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Cold Soba Noodle Salad With Spicy Peanut Sauce

I love hitting up the patio to grill. Nothing tastes more summertime than something that’s been given the char treatment — especially when it comes to your fave proteins and veggies. But here in North Carolina, some days are just too damn hot. Too hot to fire up the grill, too hot to heat up the oven, and almost too hot to eat… but we *have* to eat.

For this reason, I think it’s super important to have a few go-to recipes that will cool you down while also being substantial and nourishing for your bod.

This soba noodle salad does just that; this soba noodle salad is LIFE.

Cold Soba Noodle Salad | Killing Thyme

This gem has everything going for it.

As far as flavors and textures go, it’s spicy, nutty, crunchy, crisp, and creamy. The spicy peanut sauce is a dazzling blend of smooth natural peanut butter, punchy sambal oelek, sweet honey, and garlicky goodness. The salad itself brings together a mix of nom-worthy soba noodles, edamame, crisp cucumber and carrots, tangy scallions, and crunchy peanuts.

As if that wasn’t enticing enough, I’m going to go ahead and chalk this up to being a pretty healthy option. Soba noodles, which are buckwheat noodles, are high in protein and soluble fiber; they’re low in fat; they promote cardiovascular health; and they help control blood sugar levels. *fist pump!*

Cold Soba Noodle Salad | Killing Thyme

Cold Soba Noodle Salad | Killing Thyme

This salad makes for a perfect addition to a potluck; it’s also a fab side for your main protein or just on its own. If it’s a real scorcher, my husband and I will just eat a heaping bowl of this for dinner.

A few other cooling dishes to enjoy during the dog days of summer are Zaru Soba, this Zucchini Gazpacho, and this Crunchy Cucumber and Tomato Salad <—(that shiz is fresh AF, friends).

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Cold Soba Noodle Salad With Spicy Peanut Sauce

Too hot to grill or use the stove? These chilled soba noodles are tossed in a spicy peanut sauce along with crisp goodies like cucumber, carrots, radishes, edamame, and crunchy peanuts for a refreshing meal or side that will cool you and nourish you.
Course Entree or Side
Cuisine East and Southeast Asian Influence
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Killing Thyme


  • 16 oz soba noodles
  • 1 sweet bell pepper (orange, yellow, or red) gutted and julienned
  • 1/2 cup julienned radishes
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrots
  • 1 cup julienned cucumber
  • 1/2 TBSP edamame boiled and lightly salted
  • 3-4 TBSP scallions thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley or cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts roughly chopped
  • 1-2 TBSP black sesame seeds

Spicy Peanut Sauce

  • 2 TBSP sesame oil
  • 2 TBSP minced ginger
  • 2 TBSP minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 3 TBSP low sodium Kikkoman soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP natural honey
  • 2 TBSP rice vinegar
  • 2 TBSP sambal oelek more or less, depending on your heat preference
  • 1/4 cup cool water

Garnishes (using extra of the already used ingredients)

  • roughly chopped peanuts
  • thinly sliced scallions
  • edamame
  • black sesame seeds


  • Cook soba noodles as per the instructions on the packaging. When ready, drain and rinse under cool water, tossing with your hands, until the noodles have completely cooled. Drizzle a small splash of sesame oil over them and toss to coat, again with your hands; this keeps them from sticking together. Set in the fridge to cool further.

Spicy Peanut Sauce

  • Place all of the ingredients for the peanut sauce into a blender and blend until smooth. If you find it to be too thick, you can add a bit more water and blend until you reach your preferred consistency. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the cooled soba noodles, bell pepper, radishes, carrots, cucumber, edamame, scallions, parsley, peanuts, and sesame seeds. Give it a quick toss with your hands.
  • Drizzle the spicy peanut sauce over the noodles and, with tongs or salad forks, gently toss and tumble the salad until evenly coated with the sauce.
  • Garnish with extra ingredients on top for a colorful presentation.
    This dish keeps well in the fridge as leftovers for up to a week!
Cold Soba Noodle Salad + Spicy Peanut Sauce | Killing Thyme — This spicy yet cooling noodle salad is full of umami flavors and contrasting textures AKA it's ah-mazing.


  • Cynthia
    October 14, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    I love the way this turned out, but i replaced the Sambel oelek with Siracha and it was mega hot!! Any ideas for lowering the heat for leftovers?

    • Killing Thyme
      October 15, 2020 at 11:07 am

      Hi Cynthia!

      My rules when it comes to lowering heat are to add sweetener, acidity, or nut butters. So you could add some extra peanut butter, honey, and rice vinegar to tone it down. Just give it a good mix and you should be set. I hope that works! Please keep me posted. Sorry it was so spicy!

  • Tammy H
    July 21, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    5 stars
    We quadrupled this recipe for my daughters bridal shower, for 32, on a hot July day. She’s a vegan and we decided to have many vegan salads for all to enjoy. The guests went crazy over this salad. It was served cold. The bowl was empty at the end of the shower and many guests I had not met before thanked me for making this salad. Thank you for this amazingly delicious recipe. It is perfect.

    • Killing Thyme
      July 21, 2019 at 9:21 pm

      Tammy! I’m so glad you had such success with this salad. It’s a favorite of mine and I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately with this ridiculous heat :) Thanks for taking the time to pop in with feedback!

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  • Catering Den Haag
    June 7, 2017 at 4:00 am

    This looks incredible! Yum!

    • Killing Thyme
      June 7, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Thanks so much! It’s definitely easy to eat a lot of it — maybe more than one should in a one sitting ;)

  • Alexandra | Occasionally Eggs
    June 5, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Yum! Hah, noodle salad is life, but I haven’t had it in ages! I used to get my soba fix when I visited my mom but now I have to make it myself – this recipe looks delicious, Dana.

    • Killing Thyme
      June 7, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Thanks, Alex! It’s def one of my faves, and it sounds like you need to get your soba fix soon, girl.

  • Liz Martone
    June 4, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Girl I’m so with you! It is just too darn hot for hot meals right now, so this is perfect for this hot NC weather!

    • Killing Thyme
      June 7, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Liz! Long time! Hope all is well :) And yeah — sad to think it will only get hotter, right? Haha

  • Justine @
    June 3, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Yum, yum, yum! Love everything about this dish, Dana! It’s been crazy hot here too (at least by Alberta standards) and I can’t remember the last time I turned the oven on. I’ve been craving edamame like crazy and love peanut based sauces so I’m totally going to give this a whirl (pinned for reference!). Great recipe!

    Oh, and your Buffalo Tofu is still on heavy rotation around here. Adam asks for it all the time!

    • Killing Thyme
      June 7, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Thanks, Justine! I hope you love this — have a feeling you will :) Keep me posted! I’m so glad you two are still enjoying those Buffalo bites! I haven’t made them in a while. I think that needs to change.

  • Colleen Milne
    June 2, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    This looks and sounds amazing! I love soba noodles cold, and peanut sauce is a favourite. Delicious, as usual :-)

    • Killing Thyme
      June 7, 2017 at 9:28 am

      Thanks, Colleen! I’m with you. Soba noodles are so friggin’ delish any which way, but it’s so nice to be able to enjoy them chilled.

  • Gabby Peyton
    May 31, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I LOVE peanut sauces, I am going to try this recipe asap!

    • Killing Thyme
      May 31, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Awesome! Please do come back with feedback :)


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