Say hello to my go-to picnic and backyard barbecue dish: sesame-ginger soba noodle salad. Vibrantly flavored, full of crisp vegetables, and best served at room temperature — I'd argue it's actually tastier the second day — this noodle dish is perfectly tailored for outdoor entertaining (and is a standout brown-bag lunch option as well for similar reasons).
Don't be put off by the laundry list of ingredients; many are pantry staples or easy to source — try an Asian grocer or Amazon, or even sub sriracha for the chili oil if your supermarket doesn't stock it — and the actual prep for the salad is breezy, to say the least.
Get the recipe and toss together a heaping bowl of soba noodle salad.
Feel free to sub in your favorite seasonal vegetables; mushrooms, snap peas, and shredded carrots are all excellent options.
1/4 cup neutral oil, such as grapeseed or canola
3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon chili oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1 9-1/2-ounce package soba noodles
1 bunch asparagus, ribboned
2 red bell peppers, roasted and sliced, or 1 cup jarred roasted bell peppers, drained
2 large handfuls mung bean sprouts
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- Whisk together the oils, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, salt, ginger, and garlic in a large mixing bowl.
- Cook the soba noodles according to the instructions on their package, or until tender but not mushy. Drain them and then rinse with cool water or dunk in an ice bath until the noodles are at room temperature. Drain off excess water, and then add the noodles, asparagus, bell peppers, mung bean sprouts, scallions, sesame seeds, and cilantro to the dressing, tossing to coat.
- Serve at room temperature.
Serves 6 to 8.
- Salads, Grains