Guys, on Thursday night mid-way through episode 4, season 2, of Homeland, my hard drive died. DIED! As in, lost all the photos I’ve taken since 2011, lost all the bookmarks I’ve made from bloggers, lost everything I’ve done since September 2011. I’m swearing all kinds of un-lady-like words right now.

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Trust me, I know all about the need to back up your stuff. This has happened before. But you see, I’m kind of lazy and need something BIG to kick me in the butt. Needless to say, my butt has been kicked. HARD. Thank God for Pinterest, Dropbox, Evernote, and iPhones. They have saved my life this week recovering whatever little they could.

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The good news?
-My Europe and life in Switzerland photos were saved.
-I got rid of a LOT of clutter.
-I only lost one recipe!

So I’m not going to die. I’ll just be sad for a little while.

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In times like this you’d think I’d want a whole cake to myself, which I guess I do, but I really wanted to get creative in the kitchen and make a salad that was “for me”. This salad had all my favorite flavours, is easy, and totally awesome. I hope you like it!

The sauce involves dissolving brown sugar in hot water. Then you stir in garlic, jalapeno, sambal oelek, fish sauce, soy sauce, and lime juice. Once it’s thoroughly whisked it tastes soooo good.

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To assemble your salads (this serves 2 after all), place 1 cup of lettuce on the bottom of a plate with 1 tbsp of basil. Next, divide the rice noodles evenly and nest them on top of the lettuce and basil. Ladle 4 tbsp of dressing onto noodles.

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Arrange cucumbers and tomato on top of noodles. Garnish with scallions. Drizzle with more dressing and top with salted peanuts. Enjoy, friends!

Saigon Salad with Spicy Lime Sauce

Serving Size: 2

Saigon Salad with Spicy Lime Sauce

Ingredients

    Dressing:
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 tsp sambal oelek (or crushed red pepper flakes)
  • 4 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 6 tbsp lime juice
  • Salad:
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 package rick noodles, 1/4" wide
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cucumber, seeded and sliced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 4 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp salted peanuts, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Dissolve sugar in hot water and let cool. Stir in garlic, jalapeno, sambal oelek, fish sauce, soy sauce, and lime juice. Whisk thoroughly to combine and set aside while preparing the rest of the salad.
  2. Follow noodle package instructions; strain in colander and rinse with cold water. Shake off excess water and gently toss noodles with sesame oil.
  3. To assemble salads, place 1 cup of lettuce on the bottom of a plate with 1 tbsp of basil. Next, divide the noodles evenly and nest them on top of the lettuce and basil. Ladle 4 tbsp of dressing onto noodles. Arrange cucumbers and tomato on top of noodles. Garnish with scallions. Drizzle with more dressing and top with salted peanuts.
  4. Serve with chopsticks and enjoy!

Notes

-Recipe adapted from the Rebar Modern Food Cookbook.

-Sometimes we add toasted sesame seeds, marinated tofu, and some Hoisin sauce to this. It just depends what we have on hand. The boy says Hoisin is a must!

-For a vegan option, just use 6 tbsp of soy sauce and remove the fish sauce altogether.

-This makes lots of extra sauce and you can store it in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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26 Responses to Saigon Salad with Spicy Lime Sauce

  1. Another reason for me to get off my butt and backup quick. I would die if I lost my pictures, and I have years that aren’t backed up. Thanks for the reminder, and so sorry you had to experience that! Your salad looks delicious! I just love those flavors.

  2. Mr. & Mrs. P says:

    This looks so light and yummy!

  3. I absolutely love the flavors you have used here! I am definitely pinning this to refer back to. Now excuse me while I go back up the rest of the hard drive (that I started the other night and have been dragging my feet on finishing…). SO GLAD you were able to save the important stuff!

  4. Nanny says:

    What an awesome salad.
    So glad you did retrieve most of your info etc. Now backup everynight says Poppa. Voice of experience from the office!!:)

  5. Katrina, I’m so sorry to hear about your computer crash. What a nightmare. I hope you find solace in your tasty looking salad and more episodes of Homeland – those might just cheer you up;)
    Take care,
    Erin

  6. Tracey says:

    Ugh that’s the worst, I’m so sorry you’re dealing with it right now. My hard drive died a few years ago and I didn’t have a back-up either so I feel your pain! I agree with Erin, more Homeland episodes are the remedy to this stressful situation πŸ™‚ Love your salad by the way, the flavors in the dressing are awesome!

  7. I’ve never seen Homeland, but am a TV junkie and will add it to my list πŸ™‚ this salad looks crazy delish!

  8. brandi says:

    oh man – i’v lost stuff like that before, too! mostly on my work computer, thank goodness, but still – it’s not fun!

    so glad to have this recipe. it looks so fresh!

  9. Monet says:

    Oh girl, that is the worst! And like you…I know I should back things up, but I never do. I’m glad you didn’t lose everything…and I’m glad you shared this salad. It’s perfect for these warmer days! Thank you for sharing!

  10. Monica says:

    This looks delicious! I love anything involving rice noodles and that combination of sweet-sour-salty. Thanks also for the reminder to back things up!

  11. Ashley says:

    Oh man, that’s the worst. Happened to us once and after that we finally got a system in place to back up regularly! This salad looks delicious by the way!

  12. I love this summery, colorful salad, Katrina! It looks so delicious. So sorry about that computer frustration, too. We don’t realize how much of our lives is digital until we lose so many important things.

  13. So sorry about the hard-drive, but thanks for the reminder. Need to work on a good backup plan.

    Yummy salad! Love all the condiments used, especially oelek sambal πŸ™‚

  14. What a gorgeously fresh and Summery salad! Love ones like this!

  15. Oh no! I would have been saying all kinds of unlady-like words too if I’d lost my hard drive, I’m glad you were able to recover some of it at least.

  16. Oh this salad, so colorful and delicious! Need.

  17. Joanne says:

    UGH!!! I am SO sorry!! That is the worst. My laptop is on the verge of death and I’ve ordered a new one…hopefully it arrives in time to transfer everything! i can definitely see why you wanted to make this salad in these stressful times. i’ve been craving Asian rice noodle salads like a FIEND lately and this would totally help with that!

  18. That salad looks so nice and fresh and good! The dressing sounds tasty!

  19. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    nooooo!!! that is literally my worst nightmare! I hope you manage to retrieve some of your files at least! this salad looks amazing!

  20. This looks so crisp and refreshing! Can’t wait to try it! THANK YOU!

  21. This looks so healthy and DELICIOUS.

    thanks for sharing πŸ˜€

    x

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