Summer nights don’t get much better than dining al fresco with a make ahead Sweet and Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad and a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Sweet and Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad - Summer nights don’t get much better than dining al fresco with a make ahead Sweet and Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad.

Make ahead dinners have saved my hide more than once this summer. With baseball games and practices 3-4 nights a week, an easy dinner has become a necessity in our house. This Sweet and Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad fits the bill perfectly and has quickly become a family favorite.

What’s great about this salad is you can make it ahead of time and serve it cold or at room temperature. How’s that for versatility? Filled with peanuts, soy sauce, sesame and fresh veggies, it’s a satisfying meatless meal that is ideal for hot summer nights. Craving a little more protein in your dinner? Toss in some grilled chicken or shrimp to round out your meal.

Sweet and Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad -Summer nights don’t get much better than dining al fresco with a make ahead Sweet and Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad.

Now anyone who knows me well knows that I love a good glass of wine with dinner. The clean, crisp Sauvignon Blanc from Sileni Estates is absolutely delicious with this spicy sweet noodle dish. But dinners on the go don’t always make enjoying quality wine an option. Fortunately Sileni Winery created a portable way to enjoy their award-winning Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

The adorable Sileni NANO is an all-in-one fun (AND unbreakable AND recyclable) cup and bottle combination that goes anywhere. Perfect for picnics, tailgating or wherever you enjoy your al fresco meals. Plus the NANOs are filled with the exact same wine as the large bottles.

A quality wine in a portable package paired with a make ahead meal? Sounds like a win-win to me!

Sweet and Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad- Summer nights don’t get much better than dining al fresco with a make ahead Sweet and Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad.

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Sweet and Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad

Sweet and Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

Peanut Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Noodle Salad:

  • 8 ounces thin spaghetti, cooked al dente
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

Peanut Sauce:

  1. Place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.

Noodle Salad:

  1. Cook spaghetti al dente according to package directions and rinse with cold water. Add to large bowl and toss with olive oil so noodles don't stick to each other.
  2. Add sugar snap peas, carrots, green onions and peanuts to noodles and stir in desired amount of peanut sauce. Add cilantro and mix well. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Notes

I save a couple tablespoons of the peanut sauce and add it right before serving.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Sileni Estates. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the companies that make Garnish with Lemon possible. 

Summer nights don’t get much better than dining al fresco with a make ahead Sweet and Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad.