Cold Sesame-Peanut Noodles with Scallions & Cucumbers

Cold Sesame-Peanut Noodles

with Scallions & Cucumbers

15 MIN
$10.99 2 Servings
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Here, you'll toss chilled, springy lo mein noodles in an umami-rich sauce of peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, spicy sambal oelek, and more. You'll serve the noodles with marinated cucumbers and sesame seeds for welcome crunch.
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ingredients
Cold Sesame-Peanut Noodles with Scallions & Cucumbers
Title
  • ½ lb Lo Mein Noodles
  • 2 Scallions
  • 2 Persian Cucumbers
  • 2 Tbsps Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Smooth Peanut Butter Spread
  • 1 Tbsp Sambal Oelek
  • 2 Tbsps Tahini
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Black & White Sesame Seeds
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1 Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Thinly slice the cucumbers into rounds. In a bowl, combine the sliced cucumbers, sesame seeds, and half the vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. In a separate, large bowl, whisk together the peanut butter spread, tahini, sesame oil, remaining vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, sliced white bottoms of the scallions, 2 tablespoons of warm water, and as much of the sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like it to be.

2 Cook the noodles & serve your dish

Meanwhile, add the noodles to the pot of boiling water, stirring gently to separate. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and rinse under cold water 30 seconds to 1 minute to prevent sticking. Transfer to the bowl of sauce; stir to combine. Serve the dressed noodles garnished with the marinated cucumbers and sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Thinly slice the cucumbers into rounds. In a bowl, combine the sliced cucumbers, sesame seeds, and half the vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. In a separate, large bowl, whisk together the peanut butter spread, tahini, sesame oil, remaining vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, sliced white bottoms of the scallions, 2 tablespoons of warm water, and as much of the sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like it to be.

2 Cook the noodles & serve your dish

Meanwhile, add the noodles to the pot of boiling water, stirring gently to separate. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and rinse under cold water 30 seconds to 1 minute to prevent sticking. Transfer to the bowl of sauce; stir to combine. Serve the dressed noodles garnished with the marinated cucumbers and sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

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