Friday, May 31, 2013

Vegan Cold Sesame Noodles

not to toot my own horn or anything,
but "best damn" doesn't even do it justice...
Cold Sesame Noodles
The Best Damn Creamy Tahini Sauce EVER.
One option (of many) for your cold sesame noodles:
top with sesame-lime roasted radishes,
sauteed greens, lime juice, sesame seeds and hemp seeds.

Medium-sized rice sticks.
I prefer these, but you can use almost any type of noodle.

In the winter I eat soup. Almost all day every day. When the seasons shift, I want noodles. Nothing but noodles. I love all manner of cold noodle dishes, but there is one that sits triumphantly atop the heap. One composition of noodle-y deliciousness that I could, without question, eat for every meal.  Cold sesame noodles. A perfectly versatile dish that can be dressed up or down, eaten as a side or a main, keeps incredibly well (hello picnic season) and is a snap to throw together. Below are a list of toppings and garnish suggestions, but you can use any vegetable/ protein combination that
strikes your fancy.

If you want to keep it simple, raw veggies are the way to go.
If you want to spend a bit more time, sauteed greens or
roasted root vegetables are a fantastic addition.
Then come the pickled things, all manner of herbs, fresh greens,
the possibilities are endless.
The aforementioned best damn tahini sauce ever.

Vegan Cold Sesame Noodles
Serves 6-8

1 lb rice or buckwheat noodles

Toppings suggestions:
Fried or baked tofu, sliced
Seasonal raw greens
Shredded or matchsticked carrots
Shredded Cabbage
Raw broccoli
Raw or roasted turnips
Raw or roasted radishes
sesame lime roasted radishes
Sauteed greens
Sliced mushrooms
soy pickled shiitake mushrooms

Sliced scallions
Extra lime
Fresh mint
Thai Basil
Sesame seeds
Hemp seeds

Creamy Tahini Sauce:
1/2c roasted tahini
2 Tbsp Tamari (gluten-free) or Soy Sauce
1/2 lime, juiced
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp light coconut milk
2 Tbsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 tsp organic sugar or agave
2 tsp chili sauce (optional)

Prepare rice noodles according to package directions.
Once cooked, drain, rinse under cold water and set aside.
Prepare tahini sauce by combining all ingredients and whisking together until smooth.
Place noodles in a medium mixing bowl and drizzle tahini sauce over the top.
Toss to combine.
Portion noodles into individual bowls and serve with toppings and garnishes.
If making ahead of time, keep toppings separate until serving.

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