Healthy Pho Noodle Salad

This Healthy Pho Noodle salad is perfect for a weeknight light meal or served alongside your mains! Gluten free and chock full of delicious flavours, the delicious sauce used is paleo and vegan friendly- There is also a low carb version!

Healthy Pho Noodle Salad- This Healthy Pho Noodle salad is perfect for a weeknight light meal or served alongside your mains! Gluten free and chock full of delicious flavours, the delicious sauce used is paleo and vegan friendly- There is also a low carb version! @thebigmansworld -thebigmansworld.com

When it comes to salads, the less traditional ingredients it contains, the bigger fan of them I am.

As evidenced by my love of this Greek couscous salad (which lacked any greens, except for the cucumber), untraditional is the route I like to go.

Except in the company of my Asian side. Well, the older ones.

When I went to a family dinner recently, I offered to bring a salad and a dessert and when I suggested a noodle salad, you should have seen the face of the more older relatives.

The HORROR.

It was as though I had come home with an A – in an exam. That bad

My elderly uncle (in very broken English) began to lecture me about how rice and noodles were to be used as baseline elements for the main dishes being served- Roast duck, stir fried cabbage and curried brisket. Noodles were NOT an appropriate ingredient in a salad. 

Healthy Pho Noodle Salad- This Healthy Pho Noodle salad is perfect for a weeknight light meal or served alongside your mains! Gluten free and chock full of delicious flavours, the delicious sauce used is paleo and vegan friendly- There is also a low carb version! @thebigmansworld -thebigmansworld.com

Being the respectful and charming nephew I am, I listened to him and brought a mixed salad. 

Just kidding.

I made the damn noodle salad and brought it to them hoping for the best. 

“Oh Arman. Good man. You didn’t bring this ridiculous noodle salad you spoke of. But why did you bring noodles? You were assigned a salad!” 

….I brought a noodle salad. However, because it lacked greens, it was assumed I brought a noodle dish. 

Next time, I’m bringing a damn head of lettuce and calling it a day.

***

When Chang’s reached out to me to create a recipe for them using some of their products, I knew I had to use their sesame oil and of course, one of their noodles. 

I’ve been a loyal consumer of Chang’s sesame oil for as long as I can remember. I used to dismiss it when I saw it at our standard Supermarkets, thinking that the best sesame oils had to be purchased from the Asian Supermarket. 

Oh how wrong I was. 

Unlike the imported Asian brand, Chang’s sesame oil was not bitter and maintained the delicious, nutty taste. This was especially important when paired with strong Asian sauces like soy and teriyaki. Another benefit of this particular sesame oil is how flavourful it still is at room temperature. When paired with a few other ingredients, one amazing sauce was born for this delicious (and healthy!) Pho Noodle Salad.

This healthy Pho Noodle Salad is the perfect appetiser to serve before the main event, shared family style or even eaten as a main in itself (except for the elderly Asian side of my family). The noodles I used were Chang’s Rice Vermicelli Noodles which reminded me of a thinner Pho noodle- perfect for a salad style recipe!

Healthy Pho Noodle Salad- This Healthy Pho Noodle salad is perfect for a weeknight light meal or served alongside your mains! Gluten free and chock full of delicious flavours, the delicious sauce used is paleo and vegan friendly- There is also a low carb version! @thebigmansworld -thebigmansworld.com

For those who’ve eaten Pho noodles before know that in itself, they are quite bland. Hence, a flavourful and delicious sauce is needed to compliment one another. Thanks to the robust, strong ingredients used in the sauce, a little went a long way. I based the sauce of cashew butter to make it Paleo friendly but it can easily be subbed for peanut butter or even almond butter/tahini. 

Also, those of who whom are watching carbs or following a low carb style of eating, Chang’s also have a Super Lo-Cal noodle product which clock in at less calories than a slice of bread. If you do go that route, I’d recommend you double the sauce. 

Make this healthy Pho Noodle Salad but when you join my Asian side of the family for dinner, have a head of lettuce in your back pocket…or boot of your car. 

Healthy Pho Noodle Salad
Serves 4
This Healthy Pho Noodle salad is perfect for a weeknight light meal or served alongside your mains! Gluten free and chock full of delicious flavours, the delicious sauce used is paleo and vegan friendly- There is also a low carb version!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 x 250 gram package of Chang's rice noodles, cooked (can sub for 2 x packets of super Lo-Cal noodles)
  2. 1/2 cup mixed greens (baby spinach, baby beetroot leaves)
  3. 1/2- 1 cup shredded protein of choice (I used chicken)
  4. 1/4 cup chopped cashews
For the sauce
  1. 1/4 cup cashew butter (can sub for peanut butter, almond butter or tahini)
  2. 2 T Chang's sesame oil
  3. 1/4 cup liquid aminos (can sub for gluten free soy sauce)
  4. 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  5. 1 tsp ginger powder
  6. 1/4-1/2 cup water*
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rice noodles, mixed greens and shredded protein of choice, mix well and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the cashew butter, sesame oil, liquid aminos, red pepper flakes and ginger powder and mix until a thick paste is formed. Using a tablespoon, add water to the sauce until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Pour the sauce over the noodles and using two forks, mix very well to ensure noodles are fully coated. Garnish with chopped cashews and eat immediately or refrigerate to eat later.
Notes
  1. * Adjust water depending on desired thickness of sauce. For a thicker sauce, use minimal liquid.
  2. If using chicken or animal based protein, noodle salad can be kept for up to 3 days. For plant based protein (tofu, chickpeas), it can be kept for up to 5 days.
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Healthy Pho Noodle Salad- This Healthy Pho Noodle salad is perfect for a weeknight light meal or served alongside your mains! Gluten free and chock full of delicious flavours, the delicious sauce used is paleo and vegan friendly- There is also a low carb version! @thebigmansworld -thebigmansworld.com

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59 thoughts on “Healthy Pho Noodle Salad

  1. I’m not a noodle person, period. I like a little bit, but that is about all. But the broth and the veggies, hell yes. So basically the inverse of this 😀

  2. I like noodle salads, and your story was hilarious! Next time bring some butter lettuce and let them stuff the noodles in the leaves…done. LOL I need to make this. I see it making the summer barbeque lineup once we get the pool open!

  3. We eat a lot of salads around here…especially in the summer. But I can’t say I’ve ever made a noodle salad. Salads by definitely need to involve a head of lettuce, Arman. What the heck are you doing cluttering up the interwebs with this non-salad salad? The nerve. Haha! Just kidding, mate…this salad looks incredibly awesome. Next time, just hand your uncle some green-tinted glasses and tell him it’s a new kind of lettuce that’s shaped like noodles. 🙂

  4. I love adding sesame oil to my asian dishes! There is nothing quite like that flavor! This looks like a tasty meal for the warm weather…. for when the warm weather finally decides to show up!

  5. This is actually brilliant.. soy has given me some problems in the past, but I’m about ready to give it a run for its money and test it out again with this noodle salad! My “salads” are usually full of protein and squashes on top of vegetables so I really don’t know if that counts as a salad either.. and hummus/guac as a dressing basically the equivalent of this and the nut butter. Hearty pho life… GET IT!?

  6. Sesame oil (or sesame anything) is the best! It’s the only oil I guess I ever actually “add” to dishes. Coconut and olive oil I only ever use to grease pans and what not.
    But…love this dish! The cashews and of course..optional chickpeas…but I think I’d go with chicken for the protein! Yum!

  7. I can totally relate to this post! I made a simple tomato, mozzarella and basil salad this past weekend…but then I decided to add some cold noddles to it. According to my husband, I had no longer made a salad… I had made cold spaghetti for dinner! haha.
    This pho noddle salad looks delicious! I love to make thai tofu curry and am always trying to find a good side dish. This might be perfect next time!

  8. Such a lovely salad Arman! The most important thing, it’s a diverse one, and you can easily eat it every other day, changing the ingredients:) I love the idea of using tahini – it will lift the salad up to the next level. Good work! P.S. Have a good flight and an amazing new chapter in your life!

  9. Just reading through this and looking at the pictures I’d deem this a positively slurp-y dish. As in: the key criteria for eating spaghetti as a child – and driving your parents crazy. But yes, even as a non-pasta fiend I wouldn’t mind you sharing a bowl of this.

  10. I use sesame oil when I want a deeper, nutty flavor. I use it a lot when frying tofu and garlic. I like noodle salad but have never mixed it with greens. I usually stick to bigger veggies like peppers or roasted root veggies. But as long as the sauce is on point, I can eat noodles with anything.

  11. LOlz to bringing a head of lettuce to the partay. Is it fate that I hd pho last night for the first time? I just can’t get on board with the fact that it’s pronounced “fuh.” It sounds too much like another word I know.

  12. OMG I just created that image of you walking with a head of lettuce through the door of your family…..lol.
    This looks perfect my friend. Could you please make a post with Before/After pics of your food pics from back then and now? You became one friggin’ genius, Darling.

  13. I always need a salad with my meal. Every night…rarely are there any exceptions. My family is good about this too…my kids love their salad. So, somewhere in the salad department I did something right! I have not tried a noodle salad…although, you know Arman, sometimes during the week I toss collard greens with spaghetti and a drizzle of olive oil. I guess that can count as a noodle salad! Sounds wonderful…how exciting that you had the opportunity to develop a recipe for Chang’s! Take care my friend…have a wonderful day!

  14. Heck yeah, I love noodles in my salad. I just had farfalle pasta in my salad last night— it just adds so much!
    Gahhh sesame oil is my jam. The smell is so nostalgic, and the flavor is fantastic.
    Next time you should bring straight up rice with a sprinkling of scallions and call it salad.

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