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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Soba Noodle Salad with Sweet Ginger Scallion Sauce

Delicious.
This is a very flavorful and healthy dish; it's even gluten free.  It is an easy dish to make too.  This meal is all about the sauce.  This sauce is full of flavor - sweet from the honey, gingery, salty, and spicy.  It has it all!  If you don't like spicy, I would cut out or cut down on the chili oil.  This sauce isn't crazy spicy, but it does have a good kick to it.  I recommend making the sauce first and setting it aside so all the flavors can meld together.  This sauce is adapted from David Chang's Momofuku cookbook.  You can add whatever vegetables you want to the soba noodles.  I chose to add cherry tomatoes, edamame, and mushrooms.  This would also be good with broccoli and tofu or chicken if you want to make it a meaty meal.

Ingredients:

Ingredients.
1 packet soba noodles (about 9 oz)
1 1/2 cups edamame
2 cups cherry tomatoes
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Sauce:
1 1/2 cups finely chopped scallions
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 1/2 tablespoons minced ginger
2 1/2 tablespoons sesame or grape seed oil (I used grape seed)
1 1/2 teaspoons chili oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce (I used low sodium)
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon black pepper

1.  Mix the ingredients from the chopped scallions through to the black pepper in a medium bowl.  Whisk together until blended.  (It helps to add all the liquid ingredients and whisk those together before you add the scallions and cilantro.)  Set aside for at least 15 minutes, but the longer the better!

The delicious, delicious sauce.
2.  Saute the mushrooms (or whatever vegetables you are adding to your salad) with the garlic and lime juice.

Mushrooms, Garlic, and Lime.
3.  When the mushrooms are cooked, put them in a large bowl with whatever other veggies you will be mixing into the noodles.

Veggies.
4.  Make the soba noodles.  When the noodles are cooked, drain and rinse them with cold water and then add them to the bowl with the veggies.

Soba Noodles and Veggies.
5.  Pour the sauce onto the noodles and veggies and mix to combine.

Pouring the Sauce. 
Sauce ready to be mixed in.
6.  Top the mixed salad with sesame seeds.  Enjoy!  Serves about 4 as a main dish, 8 as a side dish.

Yum.
Close-up.
Recipe adapted from Simply Reem.

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