Sesame Soba Noodle Salad | Vegan + Gluten-free

Sesame Soba Noodle Salad with Spring Onions on the side

This delicious Sesame Soba Noodle Salad is a quick and easy summer meal and perfect for when you are looking for a satisfying and wholesome recipe. This Asian inspired Sesame Soba Noodle Salad is vegan and gluten-free and ready in under 20 minutes. Made with juicy cucumbers and refreshing carrots and a creamy peanut sauce this recipe is literally to die for and makes a great lunch or dinner! It is packed with protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates in order to fuel your body the right way.

This Sesame Soba Noodle Salad recipe is..

  • Vegan and vegetarian friendly
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Healthy
  • Nourishing
  • Asian inspired
  • Perfect for hot summer days

What are Soba Noodles?

If you have never tried Soba Noodles you definitely should. They are naturally gluten-free and contain a good amount of fiber and protein making it a great alternative to regular pasta if you want to switch it up from time to time. Soba Noodles have a nutty flavor to it and a slightly earthy taste.

Soba is Japanese and translates as buckwheat. Usually soba noodles are made from a 100% buckwheat. Buckwheat is known for its multiple health benefits including helping control blood sugar, improving heart health and possibly help to prevent cancer.

These days soba noodles are pretty accessible. You will probably be able to find them in your local organic supermarket. If that is not the case for you, you pretty much can find them in any Asian grocery store.

How to make Sesame Soba Noodle Salad?

Making Sesame Soba Noodle Salad is pretty easy and does not require a lot of time or cooking skills.

Here is what you will need:

  • Soba noodles
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Tamari
  • Agave syrup
  • Peanut butter
  • Lime juice
  • Sesame oil
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro
  • Scallions
  • Sesame seeds

I recommend chopping up all your veggies first, then moving on to cooking your pasta. Mince the garlic as well as the ginger, then cut the carrots and cucumber into thin sticks. You can either do that by just using a regular knife or – what I like to do – using a spiralizer. That way, the cucumbers and carrots become a similar shape to the noodles.

After that you can start cooking your soba noodles. Keep in mind that soba noodles have a shorter cooking time than regular pasta, usually around 5 minutes. While your soba noodles are cooking, you can start preparing the peanut sauce. In a small bowl combine the tamari sauce, agave syrup, peanut butter, lime juice and sesame oil. If you like the peanut sauce to be a little bit spicy, you can of course add some crushed chillies or some hot sauce like Sriracha. Also, add in the minced ginger and garlic. Stir everything together until the ingredients are will combined and a creamy sauce forms.

After your noodles have finished cooking, it is time to assemble everything. In a larger bowl, add in the drained soba noodles as well as the prepared cucumber and carrot sticks. Give it a good mix. After that, you can pour the prepared peanut sauce over. Toss well, then top the noodles with cilantro, scallions and some sesame seeds. Serve cold!

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Finally, if you try this Sesame Soba Noodle Salad out yourself, please let me know what you think. Rate this recipe or leave a comment below, I always love to hear your opinion. I would love to see you tag me on Instagram @aboutannella if you recreate this recipe at home. You can also follow me on Pinterest for more inspiration.

Sesame Soba Noodle Salad with Spring Onions on the side
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Sesame Soba Noodle Salad

This Asian inspired Sesame Soba Noodle Salad is vegan and gluten-free and made with juicy cucumbers and refreshing carrots and a creamy peanut sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Gluten-free, Vegan
Keyword Healthy, Noodle Salad, Soba Noodles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 4 servings

Equipment

  • Spiralizer (Optional)

Ingredients

For the Soba Noodle Salad

  • 500 g Soba Noodles
  • 3 medium sized Carrots
  • 3/4 Cucumber

For the Sauce

  • 1 tbsp Minced Ginger
  • 2 Gloves Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Tamari Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Agave Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 Juiced Lime
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil

For Garnishing

  • Scallions
  • Cilantro
  • Sesame Seeds

Instructions

For the Soba Noodle Salad

  • Cut the Carrots and Cucumber into thin sticks. You can either do that by just using a regular knife or using a spiralizer.
  • Cook the Soba Noodles according to the package instructions.

For the Peanut Sauce

  • Mince the Garlic as well as the Ginger.
  • In a small bowl combine the Tamari Sauce, Agave Syrup, Peanut Butter, Lime Juice and Sesame Oil. Add in the minced ginger and garlic. Stir everything together until the ingredients are will combined and a creamy sauce forms.

For Garnishing

  • In a larger bowl, add in the drained Soba Noodles as well as the prepared Cucumber and Carrot sticks. Toss the Peanut Sauce onto it. Give it a good mix.
  • Top the noodles with cilantro, scallions and sesame seeds. Serve cold!

Notes

  • Tamari Sauce can be substituted with Soy Sauce, if you don’t want a gluten-free option.
  • Agave Syrup can be substituted with Maple Syrup or Sugar.

Fresh Summer Pasta Salad

Fresh Summer Pasta Salad with tomatoes and spring onions on the side.

This Fresh Summer Pasta Salad Recipe is quick and easy to prepare and perfect for hot summer days. It also can be made ahead and taken to school, work or uni the next day. This recipe is customizable, absolutely delicious and made out of nourishing ingredients.

When temperatures rise, I am personally always craving some cold dishes like fresh green salads, pasta dishes or healthy bowls. This Fresh Summer Pasta Salad is great for when you want a yummy and healthy meal without putting in too much effort.

This Fresh Summer Pasta Salad is:

  • vegan and vegetarian friendly
  • easy and quick to prepare
  • perfect for meal prep
  • fresh and light
  • great for hot summer days
  • nourishing and wholesome
  • adjustable and versatile
  • ready in about 15 minutes

What ingredients to use for this recipe?

This recipe is made with healthy but pretty basic ingredients. And remember that the ingredients are adjustable! So you can always switch them out for other ingredients that you have on hand or prefer.

Here are the ingredients that I used:

  • Pasta: Of course you will need some pasta. I love using whole wheat pasta, but other pasta recipes will work too. You can use literally anything here from lentil pasta to regular pasta.
  • Olives: I love adding olives to my pasta salads. They provide some healthy fats and are super tasty too!
  • Cucumber: Fresh cucumbers will make every salad pop!
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Love juicy cherry tomatoes.
  • Vegan Feta: This is a total game changer for all my summer salads!
  • Red Onions: They add a little bit of crunch to the pasta salad.
  • Green Onions: For garnishing!
  • Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar: For the dressing!
  • Salt and Pepper: Enhances the flavor.

Ingredients that also work well in here:

  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Chickpeas
  • Fresh Herbs
Fresh Summer Pasta Salad with tomatoes on the side.

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Finally, if you try this Vegan Watermelon Tuna Poke Bowl out yourself, do not forget to rate this recipe and to tag me on Instagram @aboutannella. I am always happy to connect with you and see your beautiful recreations. For more food related content and inspiration make sure to follow my Pinterest account. Other than that, happy cooking!

Fresh Summer Pasta Salad with tomatoes and olives on the side.
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Fresh Summer Pasta Salad

This Fresh Summer Pasta Salad Recipe is perfect for hot summer days. This recipe is customizable, delicious and made out of nourishing ingredients.
Course Salad
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword Healthy, Pasta salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 4 servings

Ingredients

For the Pasta Salad

  • 500 g Pasta
  • 1 medium sized Red Onion
  • 1/2 cup Olives
  • 1/2 cup Cucumber
  • 1 handful Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 cube Vegan Feta Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Green Onions (For Garnishing)

For the Dressing

  • 5 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper

Instructions

For the Pasta Salad

  • First, cook the Pasta according to the instructions.
  • Next, dice up the Red Onion. Slice the Olives, Cucumber and Cherry Tomatoes. Chop the Vegan Feta Cheese into cubes. Cut the Green Onion into rings.
  • Toss the Red Onion, Olives, Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes and Vegan Feta Cheese into a bowl.
  • When the Pasta has finished cooking, drain it with ice cold water. Then put it in the bowl with the other ingredients.

For the Dressing

  • In a separate bowl, pour in the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and mix in the salt and pepper. Mix until everything is well incorporated.
  • Pour the dressing over the pasta salad. Stir to combine. Garnish with Spring Onions.
  • Refrigerate the pasta salad at least one hour before serving it. Leftovers in a sealed container will keep in the fridge for about 4 days.