Peanut Noodles with Crunchy Celery and Celery Leaves
The classic combo of celery and peanut butter gets a tasty update in this noodle salad. Choose very fresh celery with plenty of dark leaves that are the color of parsley.
- ¼ cup toasted sesame oil
- ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
- ¼ cup smooth peanut butter
- 2 Tbs. lemon juice
- 2 Tbs. brown sugar
- 1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
- 1 tsp. chile-garlic sauce
- ½ lb. whole-grain linguine
- 1½ cups thinly sliced celery stalks
- ½ cup chopped celery leaves, plus 1 cup whole or torn celery leaves
- ⅓ cup finely chopped roasted peanuts, optional
1. Process sesame oil, soy sauce, peanut butter, lemon juice, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and chile-garlic sauce in blender or food processor until smooth. Transfer to glass measuring cup.
2. Cook pasta in boiling, salted water according to package directions. Drain, and cool in strainer 20 minutes, tossing occasionally to prevent sticking.
3. Transfer pasta to large bowl, and season with salt, if desired. Add sliced celery, chopped celery leaves, half of peanuts (if using), and 1/2 cup sauce;
toss to combine. Garnish with remaining peanuts (if using) and whole or torn
celery leaves. Drizzle with remaining sauce, if desired. Serve at room temperature.
April/May 2014 p.64