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Rice Noodle Salad with Smoked Tofu and Herbs

This dish has all the flavors of fresh (not fried) spring rolls, but requires
much less work. Adding smoked tofu turns it into a full meal.



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4 oz. dried rice noodles
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½ cup lime juice
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3 ½ Tbs. dark brown sugar
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3 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
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3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
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1 bird’s eye chile, Thai chile, or small jalapeño chile, halved,seeded, and thinly sliced
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1 ½ cups thinly sliced purple cabbage
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1 ½ cups shredded carrot
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1 ½ cups julienned cucumbers
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1 8-oz. pkg. baked smoked tofu, cut into matchsticks
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1 cup chopped fresh mint
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1 cup chopped cilantro
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½ cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped


1. Place noodles in large heat-proof bowl, and cover with boiling water; let stand 5 minutes. Drain, and rinse noodles under cold water, then drain again.

2. Whisk together lime juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, and chile in bowl until sugar has dissolved.

3. Divide noodles among serving plates. Toss together cabbage, carrot, cucumbers, tofu, mint, and cilantro in separate bowl, and place on top of noodles. Pour lime juice mixture over top. Serve sprinkled with peanuts.

Nutrition Information: 

14 g
Total Fat: 
13 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
55 g
0 mg
499 mg
6 g
17 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

This is a great dish, the mint really pops and adds a clean taste. I added some yellow and red bell pepper to add even more color and taste.

A lovely, colourful & fresh tasting meal. I substituted maple syrup for the sugar and pulled it together in about 15 minutes too. Definitely will be making this again.

I added a 1/2 tsp or so of lemongrass and ginger to the dressing. This salad was outstanding and incredibly refreshing. I will be adding this to my rotation.

I LOVE this dish!! I couldn't find prepared smoked tofu where I live, so I made my own: I marinaded a slab of tofu in 1 part water, 1 part soy sauce, 2 Tbsp smoked bbq sauce for at least 2 days, then baked it with some more bbq sauce smeared on. It works surprisingly well and tastes smoky!

The taste was good but 5 minutes didn't come close to softening the noodles, they were very chewy. I substituted edamame for the tofu and left out the mint, but the taste was still quite good

Where can one purchase "smoked tofu"?

Looks great!

where do you find baked smoked tofu?

nutritional info would be helpful

Hi Betty, the nutritional info is to the left of the recipe image, at the top of the page. Hope that helps!

Tis awsome. But yes if you could add the hindi names of the ingredients,then probably more people would benefit.

To which country does this dish originally belong to? :) It's amazing

where do you find smoked tofu

Yum! I substituted sriracha for the pepper and shredded brussel sprouts for carrots. Also added a poached egg on top. To die for!