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Cucumber and Noodle Salad

Total time 45 mins
Yield Serves 4
Intensely flavorful Chinese sausage is worth seeking out for this salad. If you can't find it, bacon also pairs well with the sweet cucumbers and peanut dressing.

Ingredients

  • 10 ounce dried Chinese-style noodles (lo mein or chow mein)* or spaghetti
  • 3 or 4 Persian cucumbers (about 5 in. long) or 10 oz. English or Armenian cucumbers
  • 6 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons old-fashioned peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon dark molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups (7 oz.) thinly sliced lop chong* (Chinese sausage) or 3/4 cup chopped bacon
  • 1 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cups loosely packed salad greens
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted salted peanuts

Nutrition Information

  • calories 726
  • caloriesfromfat 54 %
  • protein 25 g
  • fat 44 g
  • satfat 11 g
  • carbohydrate 62 g
  • fiber 4.6 g
  • sodium 1950 mg
  • cholesterol 9.1 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook noodles according to package instructions until just tender (or longer, if you prefer a softer texture that absorbs sauce more easily). Drain, rinse well with cool water, and set aside. Cut cucumbers into 1/2- by 1 1/2-in. pieces. Set aside.

  2. Whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, oil, peanut butter, and molasses in a large bowl; set aside.

  3. Lightly brown sausage in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, stirring, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

  4. Add drained noodles to peanut butter sauce, tossing to coat, then add sausages, cilantro, basil, and about two-thirds of cucumbers. Line 4 wide, shallow bowls with salad greens and add pasta. Top with remaining cucumbers and sprinkle with peanuts.

  5. *Find at well-stocked grocery stores, Asian markets, and amazon.com.