it all together. The measurements are pretty loose. As Rachel Ray would say, "Eyeball it!"

1 bag of salad mix
Chopped tomato (1 big one or 1-2 Roma)
Diced avocados (1-2 depending on size and how much you like avocado)
1 small can sliced olives
1 can red beans , drained
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1 lb browned and seasoned taco meat, cooled
2 c shredded cheddar (we usually just buy a bag of it - Monterey Jack would probably also be good...Sometimes we buy the mixed "Mexican cheese" bag)
crumbled tortilla chips (we prefer Lime & Chile Tostitos or Doritos; someone at work also suggested fritos. That would probably work too. All I know is that flavored chips in colors not normally found in nature tend to taste good in this. We tried it once with plain tortilla chips, and it was still crunchy, but kind of bland.)

Get a big bowl. Put everything together in it and add dressing (The Original Taco House's house dressing is good, so is El Torito's Cilantro Pepita dressing. A good salsa mixed with sour cream would probably also work. We us that on Taco Pasta Salad that we really like, but have never tried it on this. I bet it would be fine, though.) Toss.