This is the outstanding dish our friend and neighbor brought to our house last night. The recipe comes from Epicurious, and makes 12 servings. Very refreshing!
I believe she might have changed out some of the herbs. Perhaps she’ll go to the comment box and tell us how she made this recipe her own creation.
3/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 Tsp. salt
3 large galic cloves, chopped
1 red jalapeno or serrano chile, seeded, chopped
3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. oriental sesame oil
1 1/2 Tsp. grated lime peel
12 ounces green soba or chuka soba (Japanese-style) noodles
1 large English hothouse cucumber, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
1 large ripe mango, peeled, halved, pitted, thinly sliced crosswise
1 cup chopped fresh basil
1 cup chopped fresh mint
1 cup chopped toasted salted peanuts
Warm vinegar, sugar, and salt in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Stir in garlic and jalapeno. Cool. Mix in lime juice, sesame oil, and lime peel.
Cook noodles in large pot of boiling water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain well. Rinse under cold water; drain again. Transfer noodles to dish-towel-lined platter to drain. Transfer noodles to large bowl. Add dressing to coat. (Can be prepared 6 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
Add cucumber, mango, basil, and mint to noodles and toss gently. Arrange salad on platter. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Garnish with lime wedges. (Can be made 2 hours ahead. Cover and let stand at room temperature.)