Recently, I ordered a Soba noodle salad from one of my favorite Asian restaurants. As usual, I savored every bite, trying to figure out every last ingredient so that I could make my own healthy soba noodle salad at home.
First, however, I had to find soba noodles and gather the ingredients. To my surprise, this noodle salad was not only easy to make, but it also tasted even better than the one I ordered.
What are soba noodles?
The word Soba, in Japanese, means buckwheat. It usually refers to thin noodles made from buckwheat flour or a combination of buckwheat and wheat flour. They contrast to thick wheat noodles, called udon. Served hot or cold, Soba noodle salad is perfect for soup or a cold salad like this Soba noodle salad recipe.
Unlike other rice noodles, soba noodles are brown because of the buckwheat flour used in making the noodles. Also, thin and long, these noodles resemble delicate spaghetti noodles.
Although these noodles are gluten-free, they are also oil-free and made with three simple ingredients:
- Buckwheat flour
- Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
Sometimes, however, other flours are added to the buckwheat in less authentic brands, so make sure you select 100% buckwheat if you are gluten intolerant.
Delicious and nutritious alternative to traditional pasta and other noodles, Soba noodles are a good source of:
Since these noodles are so delicate, they cook in 5 minutes or less!
Once cooked, the noodles are rinsed regardless if you plan to enjoy them in a soup or cold in a salad.
Other ingredients for Soba noodle salad
Of course, I added a lot of vegetables to my soba noodle salad. Although any vegetables can be used, I chose a few of my favorites, which I think go well with the noodles and dressing.
- English cucumber
- Red bell pepper
- Green Onions
- Lime wedges
- Peanuts (optional garnish)
Peanut salad dressing is the star of this Soba noodle salad
As with all great salads, the dressing is always the star. For this particular Soba noodle salad, I chose my Peanut Thai Dressing.
With just a few simple pantry items, you can make this easy dressing all in a high-speed blender.
- Homemade peanut butter, almond butter (or peanut butter of choice), or 4 Tablespoons PBfit Peanut Butter Powder (this is a healthy alternative)
- Lime juice
- Rice vinegar
- Low sodium soy sauce or Tamari
- Pure maple syrup or agave nectar
- Fresh ginger root
- Red pepper flakes (optional)
Then, toss everything together in the dressing and serve in individual bowls. Add a little more cilantro, a squeeze of lime, and, if you dare, some extra peanuts on top.
Next, try not to lick the bowl! If you love quick and easy salads, try this Soba noodle salad. It doesn't disappoint.
Salad doesn't have to be boring; exciting salads await...
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- Chickpea Quinoa Salad - Southwest Style!
- Harvest Salad
- Spaghetti Salad
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂