If you are looking for a delicious cold Asian noodle salad look no further. Peanut noodle salad is light and fresh, with a subtle peanut dressing. Loaded with fresh mango, white onions, broccoli and red peppers, this mostly raw noodle salad recipe is a quick and easy dinner ready in under 20 minutes.
And, in the summertime, when it's hot outside, and I don't feel like cooking, a cold noodle salad is exactly what I need.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE NEEDED FOR PEANUT NOODLE SALAD
HOW TO GET THE KIDS TO EAT THEIR FRUITS AND VEGGIES!
- White onion
- Red Bell Pepper
WHY RICE NOODLES? 4-6 MINUTES AND DONE!
Rice noodles are noodles made from rice, so they are naturally gluten-free. The principal ingredients, for example, are rice flour and water. Not only are rice noodles delicious, but they also cook in 4-6 minutes, depending on how you like them. Furthermore, rice noodles absorb the flavors of the dressing and maintain their texture regardless of dressing in advance.
Another great tip for cooking rice noodles is to remember, you can cook vegetables, like broccoli, at the same time in the same pot, since they cook so quickly.
When the noodles are done cooking, immediately transfer to a colander and run cold water through the noodles to stop cooking. Because peanut noodle salad is served cold, you want to make sure the noodles are cool before you add the dressing.
As I stated earlier, you can cook the broccoli with the noodles together, which means they can be rinsed and cooled together. Or, you can steam your broccoli separate if you prefer.
HOW TO MAKE A LITE COCONUT PEANUT DRESSING
- Low-fat coconut milk (or lite coconut milk)
- Natural peanut butter
- Massaman curry paste (sub red curry paste)
- Lime juiced and zested
Once the noodles are cool, I suggest tossing the noodles in the dressing before adding the fruit and vegetables.
Then add all the other ingredients, and gently toss together using tongs, coating the vegetables with the coconut dressing.
In order to serve peanut noodle salad, I chose to top with grilled tofu, peanuts, and cilantro. But, feel free to skip the tofu and enjoy the noodle salad with all the vegetables, mango, and peanuts on top.
HOW TO GRILL COCONUT TOFU FOR PEANUT NOODLE SALAD
HOW TO KNOW WHAT TYPE OF TOFU TO BUY FOR GRILLED TOFU:
Since then, of course, I have learned a thing or two. The type of tofu you buy, for instance, is extremely important. For instance, soft tofu is used for dressing, dips, and sauces.
Extra-firm tofu, the other hand, is made for entrees and can be baked, air-fried, grilled, or sauteed. As a general rule, I always buy the firmest tofu I can find.
Additionally, sprouted tofu is the firmest tofu, and it does not require pressing. To be honest, this one is my favorite, simply because I don’t have to press it. I just use a paper towel to dry it off, and it’s ready to go.
For years I avoided eating tofu. Every time I made tofu, I ended up moving it to the side of the plate, because it was either fried or mushy. Most restaurants fry it, which doesn’t interest me, and those who bake and grill it seemed to have the same issues I did; soft tasteless tofu.
Then, I figured it out with the help of my EZ Tofu Press. I bought it on Amazon, and in the beginning, I made the same mistakes. I didn’t follow the directions ( a problem I have haha); I was in a hurry as I usually am, and I got the same results….tasteless tofu I didn’t like.
I have many friends who share the same frustration, and although I have posted recipes with similar instructions, this post is literally all about the proper pressing and cooking, so you can enjoy tofu as much as I do.
HOW TO PRESS TOFU FOR GRILLED TOFU RECIPE
First, carefully remove the tofu from the package, discarding the fluid from the package.
Then, place the tofu in the middle of the press and turn both knobs equally about four turns. I usually place the tofu press in the sink on its side, but for this visual post, I placed it on a plate to drain.
- Turn the knobs every two minutes, equally until you have the end result (the last picture).
- Most people stop here…NOT YET. Keep turning until the knobs are screwed as far as they can to almost touch the end like this:
- Although I have never tried this, I decided this time, I would measure the amount of water I got from the bottom of the plate at the end.
- The amount was 3/4 cup fluid
- Now, remove the press from the plate, and I give it another press with some paper towel for excess fluid removal.
- Next, cut tofu into 4 identical slabs
Even though I prefer grilled tofu, not everyone has a grill or the climate to grill outdoors. For that reason, other cooking options are available, so you don’t miss out on this fabulous tofu recipe.
- Preheat the grill to low
- Place a grill mat on the grill (you can also use a grill pan, or if you are careful, you can place the tofu directly on the grill.
- Cook for about 8 minutes on each side
- Remove from the grill and place back in the marinade until ready to use.
- Then, cut it into strips or cubes
BAKING TOFU IS JUST AS EASY
- Simply follow the same pressing and marinating process.
- Then, preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Place cut or uncut tofu on a silicone baking mat or parchment paper
- Cook for 15 minutes
- Remove from oven and flip tofu over; cook for an additional 15 minutes.
- Simply follow the same pressing and marinating process.
- Set air fryer temperature at 375 degrees
- Cook 10-15 minutes, shaking the basket a couple of times through the cooking process.
Although I love grilled tofu on its own, I love adding a fresh mango salsa on top! The coconut curry flavor of the marinade, for instance, pairs perfectly with the peanut noodle salad.
IF YOU LOVE ASIAN RECIPES, HOT OR COLD, WE HAVE GREAT IDEAS
- Cabbage Asian Salad
- Asian Salad with Peanut Dressing
- Asian Coleslaw
- Grilled Asian Sesame Tofu with Vegetable Slaw
- Kale Asian Pasta Salad
- Vegan Poke Bowl Recipe
- Vegan Lo Mein
- General Tso Cauliflower
- Tofu Banh Mi
- Vietnamese Noodles
- Yum Yum Noodles
- Spicy Thai Vegan Drunken Noodles with Seared Tofu
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂