Pasta salads are a classic summer potluck dish, and for good reason. There’s something special about a classic comfort food tossed with vegetables and a light dressing eaten at a picnic table surrounded by friends and family.
The only problem? Pasta and I have a rocky relationship. When I was a competitive swimmer, I ate most of a box in one sitting. But now that my lifestyle is only slightly active, I find myself shying away from huge amounts of simple carbohydrates.
Rice noodles to the rescue! If you’ve been following this blog, you already know I have quite the fascination with Asian food. I absolutely love the signature flavors of the East; soy, types of hot peppers, sesame… this time, I couldn’t help but add some peanut in there as well to bring the salad to its full potential.
I originally planned on just adding veggies; you can probably see thinly sliced peppers, cubes of cucumber and whole snap peas. But I just couldn’t resist throwing in few shrimp to add protein and flavor. Not only does it take the dish to a new level, it makes it a complete meal that would be perfect for lunch or dinner.
Not only is this perfect for a potluck, it’s great if you’re trying to eat healthy or just want something lighter than the usual. Try this tonight or for your next outdoor get together, and see how everyone loves it!
for the sauce
- ¼ cup smooth peanut butter
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons sriracha
- 2 -3 tablespoons water
for the salad
- ½ package cooked rice noodles
- 1 Persian cucumber, diced
- ½ a red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- ½ cup snap peas, ends cut off
- ½ pound shrimp **I used precooked because I was in a rush, but you can boil or sear them yourself, just allow some time to cool**
In a small heatproof bowl, microwave your peanut butter in 10 second intervals until it’s smooth enough to whisk.
Add the soy sauce and sriracha, then as much water as you need to thin it out.
Place your cooled rice noodles in a larger bowl. Add in your sauce and mix well, until each noodle is well coated.
Stir in your cucumbers, peppers, peas and shrimp and mix well before serving.