I am so excited to share today's Kelp Noodle recipe with you guys! This Red Curry Peanut Noodle Salad is one of my favorite go-to raw vegan recipes. I love this kelp noodle slaw, because it's super easy to make, low calories, and loaded with nutrients.
This recipe is one of those recipes I make when I'm not craving vegetables, but I know I need a boost. It's the perfect way to eat the rainbow!
How To Make Vegan Recipes For Weight Loss:
One of the reasons I like this kelp noodle recipe so much is because it is the perfect vegan salad for weight loss! Kelp noodles are one of my favorite weight loss "hacks", because they're high volume and low calorie.
If you're like me and you like to eat larger quantities of food, kelp noodles may be the perfect solution for you! Kelp noodles are naturally low in calories, and work just like any other noodles. When mixed in with a recipe like this Red Curry Peanut Noodle Salad, kelp noodles can fool you into thinking you're eating a calorie dense meal.
Kelp noodles are amazing. However it's important that when making a kelp noodle recipe you incorporate lots of colorful vegetables, plant based protein, and healthy fats to make a complete meal. If you're making high volume vegan recipes, it's important that you make sure they are still full of macro and micro nutrients.
Why Make Homemade Asian Salad Dressings?
Oh, how we wish vegan food was just spelled out for us everywhere we go! Unfortunately it's not. Although there are tons of Asian recipes that are made vegan, there are a few things that you need to be on the lookout for:
- Fish sauce: a lot of processed Asian sauces contain fish sauce in them, so that is why I always opt for homemade, or the certified vegan curry paste down below!
- Natural/artificial flavorings: did you know that natural flavors can mean literally anything in the world? If a product contains natural flavors, make sure that it is certified vegan!
- Miso soup (only at restaurants): this is an easy substitution when you make it at home, since the main ingredient is miso paste, but when you order it at most restaurants, it contains fish flakes!
I could go on forever, but I just wanted to give a little background as to why I always make my own sauces and dressings. Although it might take a little more time, I promise these homemade sauces and dressings are super simple (like the one featured in this vegan curry pasta salad), and way better for your health!
How To Meal Prep This Kelp Noodle Recipe:
This raw vegan noodle salad is so delicious fresh you may not want to meal prep it. However if you're looking for an easy raw vegan meal prep recipe this may be for you. I live alone and I frequently meal prep this recipe.
Kelp noodles are a little weird to meal prep, because they can dry out quite easily. Therefore if you plan to meal prep this kelp noodle slaw it's important that you make sure the kelp noodles are coated with sauce. This can be problematic, because the sauce is very flavorful.
Instead of making more of the red curry peanut sauce, you can simply add a little bit more water (about ¼ cup). You may think that this may make the rest of the ingredients soggy. Luckily the rest of the ingredients in this kelp noodle recipe store well with liquid. This allows you to keep all the raw vegetables fresh for longer periods of time. If you store it in an air tight container you can easily store this recipe in the fridge for a full week.
How To Eat More Raw Vegan Recipes:
Although I believe that eating a raw vegan diet is extremely healthy, I personally don't ever see myself becoming a fully raw vegan. However, with that said I do believe that it is a good idea to incorporate more raw vegan meals into your diet.
How to eat more raw vegan recipes? I find that the easiest way to eat more raw vegan meals is to look for completely new recipes. Instead of searching for familiar recipes made raw, look for completely new and unique recipes to fall in love with!
For example I created this kelp noodle slaw to be a completely new recipe and not a replacement for something I already know. The noodles and vegetables help to give it some familiarity, but the flavor is something completely unique and delicious!
What Makes This Kelp Noodle Slaw So Healthy?
Like I touched on earlier, this Red Curry Peanut Noodle salad recipe is packed full of nutrient dense produce and flavorful spices, yet is a healthy low calorie pasta recipe. However the healthy aspects are not the only reason you should make this kelp noodle recipe. This recipe is:
- RAW VEGAN
- LOW CALORIE
- REFINED SUGAR-FREE
- HIGH PROTEIN
Ingredients for Red Curry Peanut Noodle Salad:
For The Red Curry Dressing:
- Red curry paste
- Natural peanut butter
- Miso paste
- Lime Juice
For The Kelp Noodle Slaw:
- Bell pepper
- Water chestnuts
- Green onions
- Kelp noodles
- Purple cabbage
How To Make This Kelp Noodle Slaw:
Making this Red Curry Peanut Noodle Salad is very simple. The key to this recipe’s success is making sure you prepare the kelp noodles correctly. In order for kelp noodles to achieve a texture that is similar to rice noodles.
To prepare the kelp noodles, rinse them after opening the bag and place in a bowl of slightly warm water. Make sure the noodles are covered completely. Allow to soak for about 15 minutes.
While the noodles are soaking prepare the rest of your ingredients. Slice the purple cabbage, bell pepper, green onions, shred the carrots using a julienne peeler, and roughly chop the cilantro and broccoli.
Make the sauce by combining all ingredients together with ¼ cup of water and mixing until smooth. Strain the kelp noodles and add to the bull. Cover with sauce and toss. Serve and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What Are Kelp Noodles Made Of?
Unlike other low calorie noodles, kelp noodles are made with only one ingredient: kelp! Kelp is a nutrient rich seaweed that is super low in calories (like 5 calories per serving). This is why I prefer kelp noodles, because they're made from real ingredients and not heavenly processed ingredients.
Are Kelp Noodles Healthy?
Kelp noodles are low in calories and made with simple ingredients, but they're also super healthy. Kelp contains iodine which is a particularly hard nutrient to find, especially as a vegan. However too much iodine can be a bad thing, so if you're going to incorporate kelp into your diet make sure you're not over doing it!
Is This Kelp Noodle Recipe Low Sodium?
It is! Although sodium is not one of the worst things you can consume, I still think as a society we brush it off too much. I always look for the lowest sodium options when creating recipes like this kelp noodle slaw.
I love green curry, but red curry usually contains way less sodium! If sodium is your highest concern, look for red curry instead of green. Both are still healthy and delicious, but just something to keep in mind. If you really want to lower the sodium content in this kelp noodle recipe you can leave out the miso paste. It will change the flavor slightly, but lower the sodium content.
Related Raw Vegan Recipes:
Red Curry Peanut Noodle Salad
- 1 package kelp noodles
- 2 cups purple cabbage
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 crown broccoli
- 1 can water chestnuts
- 2-3 carrots
- 1 cup sugar snap peas
- 1 package tempeh
- 3 green onions
- ½ cup cilantro
- Begin by soaking the kelp noodles in water for about 15 minutes. This helps them to not be as crunchy.
- Chop the cabbage into thin slices, cut the pepper into strips, shred the carrots, and chop the broccoli and green onions. Add to a large bowl with the kelp noodles and remaining salad ingredients.
- Make the dressing by combining the peanut butter, red curry paste, miso paste, ginger, minced garlic, lime juice, and ¼ cup of water.
- Top with extra cilantro and chopped peanuts. Serve and enjoy!