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Soba noodle & snow pea salad February 28, 2012

Filed under: Recipes — Vivid Greens @ 9:01 pm

This was such an easy and great tasting cold salad.  I made it on Friday and had it for lunch several days in a row without getting bored.  So many bright flavors and lots of vinegar to keep your tastebuds happy.  

Dressing ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 garlic clove minced or pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Other ingredients:

  • 6 oz of snow peas
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces of soba noodles
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 4 scallions cut thinly
  • 1 medium carrot shredded
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds

Wow.  So that is a pretty long list of ingredients for a salad – but I promise that it all goes together easily and with out stress.  I took the basic recipe out of Fast and Fresh Vegetarian by Marie Simmons.  The main difference being that she suggested sesame seeds instead of the almonds I subbed in.  I’m sure either would be good, but I really enjoyed the crunch of the almonds.


Bring a pot of water to boil.  While you are waiting, mix up all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.  Once you get a good rolling boil add the snow peas and salt to your pot.  After about a minute use a slotted spoon to remove the snow peas and put them in a bowl of ice.

Next, add your soba noodles to that same pot of boiling water.  Cook until tender – about 5 minutes.  Then drain the noodles, rinse with cold water, and toss with the toasted sesame oil in a large bowl.  Next add all the other ingredients, including the dressing.  I broke out my food processor for the carrot shredding and almond grinding.  As always, I was impressed and how quickly and efficiently it did the job.  Mix the salad well and place the fridge to chill.

To give it a little more of a protein punch, I chose to lightly pan fry some tofu with a little soy sauce, and I thew that in as well.  This was a great little salad, lots of flavor, good crunch and fun ingredients.  I highly recommend!


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