Cucumber Mango Miso Noodle Bowls

Cucumber Mango Miso Noodle Bowls

A few weeks ago, while I was making a list of potential upcoming summer recipes, I asked Jack “hey, what’s a recipe you really want me to make?” In the past, answers to questions like that are usually “pretzels!” or “pizza!” but this time it was “an asian noodle salad.” I asked if he could be more specific but he said “I just really really love noodles – you know, when they’re tossed in an asian-ey kind of dressing.” Not a huge help, but at least it was something.

So on a Monday when I felt I could use a little reset after weekend-eating, his idea (with a ginger-y sauce) sounded pretty good. This recipe is not an authentic version of anything, but when I got around to making said “asian noodle salad,” this was what I happened to have: a bunch of cucumbers, a ripe mango, a few limes, a jalapeño, and a bunch of mint. At first, I wanted to add peppers, cabbage, and everything colorful, but then I realized that I could make something delicious without tossing in the kitchen sink.

Cucumber Mango Miso Noodle Bowls

The tangy miso-peanut sauce is the real star – it’s also become a go-to recipe lately because its ingredients are so easy to keep on hand. Miso paste lasts about 1 year in the fridge and I store my fresh ginger in the freezer. Peanut butter, garlic, limes, are all regulars around here.

The second time I made this recipe, I served it to my family and added tofu on top to make it a bigger meal – the tofu is not pictured here, but I’ve included a recipe below. This recipe serves 3 on its own or 4 if you add the tofu (or whatever protein you like – chicken, shrimp, salmon, etc).

If you don’t have vermicelli rice noodles, brown rice stir fry noodles (the flat, thicker noodles) work well here. Pasta would also be fine in a pinch.

Cucumber Mango Miso Noodle Bowls

4.5 from 2 reviews
Cucumber Mango Miso Noodle Bowls
 
Serves: serves 4
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces rice vermicelli noodles (or any noodle you like)
  • 4 Persian cucumbers or 1 large English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • 1 ripe mango, diced
  • ½ jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced or minced
  • 5 lime slices (1 for squeezing, 4 for serving)
  • extra-virgin olive oil or sesame oil, for drizzling
  • ⅓ cup chopped cashews, toasted
  • ¼ cup torn mint
  • sea salt
  • protein of choice, or (see baked tofu recipe below)
peanut-miso sauce
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons warm water
Instructions
  1. Make the peanut-miso sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, miso paste, ginger, garlic, and lime juice. Whisk in the warm water, as needed, until the sauce is a drizzable consistency. Set aside.
  2. Combine the cucumbers, scallions, mango and jalapeño in a bowl with a few pinches of salt and a squeeze of lime. Toss and set aside.
  3. Cook the rice noodles according to the package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Toss with a bit of olive oil or sesame oil to keep the noodles from sticking together.
  4. Assemble bowls with the rice noodles, cucumber mixture, cashews, mint, generous drizzles of the peanut-miso sauce and tofu, if using. Serve with lime slices and extra sauce on the side.
Notes
Baked Tofu
14 ounces extra-firm tofu
extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
tamari, for drizzling
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
sriracha, for drizzling

Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Pat the tofu dry and cut into 1-inch cubes. Place on the baking sheet and toss with drizzles of olive oil, tamari and pinches of salt and pepper. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven, toss the tofu lightly with sriracha, and return it to the oven for 2 more minutes.

 


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34 comments

  1. AGS on said:

    Thank you for the suggestion to store the ginger in the freezer. Do you peel it before you freeze it?

    • Beth ann on said:

      I also keep my ginger in the freezer. I dont peel it. I find when I grate the frozen ginger, the pulp grates and the “skin” seems to fall away.
      I learnt this from a farmer at the market.
      I try to buy the fresh ginger at the farmers market, but this technique has also worked fine for supermarket variety. No more wasted dedicated ginger! 😊

      • Beth ann on said:

        I meant desiccated!

      • I don’t usually peel it either (although you could) – I just grate it frozen on a microplane grater. If it’s a fat piece of ginger, the skin doesn’t really get in the way, if it’s a tiny piece with a lot of skin, then I peel it back a little as I go.

  2. Beth Ann on said:

    Thank you so much Jeanine! I made this tonight and it was a delightfully fun blend of flavors and textures. Only thing, my noodles broke up a lot and does not look so pretty as yours. Any great tips on that?

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  4. Angela from grapegravy.com on said:

    Looks delicious! thanks for the frozen ginger tip.

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  6. Marie on said:

    Thank you for the recipe, great idea! I am sure my family will love it.
    xoxo Marie

  7. Erin on said:

    Made this tonight and it was delicious! I’m also pretty sure my miso is slightly past it’s prime and it was still so good!

    This is my first time commenting but I’ve been following your blog for I think around four years–I basically learned to cook following your recipes with the occasional YouTube video of how to chop a vegetable. I started following at a time that I was becoming vegetarian (still going strong!) and flirting with veganism (not going as strong). The first time I ever cooked for my boyfriend of two years I used one of your recipes and it was obviously a success! (Not that I’m the only one that cooks, the first meal he made for me was a success too). Whenever I’m not sure I what’s for dinner I usually end up making the latest recipe you posted, which is obviously what happened tonight.

    I just wanted to thank you for all the delicious, beautiful, and inspiring recipes. I think your writing/design/culinary prowess and creativity have really changed the way I think about food. Also you have made me super popular at pot lucks. Keep up the amazing work!

    • Hi Erin – thank you so much for commenting! This makes me so so so happy to hear :). I laughed out loud about your flirting with veganism (I call it “sometimes vegan,” depending on the day and how much I’m craving feta cheese or greek yogurt).

      So glad you liked the noodles 🙂
      xoxo

  8. Amanda Renny from wildsunflowerchef.com on said:

    Very nice recipe and it is so easy to make at home. Very awesome recipes. Looking very delicious. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe. I will definitely try it. Please share some more yummy recipes like this.
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  9. dan from construct.uonbi.ac.ke on said:

    Yummy

  10. Nicole from graduateschool.uonbi.ac.ke on said:

    Mango and cucumber..so refreshing. Ive never stores ginger in the freezer, does it help with anything else apart from not drying out?

  11. dan from construct.uonbi.ac.ke on said:

    Nice meal

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  14. John on said:

    Thanks for sharing Jeanine, i will try for myself 🙂

  15. sophy on said:

    very nice for young one and delicious too. I recommend for it is fast to prepare.

  16. patrick from uonlibrary.uonbi.ac.ke on said:

    very nice delicious

  17. This salad looks so refreshing and perfect for summer! Can’t wait to try it with the addition of tofu – YUM!

  18. irene from h on said:

    looks delightful

  19. irene from swa.uonbi.ac.ke on said:

    looks wonderfull

  20. Cynthia on said:

    what else do you use this sauce with?? : )

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  22. Gaby Dalkin from whatsgabycooking.com on said:

    Definitely need to try the miso-peanut ginger sauce!! Sounds so yum!

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