A 20-minute lunch break in winter calls for Ramen Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce! Warm ramen noodles that need only 4 minutes of cooking, crunchy veggies, an egg, and the most delicious Peanut Sauce EVER!
I’m playing around with typically Asian ingredients lately and creating a mix of cuisines you’ve never heard of before. So the most popular Ramen Noodle Salads are all with some kind of cole slaw and a simple vinaigrette. I wondered what ramen noodles would taste like with more of a Thai kinda Peanut Sauce and got creative. The peanut sauce was inspired by the Peanut Sauce Leelalicious uses in her Budda Bowl. The combination ended up being absolutely delicious!! Try for yourself :)
Let’s get to the most important question here because this is supposed to be lunch, right?
Can you make Ramen Noodle Salad Ahead of Time?
YES! You can! You either cook the noodles at home, mix with the rest of the ingredients and then eat the salad cold. OR, you take all ingredients separately to work and cook the noodles at work so you can have them warm. It takes only 4 minutes, a small pot and water, easy peasy.
If you want your noodles warm but don’t have a place to cook at work, no worries. Cook them for only 3 minutes at home, then rinse and drain well and store in a separate to the other ingredients heat-proof container. Once at work, bring 2 cups of water to the boil in a kettle, pour over the noodles and let sit for 1 minute. I’ve tried cooking the noodles completely in kettle water and while it kinda works after several minutes I feel they don’t come out as well cooked as with the 3 minutes in constant boiling water at home + 1 minute boiling water bath at work method. Drain, the noodles with a handy strainer * add your other ingredients and dig in.
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Ramen Noodle Salad with Peanuts
There are not many Ramen Noodle Salad recipes calling for peanuts out there. Not sure why because in my opinion they go super well together. Plus, you some more protein into your salad. The ramen egg and the peanuts + the peanut sauce are your protein, the noodles your carb and the veggies your brain food.
Which brings us to our next question.
Is Ramen Noodle Salad Healthy?
So here is the thing. Regular ramen noodle packages are incredibly unhealthy. The most unhealthy part is the little packages of seasoning the noodles come with. The most important to “healthyfy” a typical ramen dish is to discard the seasoning if there is any and use only the noodles.
The noodles themselves can have quite funky ingredients and you need to pay attention and read the labels when choosing your brand. The less ingredients on the ingredient list, the better. Brands I’ve used and like a lot are Heirloom Wheat Noodles * or Millet and Brown Rice Noodles *.
Pasta and noodles have been kind of demonized by the healthy foodie community! I’m not part of the carb demonizer club though. I think pasta and noodles CAN be healthy if paying attention to the ingredients in them, choosing good quality brands and pairing the pasta with sufficient vegetables and protein. Many pasta and/or noodle recipes out there really are unhealthy because they are not nutritionally balanced but not because pasta in itself is unhealthy by default. So there you have my 2 cents to the topic.
For another healthy noodle recipe, check out this delicious Coconut Curry Noodle Soup. It’s a super flavorful soup filled with veggies, shrimps and RICE NOODLES :D
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