Crab & Rice Noodle Salad with Lime, Herbs and Peanuts

This cold noodle salad can be made any time of year, but I particularly enjoy it on warm nights when I’m craving something light and refreshing. We enjoyed it for years with my Vietnamese-style lime and fish sauce dressing alone, but one night, with peanut sauce on the table for another dish, my husband dropped a few dollops on his bowl and declared he thoroughly enjoyed it. From then forth, I’ve included it as an optional accompaniment on the table when making this recipe.

Crab & Rice Noodle Salad with Lime, Herbs and Peanuts

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
This cold noodle salad can be made any time of year, but I particularly enjoy it on warm nights when I'm craving something light and refreshing. We enjoyed it for years with my Vietnamese-style lime and fish sauce dressing alone, but one night, with peanut sauce on the table for another dish, my husband dropped a few dollops on his bowl and declared he thoroughly enjoyed it. From then forth, I've included it as an optional accompaniment on the table when making this recipe.
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Servings 4

Ingredients
 

  • 8 ounces rice noodles
  • 8 ounces fresh crab meat, drained of any liquid
  • 1 cup julienned cucumber
  • 1 cup julienned green papaya
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons toasted peanuts
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano, seeded and chopped

Peanut sauce:

  • ¼ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions
 

  • Cook the rice noodles according to package directions and drain well. Place them on a serving platter and scatter the cucumber, papaya, herbs and crab evenly over top. Set aside in the fridge while you prepare the sauces.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the lime juice, sugar and fish sauce. Add in the chili if using.
  • In a separate small bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the peanut sauce. Taste for seasoning, and add a pinch of salt if necessary. You can also add more water if it is too thick – different peanut butters will have different consistencies. You want the sauce to be able to dollop off the spoon, and not be too thick.
  • Pour the lime juice sauce over the salad, top with the peanuts and serve with the peanut sauce.
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