4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

The texture of rice noodles and pork is impervious to the Thai-inspired dressing. In fact, the longer this sits, the better its flavor. This one-fork main-dish salad requires no separate packing.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook rice sticks according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and rinse with cold water, and drain well. Place cooked noodles in a large bowl.

Step 2

Slice pork lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side. Open halves, laying pork flat, and rub with 1 tablespoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and garlic. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork; sauté for 7 minutes on each side or until done. Cool slightly. Coarsely chop pork; add to noodles in bowl.

Step 3

Combine the coconut milk, juice, and sugar in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until reduced to 1 1/2 cups (about 10 minutes). Stir in 1 tablespoon ginger and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Remove from heat; cool.

Step 4

Add the coconut dressing, jalapeño, mint, and peanuts to noodles; toss well to combine. Chill until ready to serve.

Step 5

Note: To keep the peanuts fresh, toss them with the salad just before serving. Seed the jalapeño for a milder salad.

Ratings & Reviews

anc0406's Review

April 27, 2009
This turned out okay, but something more is needed. I may try adding some garlic chile sauce next time, as well as some veggies. Convenient for lunch at the office!

kgothie's Review

November 30, 2008
My husband and I love this dish. It has very unique flavors and tastes especially good after sitting for a night. For those who think it is too lemony - you need to make sure to reduce the sauce enough. It usually takes me closer to 20 minutes to get it right. And I measure to make sure it is down to 1.5 cups.