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Bowls of sesame noodles with cucumber and mango salad.
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Cold Sesame Noodles with Shaved Cucumber and Mango Salad

Cold sesame noodles are tossed with a shaved cucumber and mango salad for a crisp and cool summer dinner option.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese, Vegetarian
Keyword Cucumber, Mango, Soba, vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Dana Sandonato

Ingredients

Cold Sesame Noodles.

  • 4 oz dry soba noodles
  • 2 TBSP sesame oil
  • 3 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp sambal oelek
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated or minced
  • 1 TBSP grated or minced ginger

Cucumber Mango Salad.

  • 4 Kirby cucumbers, shaved into ribbons (use a potato peeler and shave vertically until you reach the seeds. When you reach the seeds, stop and continue onto the other sides of the cucumber.) *See notes
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 3 TBSP thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 TBSP freshly chopped parsly
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 TBSP sesame seeds

Garnish.

  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • Extra sesame seeds (optional)
  • Extra scallions (optional)

Instructions

Cold Sesame Noodles.

  • Cook soba noodles as per the directions on the package. When done, drain and rinse under cool water until the noodles have cooled down. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, sambal oelek, minced garlic, and minced ginger. Taste, and adjust heat to your preference by adding more sambal oelek if needed. Set aside.

Cucumber Mango Salad.

  • Place the shaved cucumber, mango matchsticks, and sliced scallions in a large bowl.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, rice vinegar, freshly chopped parsley, salt, and sesame seeds. Drizzle this mixture over the cucumber, mango, and scallions. Toss to evenly coat and set aside.

Assembly.

  • Place the soba noodles in a large bowl and drizzle them with the soy and sambal oelek mixture. Toss to coat. Divide the noodles into serving bowls, top each bowl with the shaved cucumber and mango salad, and garnish with chopped peanuts. Sprinkle some extra sesame seeds and scallions on there if desired!

Notes

Kirby cucumbers are the ideal size to shave for this salad. If you can't find them, go ahead and use one large cucumber.