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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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!