Orchid Lime Salad

Lime Orchid Salad 1

I’m all about ginormous salads these days – ones with quinoa and barley and rice noodles and just loads of chopped up stuff – salads I can fill up on and pat myself on the back for having consumed a virtuous quantity of veggies.

This particular salad was served at the very first back yard meal of the season, long before the floods, when it got chilly as the sun went down and we had to leave early because it was a school night. We were at a housewarming dinner at our friends‘ first home; this was set upon the picnic table alongside a chicken curry and stacks of mismatched plates, and all was devoured. When I made it myself at home it was far too much for us three – far better for a backyard get-together – and next time I’ll make sure I have salted peanuts or cashews to crush overtop, and perhaps some quickly cooked shrimp or leftover roasted chicken to add to the mix, if I’m so inclined when the moment comes.

Lime Orchid Salad 2

And I’m hoping there will be another opportunity to bring something to someone else’s back yard on a hot summer night – as a bonus, this particular tossed noodle salad thing is gluten-free (if you use tamari instead of soy sauce), wheat-free, dairy-free and vegan, and yet all you notice when it comes to the table is all the stuff that’s in it – not all the stuff that’s not.

How’s your summer going so far? What’s everyone doing and making? I want to hear!





Orchid Lime Salad

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24 comments on “Orchid Lime Salad

  1. Misty
    July 24, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Well that just made my grocery list a whole lot longer! It sounds delicious!

  2. heather whitbread
    July 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    This looks yummy – and easy to adapt. I can’t eat cucumber, but I think zucchini will work just as well! 🙂 Thank you!

  3. Anonymous
    July 24, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I just made this salad the other night to rave reviews, even my 2.5 year old loved it!

  4. Vivian
    July 25, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Thanks so much for including recipes that don’t rely on wheat flour. I am experimenting with alternative flours and seeds such as quinoa and almond flour. They are not quite the same “satisfying” wheat versions of familiar recipes but way healthier.

  5. Vivian
    July 25, 2013 at 12:12 am

    P.S. Have you noticed that a number of stores have stopped carrying bean sprouts and other sprouts due to a concern about salmonella? How about a tutorial on how to make our own?!

  6. Carolyn
    July 25, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Looks yummy. I like your suggestion about adding some chicken or other protien. I got a fancy charcoal bbq this year, so I’m having great fun grilling, smoking and bbqing everything in sight (including smoking cheese, and a low and slow bbq’d pork shoulder). After using only a gas bbq for most of my life, I didn’t know what I was missing.

  7. Linda
    July 25, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Any substitute for almond butter?

    • Julie
      July 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Linda – of course, you could use any kind of nut butter!

  8. Sue V
    July 25, 2013 at 10:58 am

    This looks amazing and your timing is perfect. I have family from BC arriving next week (I’m in Ontario) and will spend this weekend planning meals and this is the sort of thing I’m looking for. I would imagine it would be good for a couple of days too. As always, thanks for great ideas Julie!
    Summer is going well. I can’t believe next week is August already. Then its a slippery slope into cooler nights and back to school. My youngest heads off to University this year and as much as I’ll miss him… it’ll also be a relief! He creates stress for me and I know this is just what he needs – he’s SO ready!!

  9. kickpleat
    July 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I’m eating a ton of salads for dinner too. Or hummus & cukes when I’m lazy. This sounds so good!! I hope you’re having a great summer!

  10. Nicole Boyhouse
    July 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Well, I’m going to be making this for sure. This looks amazeballs. AMAZEBALLS. I’ve been making tons of pasta salads and regular salads and fruit salads. Salads, salads, everywhere, and now I must add this one to my repertoire.

  11. Carol S-B
    July 25, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Love the look of this salad (I’ll just use regular skinny noodles since that’s what I have in the house!)
    I’m making lots of pasta salads right now. They’re all different, but often start with a trip to Scarpone’s (The Italian Store): some pasta (penne?); a can of chick peas (drained and rinsed); chopped pepper(s); chopped feta; chives or whatever’s near the front door on the way in (garlic tops/ thyme etc.) for something green. The dressing? into a jar goes a bit of salt, pepper, sugar, balsamic, hot water to dissolve. Olive oil. Sometimes dried oregano, or basil, or a big scoop of pesto. Leftover antipasto, maybe the tail end of the artichoke hearts… hey, look! there’s some steamed broccoli! Chopped roasted almonds. It all goes in. Sturdy salads make lunchtime easy!

    • Julie
      July 25, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      Love love love pesto pasta salads. It’s something W has gobbled down since he was little!

  12. Carol S-B
    July 25, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Oh, the other thing we’re enjoying is “marinated mozzarella”.
    In a medium jar shake the stuff you’d use for a good salad dressing: an acid, bit of sweet/ salt/ herbs for flavour, and good olive oil. Cube mozzarella and drop in. Shake and refrigerate a few hours. I dump them out on a platter with cherry tomatoes and olives, and provide long bamboo skewers: stab a tomato or an olive, then a piece of cheese. Eat. Repeat. It’s a nice way to stand at the counter and chat. Right now, two kinds in my fridge: 1) lemon juice/ salt/ sugar/ black pepper/ olive oil. 2) balsamic/ salt/ pepper/ basil/ thyme (stripped off leaves, and added sprigs as well)/ olive oil. Marinating the mozzarella pulls out a bit of the moisture, and firms it up.

    • Julie
      July 25, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      Oooh.. that sounds fab! and so easy! I’m totally doing that!

  13. crystal
    July 26, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Don’t you just LOVE the Whitewater Cookbooks?! So many gorgeous, inspiring, and delicious recipes! Thanks for sharing this one, can’t wait to give it a whirl <3

  14. Susan
    July 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Amazing salad! Made it for dinner last night. So so good! Even better the next day for lunch…
    Thank you for posting gluten free recipes!

  15. Avery
    July 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Num. I’ve made a similar salad to this using soba noodles. I have a jar of almond butter sitting in my fridge that has obviously been waiting for this post. Thanks!

  16. molly
    July 26, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    … and now we have our menu rounded out for next week (thank you!!)

  17. Cynthia
    July 27, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Having a great summer so far! Lots of Julie Van recipes in da house. Recently watermelon.org has been wonderful for summer eating! Your hummus and your pita chips are a daily feature.

  18. Rebecca
    July 29, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Hi Julie!
    Thanks for the delicious salad recipe! Since my summers are my time to play in the kitchen (I am a teacher with 4 young children), I experiment with whatever comes in my CSA box/farmer’s market trips. I’m also trying to reduce the amount of meat we eat and only use local preferably grass-fed/cage free meats/eggs so I’m really trying to be creative with the legumes as a protein source (I need to get your bean book!). Last night we had grilled corn and black bean tacos and the night before it was pan-roasted chick peas and rainbow chard with garlic scapes. Yummy. A bit harder to convince my carnivores, though. Thanks for all your inspiration. My mom loves when I share recipes from “my Julie”.

  19. Sita
    April 6, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I love all of the books by Whitewater Cooks. Wanted to mention that the recipe calls for a slivered almond and sesame topping that is lightly cooked. (toasted then add bit of butter melted, salt, sugar, and chinese 5 spice. Then heat it again to make it stick together). The dressing and toping mixture make the salad!
    As far as it being too big for home I just reduce the noodle amount and I use the extra dressing on steamed veggies or chicken the next day.

    • Julie
      April 6, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Ah, I’ll have to try it again! It’s been so long… 🙂

  20. CVP
    July 13, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Great taste. It would be good to know in the recipe how many this is supposed to serve. It made alot!

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