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by Kirsten Vala in Holidays, Recipes, February 2nd, 2011
On warm, summer days, a cooling salad seems like the ideal bet. It can be frustrating to always go carbless for lunch, however, especially when you’re craving a more filling meal involving pasta and rice. Luckily, there’s a solution. Asian noodle salads are hearty enough to be considered a main meal, but light enough to not weigh you down on a hot day. And, as a bonus, they cook up unbelievably quick.
In Bobby Flay‘s recipe for Buckwheat Noodle Salad, the dressing is made with pungent spices and condiments like tamari, sesame oil and chili sauce, mixed with ingredients like vinegar, sugar, ginger and honey to tone down the heat. Bobby also combines a slew of vegetables, including carrots, cucumbers and peppers, to pack a nutritional punch. The result is a filling and healthy summer meal staple that can be prepared in less than half an hour.
- Eat a bowl of Chinese noodles for good luck in the new year.
Celebrations for Chinese New Year begin February 3 and continue for 15 days. That gives you plenty of time to cook up lucky Chinese foods at home, from noodles to egg rolls.
Top 5 to Try:
Dan-Dan Noodles: Noodles symbolize longevity, so eat a bowl-full in the new year (but don’t cut them up, which would be bad luck!).
Chinese Dumpling Soup: Dumplings are shaped like ancient blocks of gold or silver, so eat them for prosperity in the year ahead.
- Warm up with this easy Chinese Dumpling Soup, a symbol of wealth to come.
Sunny’s Asian Lettuce Wraps: The Cantonese word for lettuce means “raising fortune,” making lettuce wraps the perfect lucky New Year’s food.
Guy’s Off the Hook Egg Rolls: Crispy, fried egg rolls look like bars of gold, so crunch away for wealth.
- Guy's Chicken Avocado Egg Rolls fry up to look like bars of gold.
Steamed Fish With Ginger: The Mandarin word for fish sounds similar to the word for “abundance.” Serve it up for good fortune in the new year.
- Serve Steamed Fish with Ginger for prosperity.
Find more top foods for Chinese New Year from Food Network. Then check out top picks from Steamy Kitchen’s Jaden Hair writing for Cooking Channel’s Devour.
What are you going to cook up to celebrate the year of the rabbit?