Is everyone ready for summer yet? I sure am! And the weather has finally started to agree, here in Raincouver…

I have lots planned for the coming few months, including making a special 21st birthday cake for my boyfriend, trips to Whistler, and the Gulf Islands. I can’t wait to soak up some sun, ride my bike, and spend lots of time with friends.

I think this recipe is perfect for the casual, laid-back social gatherings that summer brings. This is a beautiful Asian noodle salad, and it makes an absolute TON!  It’s an easy, no-stress recipe, just what you need when cooking for a lot of people, or bringing a dish to a neighbour’s BBQ. Just throw whatever veggies you have on hand into the mix! The dressing is amazing, too. Your house will smell fabulous as you chop up ginger, garlic, and cilantro. This salad is so fresh, colourful and summery, you won’t be able to resist it!

On another note…I have to say how proud I am of Rhys for finishing his first marathon!! I waited at the 30 km mark for him to run by, and surprised him with this sign. I may have been overly excited…

The sign was a joke (kind of!), as he had done pretty much no training for this 42 km race. I’m happy to say that he didn’t die, and he did a great job! His first words when he came across the finish line were “I will never do that again”. Hey…at least it’s crossed off the bucket list, right!?

 

Asian Noodle Salad (adapted from Pioneer Woman)
By Koko, May 23, 2012

Ingredients:
Soba Noodles – 1 package, cooked, rinsed, cooled
Napa cabbage – 1/2 head, sliced
Purple cabbage – 1/2 head, sliced
Baby Spinach – 1/2 bag
Red bell pepper – 1 whole, sliced
Orange bell pepper – 1 whole, sliced
Yellow bell pepper – 1 whole, sliced
Mung Bean Sprouts – 1-2 cups
Cilantro – 1 bunch, chopped
Scallions – 3, chopped
Cucumber – 1 whole, chopped
Cashews – 1 cup, toasted, chopped

For the Dressing – –
Lime – 1 whole, juiced
Olive oil – 8 Tbsp
Sesame Oil – 2 Tbsp
Soy Sauce – 8 Tbsp
Honey – 1/3 cup
Fresh ginger – 3 Tbsp
Garlic – 2 cloves, minced
Jalepenos – 2 whole, chopped
Instructions:
Mix salad ingredients together.
Whisk dressing ingredients together, and pour over salad. Serve in large platter.

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