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A Salad Roll In Salad Form: Nutty Noodle Salad Recipe


noodle salad with cilantro and cashews

When I used to have a downtown office job, at least once a week I would eat out at the Vietnamese restaurant that was down the street from my building. One of my favourite things to order was the salad rolls, complete with savoury nutty dipping sauce.

Fast forward ten years, and the little Vietnamese place is no longer there, which is fine by me since I eat out so rarely, and even less so in the downtown core. I miss it, though: those wonderful flavours, the great service, and the calming giant saltwater fish tank they had in the front entry.  

Salad rolls are fun to make but sometimes I want the flavour without all the effort. Enter this salad that captures the zest and savoury goodness of a salad roll, minus the rolling. It's chock-full of crisp vegetables, with a protein punch from the crunchy cashews. All that's missing from the experience is the saltwater fish tank.


1/3 cup almond butter
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil, or other mild oil such as canola
3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh grated gingerroot
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
1-250 gram package rice vermicelli noodles
2 medium carrots, sliced into matchsticks or grated
1 red pepper, sliced into matchsticks
2 mini cucumbers, halved lengthwise and then sliced
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped


  In a blender or food processor, blend together almond butter, grapeseed oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, lime, gingerroot, garlic, and honey.

  Prepare rice vermicelli as per package directions. Drain and rinse well with cold water.

  Stir together rice vermicelli, vegetables, and the almond butter dressing. Toss until mixed.

  Top with cashews and cilantro, and enjoy!

(Yield: 6-8 servings)

 Inspired by Dinner with Julie

Want more noodles? Try my Perfect Pad Thai, my Amazing Avocado Pasta Salad, or my Dill-icious Pasta Salad.