I think my favourite salad may just be one with lots of noodles. Slurping up saucy noodles is just so incredibly satisfying, right? Adding crunchy veg, and a delicious spicy peanut sauce takes it up a whole new level. So that's exactly what I did when I made these soba noodles with peanut sauce. It's got so much kick from garlic to the spicy taste of sriracha that I think I could put this sauce on anything. Plus, it's the perfect cold soba noodle salad to take with you wherever you go.
Pasta salads and noodle salads are the only way to go when you want a delicious leftover cold salad the next day. And I'm happy to say this holds up and tastes just as amazing the day after. And the celery and napa cabbage pair so well with the peanut sauce. Feel free to add any protein to it to make it a fuller meal, crispy or baked tofu would be great, or edamame. Or if you want animal protein, grilled chicken, or shrimp would also be great. Make it your own!
I've kept the ingredients on the lower end to keep these soba noodles with peanut sauce quick and easy to throw together. Here's what you'll need.
Soba noodles: soba noodles are a thin Japanese noodle made of buckwheat, which is a naturally gluten-free pseudo grain. However, many soba noodles are mixed with wheat flour to keep it from falling apart. You can read more about buckwheat here on Bon Appétit. Soba noodles are also higher in protein and fibre than other noodles which is another reason I love using them.
This is the brand of soba noodles I use.
Napa Cabbage: Napa cabbage is a type of Chinese cabbage and is more leafy than regular green cabbage which is tightly wrapped. I like the texture of it better for salads like this, but if you can't find it, feel free to use another type of cabbage.
Celery: celery was a clear choice to use here because of how well it pairs with peanut butter. Plus, the crunch it provides and the water content make it an ideal choice in this soba noodle salad.
Cilantro: I also love how cilantro pairs with peanuts, so this was a no-brainer for me. If you hate cilantro, try another herb instead, I think mint would also be great in here.
Peanuts: extra roasted and chopped peanuts provide flavour and crunch.
Peanut Butter: you can't have a peanut sauce without peanut butter. I use natural peanut butter for this sauce.
I like this brand of peanut butter.
Tamari: tamari or soy sauce is great at providing that salty flavour to the sauce.
I like this brand of tamari.
Lime Juice: for acidity and brightness, fresh lime juice is key. I also like squeezing more lime juice on top of the soba noodle salad before eating.
Rice Vinegar: for acidity and to round out the flavours.
Honey/Maple syrup: to add a touch of sweetness, you can use honey (my preference) or maple syrup if you're keeping it vegan.
Garlic: one garlic clove minced adds some more flavour to this sauce and really kicks it up a notch.
Sriracha: for some real kick and spice, I love adding sriracha. If you don't want any spice, just omit it. Play around with an amount that feels good to you.
These soba noodles with peanut sauce are so easy to make, you can throw it together in about 20 minutes total. Here's how to make it in five easy steps.
1. First, make the peanut sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients and set this aside.
2. Next, you'll want to cook the soba noodles. Follow the directions on the package. I personally use this brand of soba noodles and love how they cook. Rinse the noodles under cold water after to stop the cooking and help with any stickiness. Once you've done that, set them aside.
3. Now, you'll want to chop your veggies. Slice the celery on the bias and chop the cabbage into thin strips. Roughly chop the cilantro and peanuts.
4. Place the soba noodles in a large bowl and add the veggies in.
5. Pour in the peanut sauce and use tongs to give everything a good toss. Add in the chopped cilantro and peanuts and toss gently.
Keep the peanut soba noodles in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
When you're ready to eat, add some more lime juice to it to loosen it if it feels very thick. If you have any leftover sauce, keep it separate and add to the soba noodles when you're ready to eat.
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An easy, under 30 minute soba noodle salad with peanut sauce, celery and cabbage. Crunchy, spicy and so delicious!
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