The simplicity and freshness of this salad are addictive. Serve as a starter or side. For a beautiful presentation, arrange the salad elements in separate piles. Toss everything together just before eating.
2/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 large limes)
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons crushed red pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
6 ounces bean threads (cellophane noodles)
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
2 cups grated English cucumber
2 cups grated carrot
6 tablespoons chopped dry-roasted peanuts
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
How to Make It
To prepare dressing, combine first 5 ingredients, stirring with a whisk.
To prepare salad, cook cellophane noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain. Set aside.
Combine water, salt, and eggs, stirring with a whisk. Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a small nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Pour half of egg mixture into pan; quickly tilt pan in all directions so egg mixture covers pan with a thin film. Cook 1 minute or until done. Place cooked egg on a cutting board. Repeat procedure with remaining egg mixture and oil. Cut egg rounds in half, and cut into thin strips.
Arrange 1/2 cup cellophane noodles, 1/3 cup cucumber, 1/3 cup carrot, 1 tablespoon peanuts, 2 teaspoons cilantro, and 2 teaspoons basil in separate piles on each of 6 plates. Serve each salad with about 3 tablespoons dressing.
This is just wonderful for anyone who likes spicy southeast asian food. It's also so light and refreshing on a hot night. The only changes I made were to omit the garlic from the dressing (taste buds like it but stomach won't digest raw garlic). (Next time I might add some daikon radish too). I chilled the bean threads in the freezer for a few minutes in a pretty glass bowl and put them on the table like that, with the other ingredients on a big platter from which we helped ourselves. Served with the Hot and Sour Coconut Soup. CL This is really a treat!
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