Your craving for soba noodles doesn’t always have to mean a trip to your nearest Japanese restaurant, especially when parking or commuting can be a real pain during the rainy season.

The noodles are easy to make and readily available in Japanese groceries, or even the Japanese section of your local grocery.

If you’re wary about cooking with this type of noodle for the first time, here’s a really simple and tasty recipe that is a fun way to pop your soba noodle cherry with. It’s also a dish that is easy to make in large quantities without drastically extending your prep time, so invite some friends over and make your kitchen your next favorite noodle spot.

Soba Noodle Salad

  • Serves: 4 people
  • Active time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS

Sauce

  • ¼ cup sesame oil
  • ¼ cup ponzu
  • 1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • ½ tbsp. sugar
  • ½ tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. white sesame seeds
  • ½ tbsp. ginger, grated

Salad

  • 200g soba noodles, cooked and cooled
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup edamame
  • ½ cup carrots, shredded
  • ½ cup shimeji mushrooms, cut

Garnish

  • ¼ cup nori, shredded

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a bowl, combine sesame oil, ponzu, rice wine vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and grated ginger.
  2. Whisk to combine until sugar is dissolved.
    Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together noodles, green onions, edamame, carrots, and mushrooms.
  4. Add dressing to mixture and toss to coat.
  5. Serve and garnish with shredded nori.


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