Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cold Soba Salad

I'm a big fan of soba noodles. When I was on an exclusively gluten-free diet for several years, these buckwheat beauties opened the door to many new culinary options. Lately, I've been loving them in cold dishes and salads, where their nutty flavor really stands out. Here's a recipe that I've been making for lunch the past few days; feel free to substitute your own veggies or protein, depending on what is on hand.

The beauty of this recipe is that once you adjust the dressing to your liking, you can really do anything you'd like with the other ingredients. Sometimes I like to add lime juice and make the dressing more acidic, whereas other days a more nutty sesame-heavy dressing pairs well with the ingredients I'm using. I've tossed in some leftover roast chicken, and sometimes I like a soft boiled egg on top. Shrimp is a great addition, too - leave me a comment if you give this recipe a try!

Salad Ingredients:
Soba Noodles - 1 bundle (these often come packaged in 3-4 "bundles")
Spring Onions -2 *save 1/3 for garnish*
Bell Pepper, diced
Cucumber, sliced into matchsticks
Soft Boiled Egg *Optional - substitute your own protein, like tofu or chicken or shrimp*

Dressing Ingredients: *adjust these to your liking*
Sesame Oil
Soy Sauce
Rice Vinegar
Sriracha (or any other Asian hot sauce) *use this for garnish on top as well*
Spring Onion - 2 stalks

-Boil water, then add soba noodles and stir to avoid sticking.
-While noodles are cooking (takes about 5-7 minutes), mix dressing ingredients together. Adjust flavors until you are happy with the outcome; you will need about 1/3 cup of liquid (start with small quantities!)
-Once noodles are fully cooked (either follow instructions on package, or taste them to determine done-ness), drain and rinse in cold water.
-Return cold cooked noodles to the pan, adding the vegetables and dressing.
-If you are adding a protein that can be mixed in, add that now as well. Toss together gently and pour into a bowl or onto a plate.
-Top with an egg (optional), and garnish with spring onion and a little more hot sauce.


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