Korean Buckwheat Noodle Salad
YIELD: 4 servings
PREP TIME: 15min
COOK TIME : 10min
TOTAL TIME: 25 min
- 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
- 2 tablespoons rice wine
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined—see notes
- 1 tablespoon gochujang (adjust according to preference)
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese rice wine)
- 1 tablespoon ponzu, tamari, or soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon freshZen Ginger Scallion Garlic Pesto
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 8 ounces Japanese or Korean buckwheat noodles—see notes
- 1 red bell pepper, julienned
- 1 cup matchstick carrots
- 1 cup matchstick snow peas (lightly cooked)
- 3 scallions, chopped (reserve some for garnish)
- sesame oil, to drizzle on noodles
- toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
- Mix together protein marinade ingredients.
- Add peeled and deveined shrimp or other protein to the marinade.
- Boil water in a large pot. When the water is boiling, add the noodles and cook according to package instructions. Be sure not to overcook the noodles.
- While your noodles cook, grill the shrimp (or other protein) over a hot grill. This requires a minute or two per side if using shrimp, depending on your grill. Adjust accordingly.
- Rinse, drain, and toss the noodles with a bit of sesame oil, then set aside.
- Toss the prepared veggies and noodles with the dressing. Top with the grilled shrimp (or other protein), and garnish with remaining scallions and toasted sesame seeds.
- While I do like shrimp, there are several other options for proteins. Try grilled tofu (firm), grilled tempeh, precooked rotisserie chicken, or chicken breasts. Chicken would require 1 to 2 hours ahead of time to absorb the flavor of the marinade, but shrimp, tempeh and tofu take less time.
- I give my noodle salad a sweet twist by adding honey or maple syrup.
- As mentioned above, you can substitute other noodles. Remember to follow the directions on the package. No one likes soggy noodles!
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