Soba Noodle Salad w/ Ginger Sesame Sauce

Serves: 6

Mix things up with a cold noodle salad heavy with seasonal vegetables! A tasty and simple recipe with a very short prep time.

Ingredients

12oz soba noodles*

1 1/2 frozen, shelled edamame, heated in boiling water

2 cups sugar snap or snow peas, sliced

3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips (julienned)

1 cup radish, thinly sliced

1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro, leaves picked and roughly chopped

1/2 cup green onion, sliced

2 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)

2 limes, juiced (or 1/4 cup, plus more to taste)

5 tbsp soy sauce (low sodium preferred)

2 tbsp honey

3 tbsp ginger, minced or grated

3 tbsp sesame oil

Chili paste, such as sambal oelek or sriracha, to taste

Other Ingredients You Can Add

Sliced green beans

Red bell pepper

Cucumber

Thai basil

Mint

Peanuts

Sliced chicken

Make It

  1. Bring two large pots of water to boil, one for the soba noodles and one for the edamame
  2. While you're waiting for the water to heat, prepare the vegetables for your salad by slicing, chopping, and peeling the peas, carrots, radish, cilantro, green onion and any extra items as listed above. Place all the vegetables in a large bowl that will fit all of the vegetables along with the soba noodles (when they're cooked)
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the lime juice, soy sauce, honey, ginger, sesame oil, and chili paste (if using)
  4. When the water comes to a rolling boil, put the soba noodles in and cook as directed on the back of the noodle package. When they have cooked the required amount of time, drain them and run them under cold water to prevent sticking. Put the noodles in the bowl with the vegetables
  5. Put edamame in the second pot of boiling water, heat for 2-3 minutes, then drain. Put the drained edamame in the bowl with the vegetables
  6. Pour your prepared dressing onto the salad and toss together. Taste and add more soy sauce or chili paste as needed

Notes

*If you can't find soba noodles, which are made from buckwheat flour, you can substitute whole wheat spaghetti or rice noodles (which are gluten free)

This salad can be made with whatever fresh vegetables you have available. Other good additions are sliced green beans and red bell pepper. You can also add cooked chicken, tofu, or peanuts for added protein.

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