Remember I wrote a post on the healthy benefits of avocado oil a few days ago? I recently made a noodle salad recipe that has avocado oil in the vinaigrette I also used buckwheat noodle (aka soda noodles) because buckwheat provides more protein per serving than any other grain except for oats and contains manganese and thiamin (aka vitamin B-1). Manganese aids in energy metabolism, promotes the health of the nervous system and plays a vital role in synthesizing hormones, connective tissue and proteins needed for blood coagulation. In addition, vitamin B-1 is required to synthesize the body’s main source of energy, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and supports the health and function of the immune and nervous systems. You can get buckwheat noodle at a Asian supermarket and cost about $1.60 (CAN) for 300 grams. Here is the recipe:
200g buckwheat noodle, 2 pieces of chicken thigh (trim out the fat and cut into small strips), one-half of orange, yellow and red bell pepper each (cut into julien), 1 small cucumber (cut into julien), 0.25 cups balsamic vinegar, 0.25 cups avocado oil, 3 cloves of garlic, pinches of salt and pepper
1) Marinate chicken with salt and pepper. Mix and set aside.
2) Boil a pot of water in high heat. Once water is boiling vigorously, put the buckwheat noodles in the pot and cook the noodle for 5 to 10 minutes or until noodles get al dente. Make sure to add salt in the boiling water to boil the water faster.
3) Once noodles are cooked, put the noodles in a ice cold bath.
4) Boil another pot of water. Once water is boiling, cook the chicken in the pot for 3 to 5 minutes or until chicken turns colour. Set chicken aside when cooked.
5) Mix avocado oil and balsamic vinegar together. Mince garlic and add garlic to the vinegar-oil mixture. Add salt and pepper to enhance flavour of vinaigrette.
6) Mix all the ingredient and vinaigrette together.
And voila! This salad is very good for the summer and for lunch. It is definitely an alternative to the traditional salad (all vegetables with little carbohydrates). You can replace all the vegetable I used with the ones you love. This is the definite of making salad.
Have you heard of buckwheat noodle before? Have you cooked with buckwheat noodle before? What is your recipe? Please post your comments below. Chao!