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
- 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
- Agave syrup
- Peanut butter
- Lime juice
- Sesame oil
- 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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Sesame Soba Noodle Salad
- Spiralizer (Optional)
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
- Sesame Seeds
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.
- 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!
- 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.