Cucumber Cold Soba Salad

Cucumber Cold Soba Salad // Mono + Co

The hot weather lately is becoming unbearable.  I decided to save myself from the hot kitchen by tossing a salad for lunch.  The only cooking involves boiling the soba, which only takes 4 minutes on the stove if you use an electric kettle to boil the water beforehand.

Cucumber Cold Soba Salad // Mono + Co

I halved the portion and dropped miso and tahini from the original recipe as I wanted a light clear dressing.  Instead of soy sauce, I seasoned the salad with liquid aminos, something I have grown to like with soba.  Rice vinegar provided a nice tangy finish to the dressing, I also added more sesame oil than the original recipe.

Cucumber Cold Soba Salad // Mono + Co Cucumber Cold Soba Salad // Mono + Co Cucumber Cold Soba Salad // Mono + Co


Cucumber Cold Soba Salad

adapted from cookie and kate

1 bunch of soba noodles
1 small japanese cucumber
1 stalk scallions, chopped 
1 stalk cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon liquid aminos
or, light soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

Cook soba according to instructions on the packaging.  Drain and rinse with cold water until the noodles are at room temperature.

To prepare Japanese cucumber, use a vegetable peeler to peel skin, use a knife and julienne the peel into thin strips.  Cube the rest of the cucumber and set these aside.

In a bowl, whisk to mix rice vinegar, grated ginger, liquid aminos, sesame oil and red pepper flakes.  Adjust according to taste.  Mix this dressing to coat the cooked soba noodles in a large bowl. Then toss in cubed cucumber and the julienned peels, chopped scallions and cilantro, and black sesame seeds. Adjust seasoning further to liking.

Serve immediately.

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