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Galaxy Noodle Salad made with beet-dyed vermicelli, butterfly pea flower-dyed vermicelli, cucumber, red cabbage, radish, cilantro, peanuts, sesame seeds, and cilantro.

Galaxy Noodle Salad

Becca Gallick-Mitchell
The perfect recipe to make as a family! This galaxy noodle salad is named after its fun blue, purple, and pink colors. Though the bold, vibrant appearance will attract children and adults alike, it's the fresh, nutty, savory flavors and juxtaposition of textures that will really take you on a culinary adventure.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian

Equipment

  • 2 heat-safe bowls or containers to soak the vermicelli in (I prefer to use glass)

Ingredients
  

  • 250 g dry vermicelli noodles
  • 1 tsp beet powder
  • 1 tsp butterfly pea flower powder
  • 1 cup cucumber, julienned
  • 1 cup radish, thinly sliced, then julienned (but save about 5-7 thin slices for garnish)
  • 1 cup red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 lime,
  • 1 tsp fish sauce (substitute with equal amount of coconut aminos or tamari to make vegan)
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp dark soy sauce (substitute with equal amount of coconut aminos to make gluten-free)
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • sesame seeds (optional), for garnish
  • chopped peanuts (optional), for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Place two heat-safe bowls or containers (I like to use glass) on your worktop. Sprinkle the beet powder in one and the butterfly pea flower powder in the other. Halve the vermicelli noodles and place the noodles in the two containers.
  • Pour boiling water over the noodles until they are submerged. Soak until they're tender, about 5 minutes. One at a time, drain your containers of noodles and set them aside to cool in separate containers or bowls.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, fish sauce, lime juice (don't wash your hands of the lime juice!), and maple syrup to make your dressing.
  • Toss ONLY SOME of the blue noodles gently with your hands so that the lime juice transfers to the noodles, making the blue anthocyanins from the butterfly pea flower powder turn from blue to purple/fuchsia. You want to leave some of the noodles untouched so that you have a gradation of hues. Wash your hands to remove any lingering citric acid.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cucumber, radish, cabbage, and cilantro (reserving some for garnish), and toss them all together.
  • Add about 3-5 Tbsp of the dressing to the salad and toss to combine. Make sure that the salad is just a little bit over dressed (this will balance out when you add in the noodles).
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine most of the pink and blue/purple noodles together, leaving a small handful of each for later.
  • Transfer the dressed vegetables to a large serving bowl, then add the majority of the pink and blue/purple noodles and toss together.
  • Garnish with the reserved noodles (which will be more vibrant since they haven't come into contact with the dressing), crushed peanuts, sesame seeds, radish slices, and remaining cilantro leaves.
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