Ginger Sesame Miso Noodle Bowl

 

Ingredients: Dressing (makes 3/4 cup dressing)

  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp white miso paste
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds + 1/2 tsp, divided
    • I mixed  half and half white and dark sesame seeds
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1 lg garlic clove
Noodle Bowl "stuff" -
Feel free to add whatever components sound interesting!  Here's what I added to mine.
  • Fresh baby spinach
  • Shredded carrots
  • Boiled thin spaghetti noodles
  • Shelled edamame
  • Grilled chicken (or protein of your choice)
  • Red bell pepper, sliced
  • Sliced almonds, toasted
  • Green onions/scallions, chopped
  • Cucumbers, seeded and diced
  • Crispy chow mein noodles
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

Written Method: 

For the dressing -  Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.  I added the 1/2 tsp extra sesame seeds after processing the dressing so you could see them.  That's it.  I find the dressing tastes best if you make it ahead of time and let it sit.  Even the day before if you want to.  It will separate into layers.  That's okay.  Just shake it up or stir it around before serving. 


For the noodle bowl -  Make your pasta, adding in the edamame in the last few minutes to get them warm. Drain and rinse to remove starch from pasta.  Chop your veggies and set it all out buffet style.  Allow your guests or family to mix, match, and make their noodle bowls as interesting as they would like.  Feel free to add ingredients that seem interesting.  I like having the different textures and flavors at work here, so that's why I chose this combination of ingredients. 

*This dressing would work just as well over just noodles and chicken if you don't wish to add all the other fixings in there.  (If you wanted to go that route, you may want to add a little cornstarch and heat the dressing to make a noodle sauce.)  Or conversely, if you wanted to just have the grilled chicken and salad items without the noodles, you could go that direction.  But all together... this noodle bowl was a lot of fun!!