There are no noodles in this colorful chicken salad, but there are oodles (and oodles) of spiralized vegetables.
That makes this dish ideal for people with wheat sensitivities, who often have to forgo traditional noodle dishes such as pasta, ramen and one of my favorites, beef lo mein.
Long, fine strands of carrot, cabbage and cucumber are the stars of this Thai-flavored salad, which gets a bit of crunch from peanuts and just the right amount of heat from chile-lime dressing.
While you could use pak choi, if you can’t find it, thinly sliced Napa cabbage will work. Roasted or grilled chicken breast is ideal, but there’s no shame in using a rotisserie chicken. If you don’t have a spiralizer, a single kitchen gadget for slicing vegetables into long strands, my sympathies! They’re fun, and not nearly as scary as a mandolin, used for very thin slices. But you can use a julienne peeler, which has holes in the blade, to cut vegetables into long, fine strands.
Depending on how wet you like your salads, you may want to double the amount of dressing.
Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Salad
From “Itsu 20-Minute Suppers” by Julian Metcalf and Blanch Vaughan (Hamlyn, 2016).
5 1/2 ounces cooked chicken breast slices
1 head pak choi (Chinese cabbage) or Napa cabbage
1 carrot, cut into long thin strands or strips with a spiralizer or julienne peeler
1 cucumber, cut into long thin strands or strips with a spiralizer or julienne peeler
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 1/2 ounces mixed cilantro, basil and mint leaves, roughly chopped (about 1/4 cup)
3 tablespoons roasted, salted peanuts
4 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 to 2 hot red chiles, chopped
1 tablespoon agave syrup
1 garlic clove, finely chopped or crushed
1 tablespoon neutral-tasting oil
Mix all the salad ingredients except dressing in a large bowl. Make dressing by placing ingredients in a separate bowl and mixing together well.
Pour dressing over salad, toss well and serve.
Yield: 2 servings.