Soba Noodle Salad with Ginger Soy Vinaigrette

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When I visited Japan for the first time, I fell in love with soba noodles.

Get your chopsticks ready for a bowl of our colorful and healthy soba noodle salad with ginger soy vinaigrette. We share the recipe: https://foodal.com/recipes/sides/soba-noodle-salad/

These are made with a combination of wheat and buckwheat flour (or sometimes buckwheat on its own, to make them a gluten-free option), and they are light brown in color.

Often eaten as “cha soba,” a special preparation made with fresh green tea leaves, they are served alongside light soy sauce as an appetizer or sometimes even as the main meal.

Uncooked soba noodles for an Asian salad. | Foodal.com

I thought this was delicious, and when I got home, I wanted to make something similar – but a little more interesting.

I decided to add a splash of color and a little more dimension in terms of flavor. To create a more summery dish, I threw in brightly colored vegetables, and added a bit of ginger to the vinaigrette for a more complex taste.

Looking for a healthy salad? Our soba noodle salad is mixed with lots of colorful fresh veggies and a flavorful ginger soy vinaigrette. We share our recipe: https://foodal.com/recipes/sides/soba-noodle-salad/

What I ended up with was a refreshingly bright and light dish that is just what we need during the hotter summer months. The bonus? You can make it in just 30 minutes!

Ready to make it now? I’ll show you how to cook it at home today!

The Recipe

A bowl of colorful soba noodle salad. | Foodal.com
Soba Noodle Salad with Ginger Soy Vinaigrette
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Enjoy this bright, healthy, colorful salad with Asian flavors that is perfect for the warmer days of summer. It can be whipped up in just 30 minutes.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
A bowl of colorful soba noodle salad. | Foodal.com
Soba Noodle Salad with Ginger Soy Vinaigrette
Votes: 4
Rating: 4.75
You: 5
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Enjoy this bright, healthy, colorful salad with Asian flavors that is perfect for the warmer days of summer. It can be whipped up in just 30 minutes.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad:
  • 6 ounces uncooked soba noodles
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 1 medium carrot, julienned
  • 1 cucumber julienned
  • 1/4 cup sliced spring onions green parts only
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • sesame seeds
For the Vinaigrette:
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
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Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the soba noodles according to package instructions. When they are al dente, rinse them in cold water and then drain. Drizzle with oil to prevent them from sticking together.
  2. Make the vinaigrette by combining the soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, grated ginger, and olive oil.
  3. Combine the cooked soba noodles with the carrots, red bell pepper, cabbage, cucumber, and spring onions.
  4. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the noodle and vegetable mixture, and toss to combine. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and garnish with sliced spring onion and fresh parsley leaves.

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
Soba Noodle Salad with Ginger Soy Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving
Calories 643 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 22g
Sodium 1130mg 47%
Potassium 289mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 73g 24%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 4g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 170%
Vitamin C 174%
Calcium 10%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 – Prepare the Ingredients

Measure out the amount of noodles, soy sauce, vinegar, and oil needed.

Gathering all the fresh, healthy ingredients for our soba noodle salad. | Foodal.com

Set out the red bell pepper, red cabbage, cucumber, carrot, spring onions, parsley, and sesame seeds.

Slice the red bell pepper, red cabbage, and spring onions very finely. Next, julienne the cucumber and carrot as thinly as you can – a sharp chef’s knife works well for this but don’t be afraid to break out the mandoline for doubling or tripling of the recipe. Peel the ginger with a vegetable peeler and grate the ginger with a box grater or coarse microplane.

Prepping a colorful array of veggies for a soba noodle salad. | Foodal.com

Step 2 – Cook the Soba

Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Cook the soba noodles according to the package instructions, until they are al dente.

After they are cooked, rinse them with cold tap water to stop them from cooking further.

Cooking soba noodles for a healthy salad. | Foodal.com

Drain through a colander, and then drizzle with a bit of oil and toss, to prevent them from sticking together. Set them aside.

Be careful not to overcook them or they will become mushy.

Step 3 – Make the Vinaigrette

While the noodles are cooking, you can prepare the vinaigrette.

Prepping the ingredients for a ginger soy vinaigrette. | Foodal.com

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, grated ginger, and extra virgin olive oil. Mix well.

Step 4 – Combine and Garnish

Place the noodles and cut vegetables in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle the ginger soy vinaigrette over the top, and toss well.

A display of all the colorful ingredients that get mixed together in our soba noodle salad with ginger soy vinaigrette. | Foodal.com

Sprinkle with sesame seeds and then garnish with the sliced spring onions and fresh parsley leaves.

A Colorful and Refreshing Dish

During the hotter months, we tend to crave light and refreshing meals instead of heavy ones. This dish is the answer.

Colorful and healthy soba noodle salad. | Foodal.com

Colorful, flavorful, and so easy to make, this meal is ready in just 30 minutes! It also makes an excellent side dish to bring to picnics and potlucks, or to serve at your next cookout.

Have you cooked with soba noodles before? Apart from using them in a salad, how do you like eat them?

The flavors (and colors!) of our soba noodle salad with mixed veggies is irresistible! | Foodal.com

Share your cooking ideas in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you.


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When the weather gets warmer, we start to crave healthier and lighter foods – such as this delicious soba noodle salad, drizzled with a delightful ginger and soy sauce vinaigrette. You can make it in just 30 minutes! How amazing is that? Get the recipe now on Foodal.

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*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Felicia Lim

Felicia Lim is a Singaporean who moved to Argentina for love. Based in Buenos Aires, also known as “the Paris of South America,” she fills her days with freelance writing, recipe development, and food photography – three passions that give her endless joy. When she isn’t typing away at her computer, cooking in the kitchen, or shooting in her balcony-studio, you can probably find her curled up on the couch, lost in the pages of a good book.

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