Summer Salad w/ Spicy Peanut Curry Sauce

Servings: 4  Prep Time:  15 min+  Cook Time:  10 min

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Here's what you need:

For the Sauce:

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2" thick slice of ginger
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (half creamy, half chunky)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (none of that low fat junk)
  • 2 TB red curry paste
  • 1 TB wine vinegar
  • 2 TB soy or teriyaki sauce (the "teriyaki" I found out here is mostly soy sauce with a little sugar and vinegar in it - no ginger or garlic. Weird.)
  • juice of half of one lime
  • 1/2 tsp sambal (or hot sauce of your choice), more or less to taste
For the Salad:
  • 1/2 pound long, thin noodles, cut/broken into 2" long pieces*, and cooked according to package directions
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1/2 zucchini, grated
  • 1 small kohlrabi, grated (chop the green leafy parts and thrown them in with your cooking pasta in the last 4-5 minutes) 
  • 1 bell pepper, small dice

Here's what you do:

Note: If you have a food processor, feel free to put all the sauce ingredients in (except the chunky peanut butter) and puree until smooth. Stir the chunky PB in after processing to maintain its chunky texture. If it's too runny, add a little more PB - too thick, add more coconut milk or lime (depending on your taste). If you don't have a food processor, follow these directions:

  • Finely mince your ginger and garlic. Then, using the flat of your blade (or a mortar and psetle if you have it), mash them into a paste. Sprinkle on a little salt to make the going easier. Mix this paste with the rest of your sauce ingredients. If you have time, allow to sit at room temp for about an hour to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Mix your sauce with your warm noodles and grated veggies. You can substitute in any veggies you want - it's a great way to dress up leftovers. Serve warm or cold - either way is awesome.
  • Optional: Add in some stir-fried tofu, chicken, or shrimp that have been marinated in some of the PB sauce, or in a vinaigrette of hot sauce, lime juice, olive oil, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • This sauce is also great for dipping crudites!



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