Asian Steak and Noodle Salad

I am trying to give you all some flavorful and healthy recipes this month – because I know everyone is trying to be good right now:-). This is a salad that I could eat once a week. It is an adapted recipe from Pioneer Woman and Iowa Girl Eats and possibly Epicurious.

I made a very similar recipe last year and I could have sworn that it was from Epicurious. However when I went to dig up the recipe I could not for the life of me find it! I knew it had flank steak, noodles and spinach. It was also Asian flavored. But for whatever reason I couldn’t find the darn recipe. So, I searched through some of my favorite blogs and found two recipes – one here and the other here.

I think what I love most about this recipe is that it is a noodle and green leaf salad. I get my pasta and my salad all in one meal! The sweet/salty soy dressing and marinated flank steak is just perfect and somewhat addicting – especially when you kick up the heat a few notches with the sriracha – YUM!

You can serve this with all of the ingredients cold or you can serve it while the steak and noodles are still slightly warm. This wilts the veggies a bit which I love.

As I am writing I am thinking about the different combinations you could do with this. You could swap out the flank steak for chicken or even tofu. You could swap out the green onions for some fried onions or even some thinly sliced red onions. I might also like this with some cashews or water chestnuts. Wow, I am getting hungry and I need to stop thinking about this salad.

Seriously, you need to try this one – sooo good!

Asian Steak and Noodle Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Asian Flank Steak Recipe - Prepared
  • Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon teaspoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • Salad
  • ½ bag of baby spinach - washed
  • 12 oz angel hair pasta
  • red or yellow pepper - sliced into thin 2 inch strips
  • 3 green onions sliced thin (white and green parts)
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • handful of sunflower seeds
  • Sriracha
Instructions
  1. Cook flank steak according to directions here. Slice into thin strips.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients and set aside.
  3. Cook pasta according to directions on box.
  4. Slice peppers and green onion. Chop cilantro.
  5. To put salad together place spinach in the bottom of your salad bowl and then add pepper and green onions. Place pasta and steak on top of your vegetables. sprinkle with cilantro, sunflower seeds a sriracha if desired. Add dressing and toss to coat evenly.
  6. Enjoy!

French Potato Salad

This is the potato salad that my mom makes and it’s the one that made me realize that not all potato salads had to have mayonnaise or sour cream in order to be good. As a matter of fact, I prefer my potato salads this way. I posted Julia Child’s French Potato Salad a while back and while I will probably keep making that recipe (because I always have the ingredients on hand,) this is the recipe that I will always ask my mom to make. They taste pretty similar, but this particular recipe uses beef consomme which gives it a slightly different deeper flavor than Julia’s which uses chicken broth….or as Jim and I like to joke “the broth of a chicken…” Sorry, inside joke:-).

If you have never tried a vinegar based potato salad – you must try either one of these recipes! You can serve this at room temperature or cold. You won’t need to worry about taking these to a picnic because no mayo means a lot fewer worries over spoiling in the hot summer sun. It’s going to be in the 90’s here in NC this weekend so that will definitely be something to think about!

Here are a few more fun recipes for the holiday…I have a few more that I will try to post before the weekend, too!

Picnic Chicken

Picnic Chicken – mom’s recipe

Texas Sheet Cake

Feta Pepperoncini Dip

Htipiti – Feta Pepperoncini Dip

italian Breeze

Italian Breeze

Enjoy!

French Potato Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 9 medium potatoes
  • ½ cup oil
  • ¼ cup tarragon vinegar
  • ¼ cup beef consomme
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 2 tablespoons snipped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook potatoes covered in boiling salted water until tender. Cool slightly. Peel and slice. Combine oil, vinegar, consomme, green onions, parsley, salt and pepper. Toss gently. Cover and chill.
  2. Enjoy!