Chilled Noodles in a Spicy Sauce (Gluten-Free)
These nutty, saucy chilled noodles are irresistibly enticing. And because they’re served cold, they make a lovely and convenient addition to a buffet or party meal as an appetizer or main dish. Recipe and photos from Gluten-Free Tips and Tricks for Vegans by Jo Stepaniak ©2016. Reprinted by permission of The Book Publishing Company.
- 1⁄2 cup tahini or almond butter
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons toasted hot sesame oil, chili oil, or extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice or lime juice
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger, or 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup (optional)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon minced or pressed garlic
- Water, as needed Gluten-free hot sauce
- Sea salt
- 12 ounces gluten-free spaghetti (or substitute soba noodles)
- Carrots, grated
- English cucumber, thinly sliced
- Jalapeño chile, seeded and minced
- Red, yellow, orange, or green bell peppers, cut into matchsticks
- Red or green cabbage, grated or very thinly sliced
- Red radishes, thinly sliced
- Water chestnuts or jicama, sliced or diced
- Green onions, thinly sliced
- Fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- Raw or toasted sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or slivered almonds
- Put the tahini, vinegar, oil, lemon juice, ginger, optional maple syrup, and garlic in a large bowl. Stir vigorously until smooth and well combined.
- Gradually whisk in enough water to make a pourable sauce, about 1 cup, beating vigorously until completely smooth. Season with hot sauce and salt to taste.
- Cook the spaghetti in boiling water according to the package directions. Drain in a colander. Rinse well under cold water, then drain again.
- Add to the bowl with the sauce along with the veggie additions of your choice and toss until the noodles are coated and the ingredients are evenly distributed. Taste and add more hot sauce or salt if desired. Cover tightly and refrigerate until well chilled before serving, at least 2 hours.
- The noodles will absorb any excess sauce and optional toppings as desired.
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