a plate of food with noodles and vegetables on a table
Rachel Khoo

Summer noodle salad with spicy honey pickles

  • 20 mins to prep
  • 10 mins to cook
  • Serves 4
This recipe uses:Dark & Rich HoneyWhere to buy
a bottle of rowse dark and rich honey


This recipe combines the vibrant flavours of fresh ingredients with the tantalising kick of spicy honey pickles which are a perfect balance of tangy vinegar and Rowse dark and rich honey, infused with the aromatics of garlic, ginger, and chilies. These pickles add a burst of flavour and a touch of heat to every bite.

Tender rice noodles, crisp crunchy veg and smoked mackerel (replace with tofu for vegetarian version). Topped with toasted sesame seeds and thinly sliced spring onions. This dish is perfect for summer entertaining or a delicious way to spice up your packed lunch.

Rachel Khoo, chef, in a flamingo shirt is holding a plate of food
Recipe by:Rachel Khoo
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For the pickles

  1. 1

    Use a julienne peeler (or a regular peeler) to peel the cucumber and carrot into long, thin strips. Add to a heatproof bowl with the shallot.

  2. 2

    In a small pot, heat the vinegar with the water, ginger, garlic, chillies, honey and salt until gently steaming. Pour this over the vegetables in the bowl, use tongs to toss together, and then set aside to infuse and cool down.

For the salad

  1. 1

    Place the rice noodles and mangetout into a deep baking dish or in a pot. Boil the kettle and pour the boiling water to cover. Let this sit for 8-10 minutes (or however long the packet tells you) so the noodles can soften, then drain, rinse with cold water and toss in a large bowl with the sesame oil to prevent sticking.

  2. 2

    Add all of the pickles and a generous glug of their brine to the noodles and mix to combine.

  3. 3

    Toast the sesame seeds in a small frying pan, stirring occasionally, until golden and fragrant.

  4. 4

    Dish up the noodles and top with the flaked smoked mackerel, toasted sesame seeds and spring onions.

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