This dish may very well become your warm weather go-to salad as a main or side dish. California Avocados add creaminess, fresh orange adds bright acidity and juicy sweetness, and toasted sesame seeds add a crunchy earthy taste. Nutritionally, this low-sodium salad is an excellent source of vitamin C (40% DV), vitamin K (30% DV) and dietary fiber (28% DV) and a good source of protein (10% DV). For a gluten-free alternative, try gluten-free noodles and gluten-free soy sauce or tamari.
Asian Brown Rice Noodle Salad with California Avocados
Nutritional Highlights (per serving)
|6||oz.||dry thin brown rice noodles (or 2 3/4 cups cooked)|
|2||tsp.||dark sesame oil|
|1||ripe, Fresh California Avocados, seeded, peeled and diced|
|1||medium orange, ends and peel sliced off, cut crosswise, broken into segments|
|1/4||cup||chopped scallions (green part only)|
|1/4||cup||coarsely chopped cilantro|
|1||toasted sesame seeds*|
|2||tsp.||reduced-sodium soy sauce|
|1||cup||tofu, roasted or toasted (Optional)|
|* You can use store-bought toasted sesame seeds or toast your own in a sauté pan for 2 minutes over medium heat|
As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados
- Prepare the noodles in salted water according to package directions, minus 1 minute so as not to overcook them. Rinse with cold water to cool quickly. Drain again and pour into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with sesame oil.
- Dice the avocado and add it to the bowl, pouring the rice vinegar over the avocado. Add the remaining ingredients and mix gently. You may enjoy the salad immediately for the best quality, or within 24 hours.
Serving Suggestion: Top with roasted chicken, shrimp, or marinated tofu
Beverage Pairing: Iced green tea with a lemon or orange wedge or lime-flavored sparkling water with an orange wedge
Vitamin A 217 IU; Vitamin C 25 mg; Calcium 47 mg; Iron 1 mg; Vitamin D 0 IU; Folate 41 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0 g
% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 4%; Vitamin C 40%; Calcium 4%; Iron 4%; Vitamin D 0%