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Crisp Lettuces with Asian Noodles

Prep and Cook Time: about 35 minutes. Notes: Use crunchy lettuces like Sierra, a bronze-tinged iceberg cousin, and a red romaine like Ruben's Red--or a mix of iceberg and romaine.

Sunset MAY 2006

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings


  • 8 ounces capellini or angel hair pasta, broken into about 2-inch lengths
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon Asian (toasted) sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon Asian chili oil
  • 1 8-ounce package savory baked tofu such as five-spice-flavor, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 8 ounces crisp lettuces, cut crosswise in 1/4-inch-wide strips
  • 1 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves, rinsed
  • 1 cup chopped salted roasted peanuts
  • Soy sauce


1. Fill a 5- to 6-quart pan 3/4 full of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

2. Meanwhile, in a large serving bowl, stir together vinegar, peanut oil, sesame oil, and chili oil.

3. Add hot noodles to bowl. Gently stir with oil mixture, then add tofu, lettuce, cilantro, and peanuts and toss lightly to coat. Season each serving to taste with soy sauce.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 646
  • Calories from fat: 50%
  • Protein: 29g
  • Fat: 36g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrate: 56g
  • Fiber: 6.7g
  • Sodium: 623mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

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