Asian Peanut Noodle Salad by Trader Joe’s

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If you are looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, Trader Joe’s recipe for Asian Peanut Noodle Salad is a great solution. My daughter and I sampled this when we were last in their store and loved it. This recipe calls for only a few items which is really nice when you just want to have a homemade, fresh dinner and you don’t have a lot of time. Schedules can get so hectic with parents working, kids’ sports and other activities and there are times it seems easier and faster to just run out and grab a quick bite.  I don’t know about you, but I always feel much healthier when I am cooking at home versus eating out.  I know what is going into my recipe and I can control the salt that goes in as well.

When Trader Joe’s was sampling this, they used one package of Capellini noodles, a bottle of their Spicy Asian Peanut Dressing, a half package of shredded carrots, a bottle of Spicy Asian Peanut Dressing and Thai Lime and Chili Cashews.  When I made this tonight, I actually used spaghetti noodles and added chopped cilantro and green onions, a suggestion of theirs, plus a dash of crushed red pepper flakes for a little bit of extra heat.

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I am serving this with a simple salad of mixed herb lettuce, grape tomatoes and cucumber.  For the dressing, I started with bottled Ranch dressing and added the zest and juice of one lime for freshness.  I hope you enjoy this wonderful Trader Joe’s recipe.

Asian Peanut Noodle Salad

  • One Package Capellini or Spaghetti Noodles
  • One bottle Asian Style Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette
  • Half Package Shredded Carrots
  • 1/2 cup Thai Lime and Chili Cashews, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 3 Scallions, chopped
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, a pinch

Boil your water for the noodles you choose and while your water is coming to a boil, chop your cashews, carrots (I know they come shredded, but I chopped them into bite size), scallions and cilantro.  Set aside.  Boil your noodles according to the package instructions. When the noodles are done, drain them and put back in the pot.  Mix the ingredients that you set aside into the noodles, add the bottle of vinaigrette and toss.  Enjoy!

Mixed Herb Salad

  • One bag of Herb Salad Mix
  • One carton of grape tomatoes
  • One Scallion
  • 2 Clementines
  • Shredded Carrots

Put the Herb Salad Mix into a bowl.  Halve your grape tomatoes and place on salad greens. Dice the scallion and add to the salad.  Toss a few shredded carrots onto the top and place the segments of two clementines on your salad.  Make sure to sprinkle a bit of kosher salt onto your salad.

Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Bottled Ranch Dressing
  • Zest and Juice of One Lime
  • Zest of 2 Clementines

Pour 1/2 cup of dressing into a bowl.  Zest one lime and two clementines into the dressing. Stir together and serve over salad.

Until next time, Kris

 

Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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