Cool noodle salads

Make a summer lunch out of a fresh and lively Asian salad

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Noodles

Clear bean threads absorb spicy chile, ginger, garlic, and vinegar as a foil for sweet scallops and red peppers.

Lara Hata

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Naturally low in fat and compatible with a world of flavors, noodles lend themselves to healthy eating. Asians seem to have hit on this a long time ago, because in many Eastern cultures, long noodles symbolize long life. That's why it's traditional to eat them uncut.

But if you're a novice Asian noodle eater and have trouble handling the long, slightly slippery tangles with chopsticks, don't be afraid to grab a fork.

Noodle salads have crossed over from Asian menus to mainstream deli cases, with an amazing variety of ingredients. Our fresh-tasting versions are satisfying without being heavy. Keep some bean threads and rice and wheat noodles in your cupboard, ready to turn into these great cold main dishes.

Look for dried Asian noodles in the international section of the supermarket or in an Asian market.

Recipes

Spicy Scallop and Bean Thread Noodle Salad

Chicken Noodle Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette

Hot-and-Sour Beef and Rice Noodle Salad

Soba and Shrimp Salad with Wasabi Dressing

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