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Soba Salad

A Japanese inspired salad using soba (buckwheat noodles)
Course Salad


Salad ingredients

  • 1 pack soba noodles, around 200-300g (can be gf) (I use Hakubaku organic soba noodles)
  • 2 courgettes or 1 cucumber, spiralised
  • 2 large carrots, sliced thinly using a peeler
  • 85 g peas
  • 1 handful edamame (optional)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped thinly (optional)
  • 2 spring onions, chopped thinly (optional)
  • 1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds (black, white or both)


  • 2 tbsp sesame oil (I use Yeo's)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari (gf) (I use Kikkoman's Organic soy)
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar (usually gf) (I use Mizkan rice vinegar)
  • tbsp mirin (usually gf) or white wine vinegar and ¼ tsp sugar (I use Hon Mirin rice wine)


  • Cook the soba noodles according to the packet, then rinse under cold water and leave to cool
  • Cook frozen peas according to the packet, then rinse under cold water and also leave this to cool
  • Spiralise the courgette or if you don't have one, take a vegetable peeler and peel long strips of courgette so it looks like noodles
  • Using a vegetable peeler, peel the carrots and then use the peeler to peel long strips of carrot so it also looks like noodles
  • Slice the red bell pepper and spring onions thinly if using
  • In a pan, dry roast some sesame seeds on low heat if they are not already roasted, then set aside
  • Mix the sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar and mirin together in a bowl to form the dressing
  • Put all your vegetables and noodles together in a large bowl and add the dressing and roasted sesame seeds. Mix well with tongs or your hand.
  • Taste and add more soy sauce if you want a saltier taste. Add more vinegar if you want more sourness. Add more mirin or sugar if you want it sweeter
  • Serve the salad cold


Feel free to use any vegetables you happen to have, as long as it is thinly sliced so it has a similar texture to noodles.
You can make this ahead of time but if you will not be consuming the salad within 24 hours, I suggest separating the dressing and mixing it in just before eating.