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Herby Crunchy Rice Noodle Salad

SERVES: 3 to 4 PREP: 10 minutes TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes
Herby Crunchy Rice Noodle Salad

Herby Crunchy Rice Noodle Salad

SERVES: 3 to 4 PREP: 10 minutes TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes

Most of life’s questions can be answered with crispy shallots.

Who says a salad has to be just lettuce? All of the greens in this salad are tons of fresh herbs (literally more than 2:1 herbs to noods). The multitude of textures—crunchy, slippery, and crispy—make each bite more enjoyable than the next, all coated with a zingy sauce packed with bold flavors like garlic, fish sauce, and red jalapeños (which can be a little spicier than the younger green ones). If you have the time, try making your own crispy shallots. You can buy a tub of them at your local Asian market, but the homemade ones are thinner, crispier, and can be made in the microwave—no deep-frying required—so you can eat them by the handful before topping your salad. So, yeah, maybe make a double batch… and buy some mints because you’ll have onion-y breath for dayyyys. Worth it!

For the Crispy Shallots:

  • 1 cup thinly sliced shallots

  • 1 cup canola oil

For the Rice Noodle Salad:

  • 8 ounces thin rice noodles

  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek or chili garlic sauce

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce

  • 1 cup chopped cilantro

  • ½ cup sliced scallion greens

  • ½ cup thinly sliced mint

  • ½ cup thinly sliced basil

  • 1 red jalapeño, sliced (optional)

  • ½ cup chopped salted peanuts

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