Peanut Soba Noodle Salad

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Author Notes: This one-bowl meal begs to be eaten outside. Soba noodles get bathed in a peanut sauce and then tossed with scallions, mint, spinach, and peanuts. The salad can be made in advance and also travels well, whether you’re headed to the park, to a mountaintop, or just to your own backyard. Nicki

Food52 Review: This is a great picnic dish. There's a bit too much dressing on the salad for my tastes and I wish it were a little bit spicier, so add the the first incrementally, and feel free to adjust the second to your tastesIt sits well and all the flavors complement each other. The tea is a thoughtful addition and I'm excited to play with it as a salad ingredient more. Stephanie Bourgeois

Serves 6 to 8

  • 1 pound soba noodles
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed black tea (regular or decaf)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 lime
  • 2 cups English or Persian cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  1. Cook the soba noodles in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package directions. Be sure to give them a good stir every now and then, especially at the beginning, so that they don’t clump up. Drain, rinse with cold water, and transfer to large bowl. Toss with 1 teaspoon sesame oil.
  2. In the meantime, combine the olive oil, peanut butter, tea, garlic cloves, tamari or soy sauce, mirin, vinegar, honey, red pepper flakes, and juice from 1/4 of the lime in a blender, then blend until smooth. Taste and add additional lime juice if desired. Pour the sauce over the warm noodles and toss to combine. The mixture will look quite soupy at this point, but the noodles will absorb the sauce as they chill. Refrigerate noodles for at least 1 hour, and up to 24 hours.
  3. Layer the scallions, cucumbers, spinach, mint, and peanuts over the noodles. At this point, the salad can be covered again and refrigerated for an additional 4 hours, or it can be tossed together with tongs and served. For a picnic, divide the salad into individual serving containers, pack them in a cooler or backpack, and hit the road!

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3 months ago Food-G

This was everything I dreamed it would be with big peanutty flavor and lots of umami. I went light (about half) on the tea, and only used half of the salad dressing after reading other reviews regarding "soupiness". Also, added cilantro and julienne carrot to the mix, and substituted chard for spinach (just trying to use up produce). Seems like a fun recipe to fiddle with as long as you've made that incredible dressing. This would make a great bring-along for all those summer bbq's. Definitely giving this one a home in my recipe binder. Thanks!


about 1 year ago Blythe Hoerr

This was super delicious! Made it with Braggs Liquid Aminos instead of soy sauce, for the sake of my mother not getting a migraine due to MSG/preservatives. It turned out beautifully, since Braggs tastes extremely similar to soy sauce. This dish will certainly be made again and again!


about 1 year ago Natalie Kronick

I used whole wheat spaghetti instead of Soba as I had run out. But still yummy. I omitted a few ingredients that aren't completely necessary and it's a forgiving recipe.


about 1 year ago HollySasha

Didn't love this - just ok for the work :(


about 1 year ago garlicgirl

I just made this and it was amazing! I couldn't get spinach or scallions so I added shredded carrots and chopped red pepper. My guests asked for the recipe. Thank you!


about 1 year ago Nicki

Thanks garlicgirl!


about 1 year ago Nicki

Thanks QueenSashy! I hope you enjoy!


about 1 year ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

I've been making a lot of peanut soba, but have never tried adding tea. One learns something new every day! I look forward to trying this, sounds delicious...


about 1 year ago Nicki

I hope you enjoy Mandilynn!! It's excellent potluck fare :)


about 1 year ago Mandilynn

I have a work potluck coming up in 2 days. This sounds perfect! I wanted something savory I wouldn't have to worry about keeping warm in a slow cooker and this seems like perfect summer fair. Also, the pot luck is supposed to center on international dishes, so another plus here. Thanks for the great recipie!


about 1 year ago Nicki

2 cups of thinly sliced English or Persian cucumber! So sorry for the omission. I will add it asap.


about 1 year ago Andrew

How much cucumber is used? It's in the directions, but not listed in the ingredients.