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Recipe of the Week – 26th June 2017 – Butternut Squash Noodle Salad


When the weather is warm (as it has been, unusually, here in the North of England), I often struggle to find inspiration to create new salad combinations. This recipe is based upon one I have tried before, as a Japanese Noodle Salad to eat as a side dish with veggie sushi. The roasted butternut squash cubes become even sweeter when cooled and really compliment the ginger and the noodles to give a filling yet refreshing salad which works as a side or as a main meal.

Serves 4 as a main meal

Ingredients 

1 large butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into 2cm cubes

1 large pack of dried noodles (egg or rice)

4 large spring onions, finely sliced

6 cherry tomatoes, halved

100g raw cashew nuts

5 tbs sunflower oil

1 small piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped

1 clove of garlic, crushed

1 green chilli, finely chopped

5 tbs soy sauce

Salt and pepper

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 220C. Place the butternut squash cubes on a large baking tray, sprinkle with the oil, season and roast for 25 minutes until soft.

2. Meanwhile, place the noodles in a large pan of boiling water and bring to the boil. Boil for 5 minutes, then rinse, drain and set aside.

3. In a large bowl, mix together the soy sauce, chopped ginger, chilli and garlic and season well. 

4. Toss together the noodles, butternut squash cubes and all the remaining ingredients and mix well.

5. Chill for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe of the Week – 28th July 2014 – Asian Noodle Salad

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As the British heatwave continues (that’s it – I’ve jinxed it now!), I am increasingly trying new cold and salad dishes. This is my variation on a traditional noodle salad, made more substantial by the roasted butternut squash chunks – a definite winner in our household!

Serves 4 as a main or 6 as a side

Ingredients

1 pack of medium egg noodles
4 spring onions, finely chopped
100ml soy sauce
1 large butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into 2cm dice
1 large cucumber, peeled and slivered
1 red and 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into 1cm strips
2 medium carrots, peeled and slivered
100g cashew nuts

For the dressing

150ml vegetable oil
100ml rice or white wine vinegar
4 tbs granulated sugar
1 clove of garlic, crushed
2 cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
4 tsp dark sesame oil

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 220C then place the butternut squash cubes in a large roasting tray, drizzle with 2 tbs vegetable oil, season, and roast for 25 minutes until lightly brown. Remove and allow to cool completely.

2. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil, add the noodles and boil until soft. Rinse, drain and toss with the soy sauce to coat.

3. In a large bowl combine the noodles with all of the other main ingredients and toss well.

4. In a food processor or blender, mix all of the dressing ingredients together and pulse until smooth. Pour the dressing into a jug and chill until ready.

5. When ready to serve pour the dressing over the noodles and vegetables and toss well to combine.

Recipe of the Week – 29th April 2013 – Easy Noodle Salad

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This is probably the simplest recipe that I’ve done for some time, however in some ways it’s one of the most satisfying. There are of course many variations on noodle salads, however I have found this one seems to go down very well with my children, probably due to its simplicity. I would recommend trying different ingredients and variations to see which ones you like the best. The addition of toasted cashew nuts is definitely a winner.

Serves 2 as a main or 4 as a side

Ingredients

150g dried medium egg noodles
1 tbs grated fresh ginger
1/2 large cucumber, cut into 2 cm batons
1 medium yellow pepper, deseeded and diced
3 spring onions, chopped (including green stems)
2 tbs soy sauce or tamari
1 tbs rice wine vinegar
2 tbs sesame seeds to garnish

Method

1. Bring a pan of lightly salted water to boil and add the noodles, ensuring that they are completely submerged. Bring to the boil and then simmer for four minutes. Drain and set aside the noodles to cool.

2. When the noodles have cooled, add the cucumber, pepper, grated ginger and onions and mix well.

3. Mix the soy sauce and vinegar together and pour over the noodles and mix well again.

4. Add the sesame seeds to a dry small frying pan and toast gently for one minute, ensuring that they do not burn. Note: I used pre-coated wasabi sesame seeds in the photograph above, which are available in most Chinese delicatessens.

5. Serve the noodles into individual bowls and add the sesame seeds to garnish.