How To Make Soba Noodle Salad - Super Easy Summer Recipe!

How To Make Soba Noodle Salad - Super Easy Summer Recipe!

by Megumi Moriya

Easy Healthy Noodle Salad Soba Noodles Summer Under 30 Minutes

Do you want to try Japanese-style pasta salad? Today, we are going to introduce "Soba Noodle Salad," which combines carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals in one dish.

To tell the truth, Soba Noodle Salad is not a major dish in Japan. As you know, soba is a Japanese noodle made from buckwheat flour and is commonly eaten with a dashi and soy sauce-based soup or dipping sauce. However, this is a perfect way to utilize soba in a different way and can be a delicious way to use up leftover soba.

Soba has a distinctive flavor that sets it apart from other noodles. This characteristic adds a unique twist to Soba Noodle Salad, too.

Typically, when you eat soba, it tends to have fewer vegetables, although some variations include a few. However, with this dish, you can enjoy a good amount of vegetables. What’s great about Soba Noodle Salad is that you can add whatever vegetables you want, making it an effective way to use up leftover vegetables.

There is no specific rule for making it, and no specific ingredients are needed other than soba noodles. However, one thing we recommend trying is wasabi.

Soba noodles pair really well with wasabi paste, a Japanese spice with a strong, nose-tingling spiciness. It often accompanies soba noodles as a condiment, along with thinly sliced Japanese leek.

In this recipe, we are using wasabi paste in the dressing to add spiciness and a Japanese flavor to the dish. It plays an important role in this dish, so if you don’t have any at home, you can find it on our website or at nearby Asian supermarkets.

To enhance Soba Noodle Salad, consider adding some toppings. In this recipe, we are using dried bonito flakes, tempura bits, and radish sprouts, but you can also try shredded nori seaweed, roasted white sesame seeds, shichimi, and more.

Enjoy your own Soba Noodle Salad and let us know your comments below if you discover any vegetables or toppings that perfectly complement the salad!


Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 10 mins

Total time: 15 mins

Total servings: 2

Difficulty: Easy

  • 80 g Dried Soba Noodles
  • 50 g Cucumber
  • 35 g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 25 g Radish
  • 20 g Mixed Salad Greens
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil (for the salad dressing)
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce (for the salad dressing)
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar (for the salad dressing)
  • 2 tsp Sugar (for the salad dressing)
  • Wasabi Paste, to taste (for the salad dressing)
  • Dried Bonito Flakes (Katsuobushi), for garnish
  • Tempura Bits, for garnish
  • Radish Sprouts, for garnish

Expert's Tip

How To Make Soba Noodle Salad - Super Easy Summer Recipe!

Dried soba noodles are as preservable as pasta, making them a great addition to your pantry. When selecting soba noodles, it is essential to consider the ratio of buckwheat to wheat flour.

Nihachi soba, like this one, has a ratio of 80% buckwheat to 20% wheat flour, resulting in a smoother texture compared to jyuwari soba, which has a 100% buckwheat flour ratio.

This product is also perfect for making Soba Noodle Salad!


soba noodle salad ingredients
soba noodle salad ingredients

1) Gathering the Ingredients

Gather the ingredients together.

making the soba noodle salad dressing

2) Preparing the Salad Dressing

Prepare a bowl and add olive oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, and wasabi paste. Mix them together well and set aside.

boiling the soba noodles

3) Boiling the Soba Noodles

Prepare a large pot and fill it with enough water to cover the soba noodles. Heat over medium heat. Once the water is boiling, add the dried soba noodles and use cooking chopsticks to separate them. Boil for the time indicated on the package, adjusting the heat as needed to prevent boiling over.

cutting up vegetables for soba noodle salad

4) Cutting up the Vegetables

While boiling the noodles, cut the vegetables as you prefer.

Note: we are using 130g of mixed vegetables for our recipe. Feel free to change up the ingredients and use other veggies like carrots, avocado, lettuce, etc.

rinsing the soba noodles in ice water
draining the cooled soba noodles

5) Cooling the Soba Noodles

Once the soba noodles are cooked, drain them using a sieve and cool the noodles with cold tap water, then a bowl of ice water.

Drain the water well before assembling the salad.

putting the soba noodles on a plate
arranging the soba noodle salad toppings

6) Assembling the Soba Noodle Salad

Prepare a plate or dish and place the soba noodles on it. Then, top with the vegetables and toppings in order.

finished soba noodle salad

7) Adding Dressing and Enjoying

Before eating, drizzle the salad dressing and enjoy!

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