Cold Soba Noodle Salad

Laurel Randolph
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Summer is here and the heat is on! And that means no one wants to crank up their oven or turn on their stove if they can help it. Luckily, this cool and crunchy soba noodle salad requires minimal heat (just enough to cook the delicate noodles) and packs lots of flavor.

Fresh cucumber, crunchy carrots, bright bell pepper, zesty radishes and spring onions add brightness and texture to the chewy buckwheat noodles. The sauce is a refreshing combination of flavors: sour lime juice and vinegar, sweet honey, spicy ginger and chili sauce, and nutty sesame oil. It's perfect for a summer lunch and travels well if you're eating al fresco. Eat this dish on its own or pair it with tender grilled fish.

What You'll Need

  • 8 oz dried soba noodles
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chili sauce (like Korean chili sauce or Sriracha)
  • Dash salt and pepper
  • 4 small Persian cucumbers (thinly sliced)
  • 2 medium carrots (cut into matchsticks or coarsely grated)
  • 1 small red or yellow bell pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 6 small radishes (thinly sliced)
  • 4 spring onions (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons packed fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

How to Make It

  1. Cook the soba noodles according to the package directions. Rinse with cold water and drain well. Set aside.
  2. Make the dressing. Combine the oil, lime juice, ginger, vinegar, sesame oil, honey, and chili sauce in a small mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper and mix well until combined.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the soba noodles, cucumber, carrot, bell pepper, radish, spring onion, and cilantro. Add the dressing and toss well to combine. Taste for seasoning.
  1. Top with sesame seeds and serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to one day. Toss again before serving.