Chinese Lentil and Noodle Salad

Chinese Lentil and Noodle Salad
Menu Part: 
Cuisine Type: 

A chilled noodle salad with lentils is a refreshing and tasty start to a meal. The Asian dressing packs the greens with flavor.


1 cup USA lentils, rinsed
2 cups water
1⁄3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
2 tbsp. peanut oil
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
1 tbsp. sesame oil
1 clove garlic, minced
6 oz. cooked linguine
2 qt. boiling water
3⁄4 cup chopped green onions
1 cup sliced water chestnuts
1 cup fresh or thawed frozen peas
1⁄4 cup cilantro, chopped


1. Place lentils in medium saucepan with water; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10-12 minutes, or until lentils are barely tender. Drain, if necessary, and place in medium bowl.

2. Combine vinegar, peanut oil, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil and garlic. Pour over lentils. Cover and chill. Combine with linguine and remaining ingredients. Chill several hours to blend flavors.

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion

Sodexo aims to reduce carbon emissions by 34% at its foodservice and facilities management sites by 2025, a goal it says it will reach through such changes as converting cooking oil into biodiesel fuel and using energy-efficient HVAC systems.

In announcing this endeavor toward sustainability, Sodexo—which manages more than 32,000 sites globally—noted that over 7,200 of its sites in North America recycle aluminum and paper, and 8,640 recycle cardboard.

Ideas and Innovation
sushi plate

We wanted to add sushi, but that’s not really my expertise. So we found a great local company that offered to put three sushi chefs on-site every day. They supply the ingredients, and if we meet the minimum revenue each week, than we receive a percentage of sales. We have been exceeding the weekly minimum sales, which we track in our POS, in two days.

Managing Your Business
coffee barista

Whether it’s a morning routine, an afternoon pick-me-up or an evening social ritual, few things are as universally appealing as coffee. Sixty-five percent of respondents in Technomic’s 2016 Beverage Consumer Trend Report say they ordered a cup of hot joe from a foodservice location in the past month, and 59% say the same about cold coffee. Everyone has an opinion about what makes it good, whether it’s a low price, a unique blend or a friendly barista.

“Coffee is so personal. There are a lot of people that are Dunkin’ fans. There’s a lot of Starbucks people,” says James Dravenack,...

Ideas and Innovation
star wars storm trooper

My favorite event—because I’m kind of dorky—is our “May the fourth be with you” (aka “Star Wars”) day on May 4. The whole dining team dresses up, and we offer things like Chewbaklava, Boba Fettuccine and BB-8 Buckeyes. We had a guest cry because they got to take a picture with Chewy.

FSD Resources