This recipe is a great for a weeknight dinner because it is uber simple to make and quick... not to mention the leftovers taste even better the next day for lunch! Soba noodles are my favourite for making cold-noodle salads. Did you know they are made from buckwheat, which actually is not a cereal grain, but related to the rhubarb family! They are naturally gluten-free, however, if you are celiac make sure to check the ingredients because some noodles can be a mixture of buckwheat+gluten containing grains such as spelt (look for the certified gluten-free symbol on the box). They are a much healthier alternative to white refined pasta noodles, so next time you go shopping try swapping out those white spaghetti noodles for soba noodles!
Lets start with the peanut dressing, because, in my opinion, it makes the dish.
Peanut Dressing Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup of organic peanut butter (or almond butter if you have a peanut allergy)
- 1/4 cup of tamari
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/4 cup of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 inch. piece of fresh ginger
- Optional: if you like things a little spicy, add desired amount of chilli flakes
Add all ingredients into the food processor and blend until creamy. Pour into a mason jar and store in the fridge while you make the rest.
Soba Noodle Ingredients:
- 1 package of soba noodles (250 grams)
- 1 cup of purple cabbage, thinly sliced (a mandolin works wonders here, just watch your digits)
- 1 cup of bell peppers, thinly sliced
- 1 cup of grated carrot
- 1 handful of microgreens or pea shoots
- Optional: organic edamame beans (vegan/vegetarian) or chicken
- Green Onion
- Sesame Seeds
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and cook the soba noodles until tender according to the box instructions (usually around 6-8 minutes). Strain the noodles in a colander, and rinse well with cold water.
- In the same pot, add the noodles back into it with the creamy peanut dressing and the veggies. Toss well so that the noodles and vegetables are evenly coated. If you would like to add edamame beans or chicken now is the time to toss that in as well!
- Grab a bowl, add your desired garnishes, and start twirling!