Soba salad for hot days

June 9, 2008 at 4:40 am 4 comments

  Soba salad with smoked mackerel.

The first day of the heat wave, I was mostly hiding out in my room with the air conditioner. I wasn’t willing to cook a big meal or even stand in front of the stove for long. Soba noodles are noodles made with buckwheat flour; it has slightly nutty flavor, and is all around healthy. The cooking time is only three minutes in boiling water. In colder weather I love soba in hot broth. In summer, they can be eaten chilled with cold dipping sauce. I like it hot or cold with tororo (grated yam). And of course as a salad one dish light meal.

Soba Salad (for 2)

  • 6oz dried soba (2/3 of most small packages)
  • 4 cups (roughly) baby salad greens
  • 1/2 small onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 scallion (thinly sliced)
  • 3 tbsp dried wakame 
  • smoked fish or leftover meats (optional)
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • ponzu + olive oil or salad dressing or…

soy citrus dressing:

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • juice of 1 lemon or lime
  • few drops of fish sauce (optional)
  • few drops of sesame oil
  • 2 tsp olive (or canola) oil
  • 3-4 tbsp water to dilute

Cook noodles in boiling water for 3mins, drain and rinse under cold water till completely cooled. Set aside and let water continue to drain away. Rehydrate wakame in some hot water, let it sit for 2mins or so, then drain. Toss cold noodles, vegetables, fish, and wakame together with dressing, top with sesame seeds.

To make it completely vegan, leave out any fish/meat or fish sauce. You can add firm tofu or just leave it plain. I didn’t have any at the time, but thinly slice cucumbers would also be great. Wakame adds a really nice ‘sea’ flavor but if you can’t get any, you can also add other seaweeds like finely shredded nori at the end.

-Lina

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. EAT!  |  June 9, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    The salad is just the dinner we need around here for 95+ degree heat. Thanks for the post.

    Reply
  • 2. Lovin from the Oven  |  June 9, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    sounds great without the meats or fish sauce…. definitely going to make this one!

    Reply
  • 3. Tee  |  June 9, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    This looks delicious! I bookmarked the recipe – though I will probably use grilled chicken instead of fish.

    Thanks!

    Reply
  • 4. John P  |  June 29, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Soba in the summer is divine. I think I may make some right now! Its soooo humid today.

    Reply

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