On July 4th, one of my relatives brought a tasty Asian-inspired salad with noodles. A couple days later it occurred to me that the noodles were probably soba noodles, which I’ve seen in Asian dishes around the web. Soba noodles, I learned, are made of buckwheat flour and wheat flour. They contain all eight essential amino acids, along with antioxidants and other nutrients (source). As a long-time fan of using whole wheat pasta in Italian dishes, I was sold on the idea of Asian whole wheat noodles. I found some for about two dollars at a local gourmet store.
I was torn between this recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen and the peanut soba noodle bowls on Eat, Live, Run. Aggie’s won because it called for shelled edamame instead of tofu, which meant less cooking for me. In this 100+ degree heat, the most I can do is boil water for pasta or quinoa.
I upped the amount of vegetables in Aggie’s recipe and added extra cilantro, because I love the stuff. Intrigued by Eat, Live, Run‘s idea of adding peanut butter to the noodles, I tried it with leftovers—and woah. It’s incredible. No matter how you eat this salad—cold, reheated, or warm with a dollop of peanut butter—you’re going to love it.
- 8 ounces soba noodles or spaghetti noodles of choice
- ½ cup reduced sodium tamari (or soy sauce, just be sure it's reduced sodium or it will taste too salty)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons quality peanut oil, olive oil or vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 bunch green onions, chopped (I used half a bag)
- ¾ cup chopped cilantro
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
- ¼ head of red cabbage, thinly sliced
- 3 whole carrots, shredded with vegetable peeler
- 2 cups shelled edamame, steamed
- ½ cup toasted sesame seeds
- one lime, juiced
- 1 jalapeño, finely chopped
- peanut butter!
- Cook soba noodles according to directions, and rinse in a colander.
- Chop up all your vegetables, and toss into a bowl with the soba noodles.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the tamari, sesame oil, canola oil, rice wine vinegar and red pepper flakes.
- Pour the dressing into the pasta and veggies and toss well to combine. Enjoy!