This cold soba noodle salad with spicy peanut sauce is a healthy and vegan recipe that is quick and easy to make. It’s loaded with ingredients like edamame, red peppers and cabbage and then topped with a creamy and spicy peanut butter sauce!
Have you ever tried soba noodles before?
If you haven’t, I’d say you’re missing out! Soba noodles are one of my favourite Asian noodles to use in cooking, and they happen to be entirely gluten-free and whole-grain! (*Make sure to purchase 100% buckwheat soba noodles)
I share a lot of rice noodle recipes on the blog, (another one of my favourites) but I thought it was time to mix things up!
What are soba noodles?
Soba noodles are made from buckwheat, which is one of my favourite ingredients to use in cooking. You might be wondering are soba noodles gluten-free? Contrary to having “wheat” in its name, buckwheat is actually entirely gluten-free. It’s in fact not even a grain. Buckwheat is considered a seed. It’s also extremely nutritious and high in vitamins and minerals like magnesium, folate and vitamin B.
One thing to note: Many soba noodles you’ll see in stores are NOT 100% buckwheat. Some contain a mix of regular wheat and buckwheat, so these noodles are not gluten-free. Make sure to check the label if they are 100% buckwheat noodles or not. This brand is my favourite.
Buckwheat noodles have a slightly nutty flavour compared to other noodles, which makes them really delicious either hot or cold.
This recipe for cold soba noodle salad with spicy peanut sauce can also be enjoyed as a hot dish, but since it’s spring, I’m all about enjoying some cooler foods.
This dish is also naturally vegan and has a nice amount of protein between the noodles, peanut butter, and edamame beans. You can also add some tofu or tempeh on top of this dish if you’re looking to make it even more protein-rich!
Some notes on this recipe:
This soba noodle salad starts by cooking the noodles off in a pot of boiling water and then letting them cool. One trick I like to do to speed up this process is to rinse the soba noodles in a strainer under cold water for a minute. This really speeds up the cooling process.
Next, they get tossed up with some red pepper, cabbage, edamame and cilantro, and then topped off with a spicy peanut butter sauce.
The peanut butter sauce is really what makes this dish special. (I think most noodle dishes are really all about the sauce, right?)
I love making peanut butter sauce and I stick to a pretty specific formula when it comes to making it. I always start with a few tablespoons of peanut butter and then make sure to balance out the sauce by adding something salty, something sweet, and something tangy. (like vinegar or lime) From there you can mix it up a little bit and add in some different ingredients to make it a bit more special. (like sesame oil and sambal oelek)
This recipe for cold soba noodle salad with spicy peanut sauce is also great prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge. (Perfect for meal prep!)
If you’re not a fan of peanut butter, you can always substitute any nut butter or even tahini in the sauce recipe. If you’re not a fan of spicy food, simply leave out the spice in the sauce! (or if your a BIG fan of spicy food, up the sambal oelek to 3 or 4 teaspoons!)
A few other favourite noodle dishes from the blog:
Alright, let’s get to the recipe!Print
A healthy vegan soba noodle salad covered in creamy peanut butter sauce with a spicy kick!
- 200g soba noodles
- 1/2 cup red pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup red cabbage, chopped
- 1/2 cup edamame, cooked
- 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
- 4 tbsp crushed peanuts
- Let’s start by preparing the sauce. Heat the peanut butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds until melted.
- Remove and add the soy sauce, sesame, oil, rice vinegar, sambal oelek, malple syrup and water and stir until well combined. Set aside.
- Cook the soba noodles according to package direction. Strain and let cool to room temperature. (I rinse mine with cold water to speed up this process and chill the noodles)
- Add the red pepper, cabbage, edamame, and cilantro to the large bowl with the soba noodles.
- Add the sauce to the bowl and mix until combined.
- Top with crushed peanuts and serve
If your noodles are a bit sticky, give them a good rinse in a strainer under cold water immediately before transferring them to your bowl and dressing
Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. You may need a little more/less sauce depending on how many noodles you use.