Soba or buckwheat noodle is a Japanese staple and can be served both hot or cold. As a child I would often order Zaru Soba (cold buckwheat noodles) whenever my family decided on Japanese for a Friday night out on the town. Zaru Soba, which consists of chilled noodles and a cold dipping sauce is served with just a few toppings on the side—chopped green onion, grated radish and wasabi (spicy horseradish). This was the type of food I liked as a kid, minimal with very few veggies. As an adult I can proudly say that I have successfully overcome my fear of variety, and in fact now believe that the more colorful and diverse the veggies the better!
Today's recipe is an evolution of a childhood favorite. Loaded with a ton of crunchy vegetables and tossed with a light zesty dressing, this recipe is far from your typical pasta salad. It's jam-packed with flavor and the rainbow of bright beautiful colors makes it just as much a feast for your eyes as it is for your taste buds. Enjoy this cold soba salad on a hot summer day for a sweet and tangy, refreshing and vitamin-packed side. I paired it with these Sweet and Savory Soy Ginger Baby Back Pork Ribs, but I can't wait to try it again with a piece of nicely seasoned pan-seared salmon.
- 12 oz buckwheat noodles
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
- ½ cup shredded carrots
- 3 green onions, sliced
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons Sriracha
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Boil the buckwheat noodles according to package directions, for about 6-7 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.
- While the noodles are cooking, prepare the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, sriracha, and sugar until sugar is melted. Slowly stir in olive oil. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, toss all the vegetables until well combined. Then toss it with the buckwheat noodles and salad dressing.
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