Thai Basil Cold Noodle Salad

Yield: 4 servings

This recipe is made extra special with Thai Basil, Mint and Cilantro from the farm garden wall.

INGREDIENTS

SALAD

  • 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced cucumbers
  • 1/2 cups julienned carrot
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves, save some whole leaves for garnish.
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh thai basil leaves

NOODLES

1/2 lb dried rice stick noodles (flat and pretty straight), cooked

TOPPING

  • 4 grilled boneless skinless chicken thighs, sliced (marinaded 60mins in soy sauce then grilled on bbq, add some salt if you marinate for less time)

GARNISH

  • 2 Tablespoons chopped roasted peanuts
  • 10 fresh cilantro sprigs, chopped
  • Vietnamese dipping sauce

Dipping Sauce (yield 1.5 cups)
keeps 1 month refrigerated, this makes extra

  • 2 small cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground chili paste
  • 1 fresh thai bird chili, chopped (optional, can use less, or in a pinch can substitute a seeded serrano)
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce (the milder lighter-colored dipping version)
  • 2/3 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice with pulp
  • 1/4 cup sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

  • For Noodles – Cook by adding to a large pot of boiling water that’s been removed from heat, and let stand for 10 or more minutes, stirring occasionally. Soak until noodles are soft but firm. Then drain, or serve straight from the water using tongs, and store any extra in cold water, covered, in ‘fridge. Bigger/thicker noodles take a lot longer.
  • Combine all salad ingredients and toss gently. Place about a cup of the salad mix in individual pasta bowls Top each with about two cups of the noodles. Put one sliced chicken thigh on the noodles, garnish with the peanuts and cilantro. Each guest should drizzle on 3-4 tablespoons of the Vietnamese dipping sauce, and then toss the noodles several times with chopsticks (or fork) to blend the ingredients

For Dipping Sauce

  1. Place garlic, chili paste, chili and fish sauce in a jar and use a stick blender to vaporize.
  2. Combine the garlic mixture with the remaining ingredients. Stir until sugar has dissolved

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