When you find yourself craving Asian cuisine, but you don't have the time to roll sushi by hand or go out to eat, go with a marvelously low-maintenance recipe like this Soba Noodle Salad. The dish is fast, the flavors are clean, and the ingredients are lively and fresh. What's not to like?
In a nutshell, soba noodles are the Japanese buckwheat equivalent of spaghetti; they are thin, they are cost-effective, and they can be found everywhere in Asia. However, though they may be prevalent as a casual meal and street food, these noodles actually evolved as an important part of tea ceremonies. In fact, the making of soba noodles is considered a culinary art in Japan.
These noodles can be served hot or cold, usually in a soup broth if hot, and typically with a separate dipping sauce if cold. This Soba Noodle Salad has the distinction to be more of a salad than a soup. This recipe combines cooked edamame, shredded carrot, sliced cherry tomatoes, and juicy mandarin oranges with a quick sesame dressing.
Prepare this dish a day in advance and make these noodles even easier. Enjoy this simple recipe for refreshing Soba Noodle Salad!
- 1 package soba noodles
- 1 cup edamame
- 1 carrot, shredded
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 1 (8-oz) can mandarin orange slices
- 1/2 cup scallions, sliced
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp ginger, minced
- 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
Begin by preparing the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil and peanut butter. Once mixture is combined, stir in the sesame seeds, minced garlic and minced ginger. Set aside until ready to use.
Next, cook the soba noodles according to package instructions. Drain and rinse in cold water.
Transfer the soba noodles to a large bowl. Toss with the sesame dressing. Next, top with the edamame, carrot, cherry tomatoes, mandarin and scallions. Refrigerate until ready to serve, making certain to toss the noodles again to ensure the dressing has been evenly distributed.