Start with noodles.
Green Onions aka: Spring Onions & Carrots,
Slice the onions diagnally on the bias, peel and sliver the carrots into matchstick sized slivers. These days many supermarkets sell slivered carrots in poly bags, feel free to use these as well to save you some time
Cucumbers are a must in this salad. I prefer to use Persian or Japanese cucumbers. Feel free to use your favorite seedless cucumbers.
If using larger cucumbers, remove the seeds and cut into thin slices. Optionally you can sliver the cucumbers into matchstick sized pieces
Feel free to use the green tops of the onions only, especially if you think the white parts will be too strong. If you use the white bottom parts, slice them paper thin to keep them mild.
Ripe avocados provide a richness and creamy element. Cut the avocado into cubes use as many as you want.
Shiitake Ginger Sesame Vinaigrette
2 dried shiitake mushrooms (re-hydrated) or 4 Fresh shiitake mushrooms finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds (toasted) you can buy toasted or it's easy to toast your own
1 cup grape seed or non-GMO canola oil ( I prefer grape seed, FYI-EVOO will provide a different taste but you can use it if you don't have grape seed or canola oil)
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar or seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari soy sauce
2 teaspoons ponzu sauce
3 tablespoons reserved mushroom soaking water (obviously omit if using fresh mushrooms)
1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons of fresh grated ginger with juice ( do not used dried ginger)
Combine all ingredients except the sesame seeds, (we'll add them later) and put them into a blender and blend until smooth. Once smooth add the toasted sesame seeds and pulse until blended, don't over mix the sesame seeds, you want some whole sesame seeds left in the dressing. The dressing will keep in a jar in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
You can also purchase a commercially available dressing. Drew's Organics and Annie's Naturals have organic bottled dressings that work just fine if you don't want to make your own.