Thai Peanut Noodle Salad with Feta Peanut Dressing
This healthy Thai Peanut Noodle Salad recipe is smothered in a crazy delicious Feta Peanut Dressing and loaded with fresh summer veggies. It's an easy to make vegetarian main or side dish that can be served hot or cold. You will LOVE it!
Tell me you guys are all over Thai Peanut Noodle Salad as much as I am?
I'm talking about those soft rice noodles smothered in delish peanut dressing. I know you know what I'm talking about. Fist bump coming atcha.
But wait! I've done something a little sacrilegious and totally not Thai. Are you ready for it?
I made the peanut dressing with FETA cheese.
That is a true story. It's also (IMO) the only way peanut sauce should ever be made from now until the end of time.
In this recipe, feta cheese replaces the traditional salty soy. It makes the peanut sauce extra creamy and delicious. #heartmelts #swoon Hashtag all the love emojis.
Just look at that sauce! ☝️
Honestly, when the idea to put feta cheese in peanut sauce first crossed my mind, I thought I was going a bit nuts. But I couldn't get the idea off of my mind. It sat there, swirling around in my head saying, “You know you want to make me!”
Here's what you need to make the best peanut sauce EVER:
- Peanut butter – salted and all-natural (like there's any other kind)
- A good feta cheese – try Tre Stelle Feta
- Garlic, ginger, lime juice, and sesame oil (love love love these flavors!)
You're going to simmer the sauce with some water and a little brine from the feta container to bring all the flavors together. The sauce will have all these little bits of feta deliciously floating around in it. It's amazing.
When you're buying the rice noodles, make sure you pick some that are wide-ish ribbons. The tiny vermicelli noodles are more common, but they're very delicate. I find it hard to toss the noodles with the sauce and veggies without the noodles breaking if I use vermicelli.
Once you've made the feta peanut sauce, you're going to cook the corn and the noodles in a big pot of boiling water.
Time-saving tip: put a pot of water on the stove and cut all the veggies while you wait for it to come to a boil.
When the corn and noodles are finished cooking, rinse the noodles under cold water then toss them with all the veggies and the sauce. So easy!
This salad that is really like a big bowl of pasta is everything summer dinner dreams are made of. It's light and fresh with tons of crisp veggies. There's sweet corn, crunchy carrots, spicy radishes, bell peppers, and cucumbers. The whole crunchy veggies mixed with the soft peanut-y noodles is the best combo. It's loaded with herbs like mint, Thai basil, and cilantro which brighten up the whole dish.
It's loaded with herbs like mint, Thai basil, and cilantro which brighten up the whole dish. Then it's topped with chopped peanuts, some sesame seeds, and strips of nori.
Or … you can scrap the toppings, use the veggies and herbs you have on hand, and it will still turn out amazing.
This is a really flexible Thai peanut noodle salad recipe. While I wouldn't recommend messing with the sauce, you can easily add more or less of any of the veggies, add some that aren't on the list, or leave out ones you don't like.
Basically, this recipe is: Sauce + Noodles + All the veggies you love.
This healthy Thai Peanut Noodle Salad recipe is smothered in a crazy delicious Feta Peanut Dressing and loaded with fresh summer veggies. It's an easy to make vegetarian main or side dish that can be served hot or cold. You will LOVE it
Feta Peanut Sauce:
- 1/4 cup all-natural salted peanut butter
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, plus 1/4 cup of the brine
- 1 cup water
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- Optional: 1 tablespoon fish sauce (omit for vegetarian)
- Juice from 1 lime
For the Thai Noodle Salad:
- 2 cobs of corn, husk removed
- 10 ounces thick rice noodles
- 2 cups of shredded purple cabbage
- 1 cucumber, sliced
- 1 carrot, julienned
- 1 bunch of radishes, sliced
- 1/2 cup each: mint, cilantro, and Thai basil
- Extra feta cheese, chopped peanuts, nori, and sesame seeds
- Place all the Feta Peanut Sauce ingredients into a small pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a gentle boil then whisk until creamy. Note: the sauce should be a lot thinner than you think it should be. If it's not, add some more water. It will thicken up considerably once you add it to the noodles.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the corn and cook for 7-8 minutes. Remove the corn from the water with tongs. When the corn is cool enough to touch, cut the kernels from the cob.
- Add the rice noodles to the water and cook according to package directions – usually 6-7 minutes. Drain the noodles and run under cold water to cool.
- Place the noodles back into the pot. Add the corn and all of the remaining ingredients. Pour the Peanut Feta Sauce over top and gently mix so everything is well combined. Add up to 1 cup of water (a little at a time!) to loosen the sauce if the noodles seem too dry.
- Serve the Thai Noodle Salad with any or all of the toppings.