Soba Noodles with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce {& a Giveaway!}

Soba noodles are mixed with fresh vegetables and tossed in a sweet and spicy Asian almond butter sauce. So easy to prepare and so full of flavor!

Soba Noodles with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce | ChezCateyLou.com

Good morning!  Did you have a nice weekend?  I was in town for the first time in 4 weekends, and it was so nice to just relax with TheBetterHalf.  And cook – I made 6 recipes for the blog!  Including this soba noodle salad!

Today I have two ways to make your Monday better…a quick, easy and delicious dinner idea, and a GIVEAWAY!

These Soba Noodles with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce are so simple to prepare and sweet/spicy/savory Asian inspired sauce tastes incredible.  The recipe comes from an amazing cookbook, Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture, and you can win a copy!  In fact I have three copies to give away today.  Scroll to the bottom of the post and enter to win!

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Kale Salad with Toasted Breadcrumbs

Kale is tossed in a light lemon vinaigrette and topped with cheese and toasted breadcrumbs, which are the star of the show! This kale salad is simple and delicious!
Kale Salad with Toasted Breadcrumbs | chezcateylou.com
Ok I know, this seems like the most boring post ever. It’s a kale salad. There are a million recipes out there for kale salads, and you see them on every menu these days. BUT do you know why this is not just any old kale salad??

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Toasted

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Farro Salad

Arugula, cherry tomatoes, and fresh herbs are mixed with farro and tossed in a lemon vinaigrette. Shaved parmesan and roasted pistachios finish off this amazing farro salad!

Farro Salad | chezcateylou.com
Do you ever have an amazing dish at a restaurant that you wish you could recreate at home? I had the most incredible farro salad at one of our favorite restaurants in NYC, Charlie Bird.  I know it doesn’t sound that exciting – I mean it is salad after all.  But I promise you, this salad is memorable.  And when I got home from dinner and googled it, I found a  recipe in the New York Times for the farro salad! Lucky me!

Sidenote – Charlie Bird is delicious.  If you live here and haven’t tried it yet, you really should!  Their chicken is outstanding!   Also when we were eating there once with TheBetterHalf’s parents, we saw Jerry Seinfeld and his family.   One of our best celeb sightings!

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Tortellini Greek Pasta Salad

All the flavors of a Greek salad are mixed with tortellini to make this Greek Pasta Salad – the perfect light summer dinner or side dish!

Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad | chezcateylou.com

What kinds of food do you think of when you think about summer? I immediately think of ice cream, anything with berries or peaches, grilled everything, and pasta salad! Pasta salad is just such a perfect summery food. It is great for picnics or a light dinner. My absolute favorite kind of regular salad is a Greek salad, so I turned it into a pasta salad –  Tortellini Greek Pasta Salad.

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Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomato

Bright and fresh asparagus and cherry tomatoes are mixed with healthy and hearty quinoa and then tossed in a simple lemon basil vinaigrette. A perfect springtime salad!

Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomato | chezcateylou.com

Is anyone else really into springy recipes lately? The weather is warmer and all the trees are in bloom here in NYC – it is so gorgeous! And it has me in the mood to cook lighter, healthier foods. Ok well except for these. But Saturday morning calories don’t count, right? Especially if you work out first!

But in general, I’ve been making lots of spring salads and other dishes to showcase all the great produce of the season. And one of my favorite spring veggies is asparagus.  Lucky for me, it was on our Mystery Dish list this month!!  When I saw the list, I knew exactly what I was going to make – Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomato in a simple Lemon Basil Vinaigrette.  … 

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