Chef Lynn Crawford’s Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing

Big news! I got to meet chef Lynn Crawford!! I know, right?! I was so lucky to have been invited to a promo event launching Catteli’s new Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains Pasta.

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Chef Lynn was honestly hilarious. You can tell that she is truly an entertainer as well as an extremely talented chef. We were all so lucky to get to have such an intimate experience with her.

IMG_2313I was sitting so close to her that I even got to know her a bit! Lucky me 🙂

IMG_6401I also got the chance to pop some soghum. (Did you know that you can pop ancient grains?).

DSCN0980When popped, it tastes a little nuttier than popcorn. It was delicious. I am definitely going to do this with some of Gold Forrest Grain’s Farro!

DSCN0983Chef Lynn made us her famous marinara sauce to go along with the rotini pasta. I am not exaggerating when I say that it was the best marinara I have ever tasted. I am definitely following her recipe next time. We also made a quick pesto to go along with the spaghetti. Both were so delicious!

IMG_7874Now let me tell you a little bit about the pasta: It combines Canadian grown amaranth, quinoa, teff, sorghum, and millet. The pasta has a bit of a different texture from regular whole wheat pasta. While it is still toothy, it’s not chewy like whole wheat pasta. That’s something I hate about whole wheat pasta so I rarely buy it. This pasta is definitely being added to my list!

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For the main event, we all got to make Chef Lynn’s incredible chilled noodle salad with ginger wasabi dressing. It was chock full of veggies and when I brought it to work the next day for lunch, I couldn’t help but brag that my lunch was made by a food network star!  IMG_7775 I had a blast meeting Chef Lynn. She truly is wonderful person.

Chef Lynn Crawford’s Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing

You will need:

1 pkg (340 g)              Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains Spaghettini

2 cups (500 ml)            snow peas, thinly sliced diagonally

1 cup (250 ml)                         shelled edamame

1                                  small English cucumber

2 cups (500 ml)            napa cabbage, finely shredded

1 cup (250 ml)                         red pepper, cut into matchsticks

3                                  green onions, thinly sliced

1                                  ripe avocado, sliced

1/4 cup (60 ml)                        cilantro leaves

2 tbsp (30 ml)              black sesame seeds

 

Ginger-Wasabi Dressing:

1/4 cup (60 ml)            seasoned rice vinegar

3 tbsp (45 ml)              canola oil

2 tbsp (30 ml)              soy sauce

2 tbsp (30 ml)              lemon juice

1 tsp (5 ml)                  lemon zest

2 tsp (10 ml)                brown sugar

2 tsp (10 ml)                sesame oil

1 tsp (5 ml)                  grated fresh ginger

wasabi to taste

 

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain well. Rinse under cold water until well chilled; transfer to large bowl and set aside.

 

  1. In a pot of boiling water, cook snow peas and edamame until tender-crisp. Drain and rinse under cold water until well chilled; set aside.

 

  1. Meanwhile, halve the cucumber lengthwise and use the end of a spoon to scoop and discard seeds; cut cucumber into julienne strips.

 

  1. Ginger-Wasabi Dressing: Whisk together rice vinegar, canola oil, soy sauce, lemon juice and zest, brown sugar, sesame oil and ginger. Season with wasabi to taste.

 

  1. Add cucumber, snow peas, edamame, napa cabbage, red pepper, green onions and avocado to noodles; toss with enough dressing to coat.

 

  1. Garnish with cilantro leaves and black sesame seeds.

 

Tip: If you have time, you can chill the noodle dish by refrigerating for 1 to 4 hours.

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