Here’s a recipe for a salad made with black bean noodles. Besides having great taste and texture for gluten-free noodles, these are considerably higher in protein than other noodles (50% of calories vs. 14% for soba). This product line also includes noodles made from chick peas, aduki beans and edamame beans.

Black Bean Noodle Salad
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For the salad
  1. 2 x 200g packages black bean noodles or 454g buckwheat soba noodles
  2. 4 green onions, minced
  3. 1 carrot, shredded
  4. 1 sweet red pepper, julienned
  5. ½ English cucumber, peeled, deseeded and julienned
  6. Few handfuls of baby spinach, roughly chopped
  7. 1 avocado, sliced or diced
  8. ¼ cup roasted cashews (optional)
For the dressing
  1. 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  2. ¾ teaspoon vegetable oil
  3. 1 clove garlic, minced
  4. ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes or TT
  5. 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  6. ¼ cup low sodium tamari or soy sauce
  7. ½ cup water
  8. 2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  9. ½ teaspoon cornstarch or arrowroot
  10. Juice of 1 lime
  11. 1 Tablespoon minced cilantro
Instructions
  1. Heat oils in a small saucepan. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté briefly (don’t let them burn). Remove from heat.
  2. Mix vinegar, tamari/soy sauce, honey/maple syrup and water. Carefully add to saucepan, stir well and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  3. Mix cornstarch/arrowroot with a tablespoon of water until smooth and then whisk into simmering liquid. Continue to simmer for 5 minutes to allow the mixture to thicken. Remove from heat.
  4. When cool, stir in lime juice and minced cilantro. Set aside.
  5. Cook noodles according to directions. Drain and rinse in cold, running water. Toss with a light coating of sesame oil. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. When ready to serve, combine noodles and vegetables with dressing. Toss well and garnish with avocado and cashews if using. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Try the dressing as a dipping sauce or as a marinade for fish or shrimp.
  2. Boost the protein in this salad even further with baked or broiled marinated tofu pieces.
Adapted from Rebar
Adapted from Rebar
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