Serves a Crowd

Sesame Soba Noodles

September 28, 2010
1 Ratings
  • Serves 4-6
Author Notes

I collaborate often with a colleague who is also a great cook. Whenever she comes to work with me for a day, she brings this delicately seasoned sesame soba noodle "salad" for us to share. My contribution is crisp, sweet, Fuji apples quartered and spread with freshly-ground peanut butter, a heavenly dessert. Green tea completes this simple but deeply satisfying brown bag lunch menu. - AppleAnnie —AppleAnnie

Test Kitchen Notes

What a nice addition to a non-traditional lunch box! This recipe is super easy and healthy. The dressing has a nice balance of flavors. You could make this a more substantial lunch by adding whatever leftover protein you have sitting in the fridge: chicken, beef, veggies, tofu, etc.
Thumbs & chopsticks up! - sticksnscones
—The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds
  • 8 ounces soba noodles
  • 2-3 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 5 teaspoons soy sauce or Tamari sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 -1 cups crisp cut up vegetables (red peppers, snow peas, carrots, steamed green beans, radishes, etc.)
  1. Toast sesame seeds in frying pan until golden.
  2. Cook the noodles according to package instructions, typically 6 to 8 minutes. While the noodles cook, whisk the dressing ingredients (rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey and sesame oil) in a large bowl.
  3. When the noodles are soft, drain and rinse under cold water. Transfer the cooled noodles into the bowl with the dressing. Mix well and add the toasted sesame seeds. Refrigerate over night, the noodles will absorb the dressing.
  4. When packing lunch, fill a lidded container 2/3 full with the noodles, and top off with the fresh vegetables. Alternately pack the vegetables separately and add to the noodles at lunchtime.
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7 Reviews

dillybug January 8, 2015
Simple, easy and light. Great take-to-work-work lunch.
testkitchenette September 29, 2010
Beautiful photo amd recipe with clean flavors.
AppleAnnie September 29, 2010
Thank you, there is a zen-like quality to this simple fare.
TiggyBee September 29, 2010
Looks lovely AppleAnnie! I love soba noodles, so I'll have to try soon!
AppleAnnie September 29, 2010
Thank you, the toasted sesame seeds add a tiny, little, nutty crunch.
AppleAnnie September 28, 2010
The vegetables in this photo are green beans, with red and orange bell pepper.
JoanG September 28, 2010
I want this for lunch tomorrow!