This Asian-style noodle salad is made with nutty soba noodles and rainbow of vegetables. Bursting with Asian flavors, this light, flavorful and healthy side dish is a perfect addition to any BBQ dish!
Refreshing fresh salads, rainbow of fruits and a glass of ice-cold homemade lemonade is an epitome of summer menu. Well, with occasional grilled meats, of course!
I crave light and colorful food on blazing hot days. You too?
Yeah, summer meals are all about vibrant colors and fresh flavors! And I have an irresistibly colorful cold noodle salad for you to add to your summer menu!
It’s basically SUMMER IN A BOWL!!
This Asian-style noodles salad is a celebration of flavors, textures and colors! Perfect for BBQ, lunch, or even as a light dinner.
WHAT IS SOBA NOODLES?
Soba noodles (soba means buckwheat in Japanese), are naturally gluten-free noodles made of buckwheat flour. While it’s called buckwheat, it has no actual relation to wheat.
Buckwheat is rich in nutrients and minerals and will make a healthy addition to your diet. I grew up eating toasted buckwheat groats (kasha), and a few years ago, I tried cold buckwheat noodles while in transit in Japan. I remember it was so light and refreshing! And since then I’ve been obsessed with soba noodles.
100% buckwheat noodles are naturally gluten-free, but I’ve heard that some buckwheat noodles do contain wheat flour. So, just read the labels carefully, if you follow gluten-free diet.
Buckwheat noodles are delicious with nutty, earthy (not dirt-like) flavor.
My husband, who totally loathes buckwheat groats, loves these noodles! Don’t let the weird greyish color turn you off, they’re incredibly flavorful and healthy alternative to regular spaghetti. Grab a packet next time you’re in Asian market, or you can also get it online. (I buy mine on amazon.)
HOW TO COOK SOBA NOODLES:
Buckwheat noodles cook really quick, and overcooked ones are mushy and unappetizing. That’s why it’s important to carefully adhere to cook time and rinse them in cold water right away.
- Drop soba noodles into a salted boiling water and cook for 5 minutes.
- Immediately drain and rinse under cold water.
That’s it! It’s that simple!
HOW TO MAKE ASIAN NOODLE SALAD:
Once the noodles are cooked, it’s really easy to throw the noodle salad together.
- Step 1. Slice all the vegetables into thin matchsticks. I like them all nice and thin. Gather everything in a large bowl.
- Step 2. In a 2-cup measuring cup, combine all the sauce ingredients and thoroughly mix.
- Step 3. Toss cooked noodles, vegetables and sauce together and serve. If not serving right away, refrigerate.
MAKE-AHEAD TIP: You can slice the vegetables and prepare the sauce a day in advance. I suggest to cook the noodles the day you plan on serving it. You can mix the salad a few hours in advance though.
You’ll enjoy all the textures and flavors in this Asian noodle salad.
- Crisp bites of bell peppers and purple cabbage
- Soft nutty soba noodles
- Hints of fresh cilantro
- And nutty sesame oil is just an icing!!
Please, add this beautiful salad to your summer menu! You’ll love it!!!
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Asian Noodle Salad
- 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
- 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
- ½ cup shredded carrots
- ½ cup shredded zucchini
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves roughly chopped
- 3 green onions sliced
- 8 oz soba noodles
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoon raw honey
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons Sriracha optional
- Prepare the vegetables up to 1 day in advance.
- To cook soba noodles, bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Add noodles and cook for 5-6 minutes. Immediately drain and rinse under cold water to prevent overcooking.
- To prepare the sauce, while noodles are cooking, in a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, and sriracha, if using.
- To make the salad, in a large bowl, toss all the vegetables until well combined. Then toss it with buckwheat noodles and the dressing. Serve right away, or refrigerate.
Tips & Notes:
This recipe was originally published on June 18, 2014, and last updated on June 22, 2020.