Have you worked with cellophane noodles before?
Don’t let the transparency fool you. These delicate noodles may not look like much but they soak up a ton of flavor! Sweet mangos are the fresh feature in this Asian inspired salad. They combine with cool English cucumbers and the heat of jalapeno peppers to top those light noodles soaked in a spicy gingery garlic vinaigrette. Fresh cilantro and lime juice keep this salad bright and fresh.
What a perfect light lunch that could be made more substantial with the addition of protein if you’d like. I think shrimp would be great!
The mangos are soft and sweet. The cucumbers are cool and crunchy. The ingredients for the dressing are mixed in a blender and poured over the cellophane noodles allowing them to soak in all the spicy heat!
You can see the flecks of jalapeno all over this salad. Lots of sweet heat and contrasting textures.
While the noodles absorb all the flavor here, this salad is best served the day it is made.
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- ½ cup of seasoned rice vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
- the juice of 1 lime
- 1 Tablespoon of fresh, chopped ginger
- 2 teaspoons of minced jalapeno pepper
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 8 ounces of cellophane noodles
- 1 English cucumber halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
- 1 bunch of scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and chopped
- 1 cup of fresh cilantro
- Place the vinegar, oil, lime juice, ginger, jalapeno and garlic in a blender and puree until smooth.
- Soak the cellophane noodles in cold water for about 15 minutes until pliable.
- Drain the noodles in a colander and cut them in half with a scissor.
- Cook the noodles in a pot of boiling, salted water, stirring occasionally until tender, about 2 minutes.
- Drain the noodles and rinse with cold water.
- Drain the noodles again and spread on a paper towel and blot the excess liquid.
- In a large bowl, toss the noodles and the dressing.
- Add the mangos, cucumbers and scallions and toss until combined.
- Top with chopped cilantro and serve.
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