Cafe Carmo-Inspired Broken Noodle Salad

I have a confession to make: I’m a veg*n who doesn’t like lettuce. I actually used to joke that that’s part of why I became vegetarian: it forces me to eat healthy things I wouldn’t necessarily choose.

It also means I get pretty excited when I find a non-lettuce-based salad option, which I did last week at Cafe Carmo in New Orleans.

(Incidentally: vegan food in NOLA may be few and far between, but Cafe Carmo makes up for it!)

Today I decided to recreate their Broken Noodle salad at home. Sadly the grocery store was out of bean sprouts, but I was a little creative with what I had in the fridge.


The restaurant lists the ingredients as: Rice noodles with tofu, peanuts, bean sprouts, cucumber, peas, mushrooms, cabbage, cilantro, peppers & scallions all tossed with citrus ginger chili vinaigrette.

My version: Glass noodles with tofu, peanuts, peas, mushrooms, spinach, yellow pepper, avocado and cilantro, with a ginger-lime olive oil. Dang – just now I see theirs said chili vinaigrette, I totally could have done that as I have a few different chili oils.

I made the noodles in advance and had them chilling in the fridge, which made the salad a little cooler than I may have liked. As well, the dressing didn’t have the kick it could have. In all, though, it was tasty and quick – and lettuce-free!!

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