Soba Salad with Miso Dressing

This might look like just another salad, but it was so good that I had to snap a quick photo and write down the recipe. Soba noodles are probably my favorite kind – they are so slurpy and readily absorb all the flavors in a sauce. I’m pretty sure I’ll be coming back to this recipe over and over again, with minor adjustments according to the contents of our pantry!

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I just used whatever veggies there were to be found in our fridge, and luckily the red bell pepper and edamame beans went really well together both in texture and flavor. Ginger juice can be easily extracted by first grating some fresh ginger and then squeezing it so that the juices ooze out. The amount in this recipe is an estimate since I didn’t measure, but I used what I got from a small piece of ginger.

This is what I had (for 1 large lunch portion):

  • 1 bundle or 50 g soba (Japanese buckwheat) noodles
  • 2 dl frozen edamame (fresh soy beans)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 10 Roman lettuce leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shiro miso
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger juice

First I cooked some water and poured it over the frozen edamame to defreeze them. Then I heated a large pot of water until boiling, added the noodles and the drained edamame, and cooked for 6 minutes. Meanwhile, I chopped the veggies and placed them in a bowl, and mixed together the sauce ingredients (miso through ginger). When the noodles and beans were cooked, I drained them and rinsed under cold water, drained again, and added to the bowl. I dressed with the sauce and tossed everything together, and my 15-minute-lunch was ready to be served.

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A bundle of soba noodles.

14 Comments

  1. Posted March 19, 2009 at 21:18 | Permalink

    Oh, it looks so delicious! And beautiful with the fresh edamame beans. We love soba noodles too and use them a lot.

  2. Posted March 19, 2009 at 22:19 | Permalink

    Ihanalta kuulostava salaatti! Minäkin rakastan sobanuudeleita,nam…

  3. Posted March 19, 2009 at 22:20 | Permalink

    Yum!! This looks amazing!

  4. Posted March 20, 2009 at 00:48 | Permalink

    What a gorgeous salad! And the dressing does sound good. I love soba noodles–must bookmark this so I can try it as well! :)

  5. Posted March 20, 2009 at 04:20 | Permalink

    Ginger juice is such an awesome ingredient. It’s one of those things that leaves people wondering what that mysterious flavor is. Sounds like a fresh and tasty lunch :)

  6. Okriina
    Posted March 20, 2009 at 21:25 | Permalink

    What a nice salad! Love asian fast food.

  7. Posted March 22, 2009 at 02:47 | Permalink

    Looks great!

  8. Posted March 22, 2009 at 11:49 | Permalink

    Ginger juice, what a great idea! Never thought of that before, I must absolutely try it… and thanks Heikki for your compliment on my new blog, I have of course been greatly inspired by you two!

  9. Posted March 22, 2009 at 20:44 | Permalink

    Mmm, I love Soba & Miso!

  10. Posted March 22, 2009 at 21:09 | Permalink

    I agree with you soooooba much! The soba noodle is the BEST noodle in the world.
    I love your salad – looks amazing.

  11. Posted March 23, 2009 at 13:12 | Permalink

    ooo i really like soba noodles too, and i love the flavour combinations in japanese dressings.

  12. Posted March 24, 2009 at 14:00 | Permalink

    This is so beautiful! I like the way how soba noodles are packed. They always look so tidy.

  13. Posted March 25, 2009 at 06:39 | Permalink

    I absolutely adore all the components of this salad- soba noodles are so versatile! your dressing sounds delicious, too!

  14. Posted January 24, 2012 at 20:52 | Permalink

    I adore soba noodles in salads, in soups and separately. But my guy hate soba noodles. It’s a pitty!

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