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Thai Beef Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Thai Beef Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Friends, this SAUCE. ♡ Soy-garlic-lime-peanutty goodness with a big kick of fresh ginger is my new favorite! Spice it up or down as much as you want with red pepper flakes, sweeten it a little with a sprinkle of brown sugar – I was literally licking the spoon. And then dipping the spoon right back in for another.

The rest of the salad is pretty kickin’ too. Layers and layers of good fresh veggies, sesame-seared beef, and just-al-dente rice noodles are about to be your new favorite easy dinner. Let’s do this!

Thai Beef Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce | Mountain Cravings

The beef is a nice savory addition for us omnivores, but this noodle salad totally doesn’t need meat – it’s completely vegan- and vegetarian-friendly without it! Bonus, you don’t even need to turn on the stove.

Kirk and I are both happily meat-eaters overall, but most of our meals lately have none to be found and we’re pretty okay with that. For a million little reasons: meat is expensive, ethically-sourced-sustainable meat even more so (not to mention is-that-even-a-real-thing), it goes bad in the fridge too quickly… it’s a long list that we’ve all been learning more and more about recently.

So while I did pick up some super-on-sale beef round for this version, chances are the next time I make this, and the next, it’ll just be a rainbow assortment of veggies and noodles with too-much sauce. And it will be mmmmmingly tasty all the same.

Thai Beef Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce | Mountain Cravings

Thai Beef Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce
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Serves: 4 big bowls
  • 2 oz. rice noodles
  • 2 T. sesame oil
  • 1 lb. beef, thinly sliced across the grain
  • 2 carrots, peeled & julienned
  • ½ cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz. mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 8 small radishes, thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions, diced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
Spicy Peanut Sauce
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 T. soy sauce
  • 1 T. lime juice
  • 1 t. brown sugar
  • ½ t. red pepper flakes
  • pinch of salt
Spicy Peanut Sauce
  1. Puree ginger and garlic in a food processor.
  2. Add remaining sauce ingredients and pulse into a smooth sauce. Add more water by tablespoons to thin if desired.
Put It Together
  1. Prepare the rice noodles according to package directions, usually just by soaking in hot water for a few minutes. Toss with 1 T. sesame oil to prevent sticking and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 T. sesame oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet or wok. Add the sliced beef and stir-fry for just a couple minutes, until mostly cooked through. Remove from heat.
  3. Layer noodles, beef, and vegetables in a large serving dish or in individual bowls. Drizzle generously with sauce and serve!
Skip the beef for an amazingly flavorful vegetarian & vegan dish!

No need to julienne the carrots if you're short on time - just peel the outside as usual, then use the peeler to make long thin strips.

Nutrition Facts
4 servings per container
Serving size 1 big bowl

Amount per serving
Calories 457
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 728mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 7g
Includes g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 38g

Vitamin D mcg 0%
Potassium mg 0%
Not a significant source of calcium, or iron.

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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