Photo and recipe contributed by Marcia Selden Catering, CT.
Here’s a delicious, vegetarian and vegan, room temperature pasta dish that requires little cooking and is light, easy, and delicious. For a gluten- free version, check out this Shirataki pasta and seek out soy-free soy sauce at your local Whole Foods.
This Asian noodle dish only gets better as it hangs out in your fridge for a couple of days. It’s perfect on its own or alongside simply grilled chicken or fish. It travels well to a friend’s backyard buffet, beach or boat and is perfect for brown baggin’ it to work or camp.
This crowd pleaser is super simple to assemble and do-ahead.
This recipe is vegetarian, vegan and pareve (non-dairy). For a gluten-free version, see note about shiratake noodles.
- 1 lb. Linguine Fini (Thin), soba, cellophane or shiratake (tofu) noodles
- ½ lb. snow pea pods
- ½ lb. shitake mushrooms- washed and sliced
- ½ each red and yellow peppers- slivered
- ½ C. chopped cilantro
- ½ C. baby corn, thinly sliced
- 3 scallions, sliced thin in rounds
- 1 T. toasted sesame seeds
- 1 T. black sesame seeds
- ½ C. vegetable oil
- ½ C. sesame oil
- 1 C. rice vinegar
- ½ C. soy sauce
- ¼ C. grated ginger
- 3 cloves garlic crushed
- 2 T. sugar
- 1T. grated orange rind
- Sriracha- optional to taste
- Cook the pasta al dente. Be careful not to overcook. Rinse in cold water and place in a bowl and then into the refrigerator to chill.
- Mix all of the dressing ingredients together to incorporate all of the flavors.
- Drop the pea pods and mushrooms into boiling water and remove after 1 minute. Run under cold water to stop the cooking.
- Mix all of the vegetables: pea pods, mushrooms, peppers, baby corn and scallions and cilantro with ½ cup of dressing.
- Add to the chilled noodles and toss to coat. Add more dressing if needed.
- Place into a serving dish and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and cilantro leaves.
Note: almost any vegetable can be added to the basic noodles and dressing. Just mix the noodles tossed with dressing and then add your favorite vegetables.