Soba Noodle Salad with Ginger-Peanut Dressing

Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 12 mins

Soba are Japanese buckwheat noodles - you can find them at some grocery stores; if not, any Asian food store should have them. (The recipe originally called for ramen, but I just couldn't do that to people). I've also had good luck finding dried shiitake mushrooms at a reasonable price at Asian food stores. Prep time includes the final sitting time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small pan and whisk over low heat until smooth.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Trim the asparagus and cut into 2-inch pieces.
  4. Cut snow peas into thirds after pulling the strings.
  5. Cook the asparagus in boiling water for 3 minutes (time it!).
  6. Add the snow peas and cook another 30 seconds, then drain immediately in a colander and rinse with cold water until cool.
  7. Pat the vegetables dry and put into a bowl.
  8. Cut the pepper into 1/4 inch slices and slice the mushrooms thinly.
  9. Toss the pepper and mushrooms with the asparagus, peas, and bean sprouts as well as 3 tbs of dressing, then refrigerate.
  10. Bring a pot of water to a boil, break the soba noodles into halves or thirds, and cook until tender.
  11. Drain and rinse.
  12. Toss the noodles with the vegetable mix and the remaining dressing, then refrigerate for 15 minutes to let the flavors blend and the noodles absorb some of the dressing.
  13. Garnish with peanuts and serve.
Most Helpful

This was really great! It has a lovely flavor. I added some garlic as well and toasted sesame seeds which I then sprinkled on top. My only complaint was that the sauce tended to be too thick and not smooth enough. I will try increasing theoil next time or using smooth peanut butter, but I will be making it again!

BelovedRooster April 11, 2004