Asian Noodle Salad

OK, if I am breaking the silence that has plagued this blog for the 
last 6 months, you KNOW it's for a good reason...

For Father's Day, my mom made this incredible salad that was even better the next day. It was seriously one of the best salads I've ever had, and you know how many salads I love :o) Granted, my dad and Jeremy weren't as into it as my mom and I were, but that was fine--more for us!!!

If you don't have all of the salad ingredients, just put in what you can. The more varied, the better though... For a great play-by-play and gorgeous pictures of this salad, click here

Asian Noodle Salad (from Jamie Oliver)
Salad ingredients: 
1 package linguine noodles, cooked, rinsed and cooled (abt. 8 oz)
1/2 to 1 head each: sliced Napa cabbage, purple cabbage, and baby spinach
1 each sliced thin: red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, and orange bell pepper
1 small bag (mung) bean sprouts
3 sliced green onions/scallions
3 peeled, sliced cucumbers
1 whole bunch cilantro, chopped (I can't get enough of this stuff--it makes the recipe, IMO)
1 can whole cashews

Dressing ingredients:
Juice of 1 lime
8 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
6 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp. fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
2 hot peppers or jalapenos, chopped (opt.)
More chopped cilantro :o)

Mix together salad ingredients (my mom layered the ingredients, with the noodles on the bottom--so pretty!). Whisk together dressing ingredients and pour over salad. Mix with tongs (or clean hands :o) and serve on large platter. 

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