Rice Noodle & Edamame Salad

May/June 2012

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Seaweed asserts its umami magic in this beautiful noodle-edamame salad recipe, which is perfect for a summer evening. Several types of dried seaweed are available in natural-foods markets—arame and dulse (sometimes called “sea vegetables”) are two of the most common. Snipped pieces of nori (the seaweed used for sushi rolls) would work too.

Rice Noodle & Edamame Salad

Makes: 5 servings, about 2 cups each

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  • 1 10- to 12-ounce package frozen shelled edamame
  • 8 ounces thin rice noodles or rice sticks (see Tip)
  • 1 cup arame or dulse seaweed
  • 3/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup lightly salted peanuts, chopped, divided


  1. Cook edamame according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Soften or cook noodles according to package directions. Drain, transfer to a work surface and chop twice. If using arame, cook according to package directions “for salads”; if using dulse, snip into bite-size pieces, but do not cook.
  2. Whisk vinegar, oil, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add the edamame, rice noodles, seaweed, carrot, bell pepper, onion, cilantro and 1/4 cup peanuts; toss well to combine. Serve sprinkled with the remaining peanuts.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • Tip: Dried thin rice noodles (or rice sticks) are also called “mai fun,” “bun” or “vermicelli-style” rice noodles. Look for them in the Asian section of well-stocked supermarkets or an Asian-foods market.


Per serving: 418 calories; 16 g fat (2 g sat, 7 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 58 g carbohydrates; 5 g added sugars; 12 g protein; 9 g fiber; 425 mg sodium; 499 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (90% daily value), Vitamin C (64% dv), Folate (48% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 carbohydrate (other), 1 lean meat, 2 fat

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