1/2English hothouse cucumber, very thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
1/2cuplightly packed fresh mint leaves
1/2cuplightly packed fresh basil leaves, torn if large
1/2cuplightly packed fresh cilantro leaves
1/3cupthinly sliced shallots
1red jalapeño chile with seeds, sliced into thin rings
2tablespoonschopped toasted peanuts
1lime, cut into 6 wedges
*Available in the Asian foods section of most supermarkets and at Asian markets.
**Clear dried noodles (also known as cellophane or transparent noodles); available in the Asian foods section of some supermarkets and at Asian markets.
Whisk first 5 ingredients in large bowl to blend. DO AHEADDressing can be prepared 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.
Place noodles in another large bowl. Cover with boiling water. Let stand until softened, about 4 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool; drain well. Insert scissors into noodles; cut several times. Transfer to bowl with dressing.
Add tomatoes and all remaining ingredients, except peanuts and lime wedges, to noodles; toss to coat.
Divide among 6 plates. Sprinkle with peanuts; garnish with lime wedges.
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