Gluten-Free Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad

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Gluten-Free Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad is for one of those days when you need a refreshing salad low in calories and fat. The salad is made with gluten-free rice vermicelli noodles, cucumber, carrots, red bell pepper and plenty of fresh mint. The Vietnamese dressing that flavours the salad is made simply with fresh lime juice, a sweetener (I used pure maple syrup), sesame oil, garlic, and if you like a bit of spice, add hot chilli pepper flakes. Nothing to it, but the salad is so delicious! There are many ways to serve this gluten-free Vietnamese rice noodle salad. My favourite way is as a side to fish or chicken. But, this salad makes for a hearty vegetarian main or as a starter.

Are Vietnamese Vermicelli Noodles Gluten-Free?

Vietnamese food is based on rice, rice noodles, rice flour and fresh vegetables. This means that there is very little gluten in their diet. Most noodles are made with rice flour, but sometimes their noodles may contain tapioca or even wheat flour. So to answer the question, are the vermicelli noodles gluten-free? Not always, this is why you need to check the label, Two things that you need to look for. Are there any other flours added, and if so, are they gluten-free. The other thing, check if the manufacturer processes wheat products because there may be cross-contamination with gluten. The safest Vietnamese vermicelli noodles to eat are labelled gluten-free. If you like Vietnamese food, you must check out the gluten-free pho soup recipe.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. uncooked gluten-free maifun noodles (angel hair or vermicelli rice noodles)
  • 1 medium English cucumber, cut with a spiral slicer or cut into thin strips
  • 2 carrots, cut with a spiral slicer or cut into thin strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint
  • FOR THE DRESSING
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup or agave or desired sweetener
  • 1 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • GF hot chilli pepper flakes to taste (optional)
  • Optional garnish; black sesame seeds, chopped fresh mint
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    Instructions

  • Prepare noodles as per package directions
  • While the noodles are softening, whisk together dressing ingredients
  • Place softened noodles, vegetables and dressing in a large bowl. Gently toss until all ingredients are well coated with the dressing. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or overnight.
  • Toss just before serving, sprinkle with sesame seeds and garnish with fresh mint.


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