Active time: 35 minutes Total time: 35 minutes
These chilled noodles are a lightened up (and peanut-free) spin on the classic sesame noodles from your favorite takeout spot. Top them with leftover sliced steak, serve alongside grilled chicken skewers or enjoy as a light vegetarian lunch. The crunchy salad of arugula, cilantro and julienned green apples adds nutrition and heft so you eat less pasta.
Chilled Cashew Noodles With Arugula and Apples
- 1/2 cup (85g) unsalted cashews
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 4 teaspoons Indonesian chili sauce (Sambal Oelek, see note; 20 grams), divided
- Kosher salt, to taste
- 6 ounces (170g) whole-wheat spaghetti
- 1/4 cup (33g) unsalted creamy cashew butter
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
- 3 cups (65g) baby arugula, packed
- 1/2 Granny Smith apple, cored and julienned
- 1/2 cup (8g) cilantro
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180ºC), and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, toss the cashews with the sesame seeds, vegetable oil, brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of chili sauce. Season with salt. Spread in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake, tossing once, until crispy and golden brown, about 12 minutes. Let cool.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions. Drain well and rinse under cold water. Transfer to a large bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk the cashew butter with the soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, remaining 2 teaspoons of chili sauce and 2 tablespoons of warm water until smooth. You should be able to drizzle the sauce. If it is too thick, add more water 1 tablespoon at a time. Season with salt.
Pour some of the cashew sauce over the cooked noodles and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving bowl. Top with the arugula, julienned apple, roasted cashews and cilantro. Serve, tossing at the table and passing the remaining cashew sauce.
Note: Sambal Oelek is a tangy Thai chili paste found in the Asian foods aisle at most grocery stores. If you cannot find it, substitute Sriracha.
Serves: 4 | Serving Size: About 1 cup
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 385; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 9g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 455mg; Carbohydrate: 48g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 5g; Protein 12g