Recipe for Spicy Thai Noodle Salad ♥

The classic favorite at potlucks but vegged up
Today's recipe: A traditional pasta salad but lightened with more vegetables and less dressing. Vegan.

Look familiar? It should. It's that noodle salad (well, one of all those noodle and macaroni salads) which makes its way onto every potluck table. And it's a favorite in my Canadian family (hi to Ingrid!), probably every family.

But then again, it shouldn't. Because I 'vegged it up', turning an all-noodle 'salad' into something of substance, still keeping the noodles front and center but using vegetables to bulk it up for flavor and crunch.

I made it recently for friends whose daughter was being married and whose home was thronged with hungry bridesmaids and starving groomsmen. It happens to be a vegan salad - though I don't think the most ardent carnivore would notice - so 'safe' for groups where people's eating choices aren't known.

GARLIC REMINDER If you're in the middle of the northern hemisphere, mid-October -- now!! -- is the time to plant garlic for harvesting next July. Here's all the information needed to grow garlic at home - no garden required!

MAKE IT A POTLUCK I'm such a fan of recipes that make up ahead and are easy to carry and serve that there's a whole group of potluck recipes in the Kitchen Parade archives.


Hands-on time: 10 minutes for dressing, 35 minutes for noodles & vegetables
Time to table: 45 minutes (but likely better after sitting awhile)
Makes about 16 - 20 cups

4 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons chili sauce
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
2 teaspoons Thai chili paste
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (vs the 2 teaspoons suggested)
Freshly ground black pepper

Whisk. Refrigerate until ready to use, whisk again before using.

1 pound good pasta (I used spirals because I love how they look! the inspiring recipe calls for a full 2 pounds of spaghettini or vermicelli)

(All vegetables and amounts are variable based on what you like and what's available)
Green onion, chopped by hand -- I used 8
English cucumber, skin left on, chopped by hand - 1/2 a cucumber
Cilantro, chopped by hand - 1 large bunch
Red radishes, grated in the food processor -- 8 ounces
Fresh fennel, grated in the food processor - 1 bulb
Red cabbage, grated in the food processor - 1/2 a small head
Napa cabbage, grated in the food processor - 1 small head
Carrots, grated in the food processor - 1/2 pound

Cook the pasta in well-salted water according to package directions. Drain well in a colander but be sure to have dressing ready before the noodles cool. Toss drained but still-warm noodles in as much dressing as needed to wet. Stir in vegetables and toss with additional dressing -- use only as much as needed.

The inspiring recipe says that the 1-1/2 cups of dressing is enough for 2 pounds of pasta. I used about 2/3 of it on 1 pound of pasta and the vegetables -- which by the way, makes one big PILE of pasta, 16 - 20 cups is my estimate, so much that two extra large bowls were needed for mixing.
Ingrid says that the dressing improves if made a day or so in advance.

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  1. What a great way to stretch the pasta carbs over a large number of servings! I love recipes where the veggies can be varied to suit whatever is on hand.

  2. Spicy looks about right. I'm with you on the red pepper flakes - I love those but have found they may vary between batches and I'm best to start small and add if needed.
    Garlic . . .

  3. Oh I bet my Dad would love this though maybe without quite so many veggies!

  4. oh wow....that recupe does make a dish for a crowd..perfect for the upcoming holidays!

  5. This looks awesome, a perfect way to use up the Thai paste that's lurking in my spice cabinet! I loooove spicy foods, yummy!

  6. I love that picture. The recipe obviously tastes delicious too!

  7. Alanna, this is perfect timing! I have a potluck to attend at work on Monday, and have been fretting about what to bring. This definitely fits the bill!

    thanks for the reminder about the garlic, as well!


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