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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

fresh garden beans and carrots - spicy noodle salad

My MIL gave me the key to her garden while she is away on a cruise. I decided to use the fresh beans and carrots in a salad tonight. crunchy, satisfying and spicy. mmmmm

Dressing Ingredients:
1 lime, juice of
1 1/2 Tbsp cold pressed canola oil
1 1/2 Tbsp gluten free soy sauce
1 Tbsp sucanat
1 tsp. blue agave nectar (this is sweeter than sugar so add more if you are using sugar)
1 Tbsp sesame oil
2 or 3 cloves garlic minced
1/2 Tbsp orange zest
2 hot red chilies, chopped very thin
salt, to taste
fresh ground pepper to taste

Salad Ingredients:
2 cups green beans, trimmed
2 cups carrots, thinly sliced
1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced
250 grams rice vermicelli


1. Combine dressing ingredients in a medium bowl, set aside for 1 hour.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil on high, add the green beans. cook for 2 minutes and remove with a slotted spoon into a separate bowl of icy water to cool quickly. when cool, remove from water and drain well.

3. Add the rice vermicelli to the now empty pot of boiling water. turn off heat, stir to separate, and remove noodles from hot water in about 4 minutes (or when done). rinse noodles under cold water, drain well, lay out on a cutting board and slice the noodles in half lengthwise (easier to eat).

4. Combine the green beans, carrots, green onions, rice vermicelli and dressing in a large bowl and toss to coat. serve right away or chill for later.


  1. another fresh & delicious creation!

    i cannon express how happy i am that you are back!! i've been checking daily. any norwegian inspired dishes in the future?

  2. HI Jillian!
    Norwegian food doesn't fit the bill so much. The sandwich reins supreme. thick bread, slices of cheese and meat. Norwegians like their sliced meat. I had some nice fish while I was there but it was usually served with white potatoes and butter. Norwegians like their butter. :) Our friends made us a delicious fish soup but it got a lot of it's flavor from bacon so I won't be making that soon. haha. Norwegians like bacon.

    Salads in the restaurants are generally greek or cob or some such salad. Norwegians like their cheese. teehee. so NOW you can see why I am eating a simple vegetarian dinner. I need to detox. It seem that Canadians like Norwegian chocolate. a lot.

  3. Those little carrots look delish!

    Was in Norway last year and I couldn't get enough of their smoked salmon and caviar. Bergen did not let me down.