Summer Salad


Everyone has their superhero, their rock, the very person who sails them through all their highs and lows. They may not agree with you, you may not like everything they do but in the end they are the one on whom you can count in your toughest moments. And we may not notice but this strength is what makes our life run smoothly…


My better half is my superhero, my rock and I may not be the kind of person who will say this to him or to anyone but I know this. Trust me we are not the lovey-dovey couple who are perfect to endorse the “Made for Each-other” anything, we are rather the kinds who disagree on everything from the color of the sofa to every possible thing where we need to make a decision together. And even though we hardly ever see anything with same eye, we know we’ll do just fine in the end. And I know with him beside me, everything will be just well taken care of.

But with him travelling for business a lot lately, my life has turn into a little whirlpool. I spend my day juggling between, work, kids, home and zillion phone calls telling him that he needs to be HERE! So now you know why I have been little slow with my posts and the only person to be blamed for this is HIM. Yes I totally know I need to stop blaming other for my ridiculous time management.


While I simplify and smooth my days in the absence of my super-hero, here is a super easy and delicious recipe for you all to enjoy and simplify your meal a bit. This refreshing and easy summer salad is just perfect for the spring/summer days when all you want to enjoy is something little and refreshing. I like using rice noodles in my summer salad; they are delicate and take on the flavor of the dressing beautifully. If you like add some roasted chicken, cooked shrimps or some more veggies.


So I hope you will give this beautiful summer salad a try and don’t forget to give your super-hero a big hug or may be a big kiss and say “Thank You”.

Summer Salad

Yield: Serves 2-3


  • 1 6ounce package of thin rice noodles (cooked according to the direction on package, rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup carrot, julienne
  • 1 cup cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 scallion, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ¾ cup peanuts, chopped coarsely
  • 1-2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper as per taste.
  • Dressing-
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoon chili sauce (can be adjust as per liking)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar


  1. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients for the dressing. Add the cooked noodles along with carrots, cucumbers, scallions, cilantro, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Mix well and let the salad sit for 10-15 minutes for the flavors to develop.
  2. Once ready to serve add the chopped peanuts, toss well and serve cold.


{ 18 comments… add one }

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 19, 2013, 4:37 am

    This looks so light and fresh, I can’t wait to try it! :) I like your suggestion to add shrimp!

  • Kankana March 19, 2013, 5:16 am

    Awww I hope his travel reduces and you get to spend more time with him soon! The noodle sounds fantastic and I love the styling in all the frames :)

  • Bam's Kitchen March 19, 2013, 6:40 am

    I love that you made this summer salad with rice noodles as we are all trying to be gluten free in our home. Love the textures of the soft noodles, crispy veggies and crunchy nuts. Take care, BAM

  • Rosa March 19, 2013, 7:08 am

    I love those salads! Fresh, tasty and refined.



  • Lail | With A Spin March 19, 2013, 4:27 pm

    Isn’t it funny how we always blame the one we love for the smallest things. You are not alone, my friend…I totally get what you mean by juggling work, home, baby while hubby is out of town. My husband has been traviling everyweek, Mon-Thurs, since our baby was 5 weeks old. Hang in there.

    I love chrunchy nuts and crispy veggies on my salad.

  • yummychunklet March 19, 2013, 5:48 pm

    What a delicious looking salad!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 20, 2013, 8:51 am

    Jason and I aren’t really that lovey-dovey couple too (we disagree on everything) but he’s my person! And I’ll definitely have to make this gorgeous summer salad for him when he returns to LA! He’ll be thrilled.

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie March 20, 2013, 8:38 pm

    Aaw Reem this is such a beautiful post. I hope your hubby returns home from his travels soon. Also I hope he reads this too. Your salad sounds so refreshing and healthy. Thanks for taking the time from your busy schedule to share it with us. xx

  • Raymund March 21, 2013, 12:49 am

    This is a really nice salad. Love the flavours in them

  • Mallika March 21, 2013, 5:19 am

    Wow! That salad looks so delicious. Salad, did you say? It looks so delicious that I can probably have this as a meal by itself! Stunning!

  • Jill March 21, 2013, 3:31 pm

    This looks so lovely and summery! Beautiful photos too.

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook March 22, 2013, 4:39 am

    Mine has been gone for 2 weeks and finally coming back tomorrow night from India – long way back… I didn’t know yours were gone too. I totally understand you haven’t shared many posts because I haven’t either. :) You are really good with making Asian noodles. All look really easy and delicious. Love those noodles. I tend to eat a little too much.

    • Reem March 22, 2013, 3:45 pm

      @ Nami,

      I know how hard it can be with kids n school n work… Mine is literary travelling 3 weeks every month… I am going nuts!

  • Kiran @ March 23, 2013, 12:06 am

    Mine travels a lot too! Yikes! Hang in there, buddy :)

    Anyways, ditto to what Nami said — you make mean Asian noodle salads! Love it!

  • CCU March 23, 2013, 2:28 am

    So delicious and refreshing my friend :D


  • Adrian (What the Heck is Filipino Food) March 23, 2013, 7:57 am

    So refreshing! Will give this a go during next week’s warm weather! Thanks for posting this despite your hectic schedule

  • Karen (Back Road Journal) March 23, 2013, 11:59 pm

    I hope your husband reads this…I read it to my husband as you words describe perfectly how he is my rock too. Enjoy your salads and hopefully life will be a little more settled when you rock is close by. :)

    • Reem March 30, 2013, 1:32 am

      Thanks so much for your kind words always….. My hubby is back and before he leaves again for his next trip I am just trying to get all my energy back..LOL


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