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Thai Noodle Salad in bowl with fork.

Peanut Noodle Salad

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I spy a noodle salad with peanut lime dressing that wants to loooove you. ♡

Annnnnd we are back on track!

Er, okay, getting there, at least. With the help of this friendly little peanut noodle salad and its packed-in veggies, protein, healthy fats, and major flavor, I am doing some post-girls’-trip resetting to get back to the norm of solid healthy eating. And by “norm”, I mean the first time in a few months thanks to all that first trimester craziness. Just let me pretend.

Our girls’ trip to San Diego this weekend was just… well, it was a lot of different things. Mostly it was really nice to get away from Facebook and CNN and NPR radio news for a few days, and to have 4-hour extended happy hour sessions and watch seals flopping in and out of the ocean and pop in for a little ice cream at 11am because it’s California and WHY NOT. We soaked up the sun and the ocean, we had pizza delivered to our room for a midnight snack, and we reconnected over slow meals in sweet, hard, and meaningful ways.

I’ll tell you more about it later this week – I have just a few pictures to share. 😬 And I want to talk more in depth about everything that’s going on right now, because is it just me? Or does it feel like things are kinda heavy? I am still mentally working out how to even talk about it.

But for today, I’m just giving my food life to you in real-time. I got home from the trip on Sunday night, did a reset on Monday including a speedy fast trip to the grocery store, and found myself yesterday chopping like a ninja and then devouring this salad as a “detox” back into normal person eating (a tad generous with the term detox, maybe, yes, leave me alone I’M PREG).

Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing in bowls with forks

I felt the need for both veggies and protein, and even though I’m usually 100% picky and weird about chicken, this chicken was okay for me. I marinated it and then baked it so it was perfectly cooked and flavorful. Alright! Not bad, Linds. Not bad. I picked out a few of my favorite colorful vegetables for a peanut noodle salad situation (peppers, spinach, carrots) and then tossed it all with stir fried brown rice noodles and a quick and easy punchy Thai-inspired peanut lime dressing. The written recipe looks like a lot of work, and it does take a little time to prep each part, but it’s in that therapeutic way where you feel like you have really given your food the time and intention it deserves. Without it taking more than 45 minutes.

All in all, this salad is kind of a cousin of a few other salads I have on the blog (think Thai Chicken SaladVietnamese Chicken Salad w NoodlesChopped Thai Salad: vegetarian version), but tailored to what I exactly wanted and had on hand at the particular moment yesterday, which was a way to reset to healthy, veggie-and-protein packed eating that didn’t taste lonely and depressing.

Let me check – NOPE. No depressed feelings here.

Just a happy, back-on-track Peanut Noodle Salad with that extra-limey dressing, for the love of all things wonderful.

Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing in a bowl with a fork
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Thai Noodle Salad in bowl with fork.

Peanut Noodle Salad


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Description

Peanut Noodle Salad – veggies, chicken, brown rice noodles, and an easy homemade dressing. My favorite salad ever!


Ingredients

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For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass or ginger paste
  • a couple BIG squeezes of lime juice (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter

For the salad:

  • 4 ounces brown rice noodles (affiliate link)
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 56 cups baby kale or spinach
  • 3 large carrots, cut into small, thin pieces*
  • 3 bell peppers, cut into small, thin pieces*
  • 1 cup packed cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 4 green onions, green parts only, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cashews or peanuts

Instructions

  1. PREP: Start soaking the rice noodles in a bowl of cold water. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. DRESSING: Pulse all the dressing ingredients in a food processor EXCEPT peanut butter. Place the chicken in a plastic bag and use about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the dressing (without peanut butter) to marinate the chicken in the fridge for about 15-30 minutes. Add the peanut butter to the dressing in the food processor; pulse, then taste and adjust. Set aside.
  3. VEGGIES: Prep all your veggies and toss together in a bowl.
  4. CHICKEN: Bake the marinated chicken for 15-20 minutes. Rest for 5-10 minutes, then cut and add to the veggies.
  5. NOODLES: Drain the noodles (they should be softened at this point). Finish cooking them in a skillet over medium high heat. Add a little oil and a little dressing and toss them around until they are soft and pliable (if you need to add a little water to soften them, that works, too).
  6. ASSEMBLY: Toss stir-fried noodles with the chicken and veggie mixture. Serve hot or cold. Top with extra peanuts and cilantro (and dressing, and lime juice, and sesame seeds, and…)

Notes

*You can cut the carrots and peppers however you like, really. But I like to cut them so they sort of match the shape and texture of the noodles. A spiralizer, peeler, or mandoline are my favorite tools for this. The bowls used in this post are from Target!

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Thai-Inspired

Keywords: thai noodle salad, thai noodles, thai salad

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    that dressing tho! it looks delicious and healthy, my 2nd favorite combination (delicious and chocolate-ty being the 1st). all the yums!

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    Robin Blocker

    I cannot wait to make this–looks absolutely scrumptious!! My husband and daughter will also love it. Thanks so much Lindsey for all your wonderful, healthy recipes!!

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    Natalia

    This looks great! I’m living in Seoul and really struggling to find recipes I can actually cook here, but this seems possible! Thanks!

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    bc in edmond

    I just want to make sure the vegetables are raw – I don’t see any instructions on cooking them? thanks!

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    Stephanie Thompson

    Is there anything you can substitute for the lemongrass or ginger paste?

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Thanks for sharing this! It sounds delicious – probably because I immediately salivate over anything containing peanut butter, whether that be sweet or savoury. This recipe sounds like a healthy way to satisfy my satay cravings 🙂

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I just made a somewhat modified version of this recipe (without the chicken) last night for dinner and it was excellent! When I made the sauce I forgot to add the peanut butter at first and can confirm that this sauce is also delicious without the peanut butter, in case someone was thinking of omitting it.