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black bowl with soba noodle salad, with peanut butter dressing on the side

Soba Noodles Salad With Peanut Butter Dressing

  • Author: Michal Martinek
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2; yields about 3/4 cup salad dressing 1x


  • For the salad:
  • 120 grams dried soba noodles (1 bundle noodles)
  • 1 red pepper, destemmed, seeded, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 medium Persian cucumber, trimmed, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 small carrot, trimmed, peeled, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 cup baked tofu, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley, leaves only, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Handful of peanuts
  • For the Peanut Butter Dressing:
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (tamari or nama shoyu)
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (regular or toasted)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ teaspoon dried ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon Chinese five spice


  1. Pour 6 cups of water into a medium pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the soba noodles, stir, and lower the heat to medium. Cook until al dente, about 6 minutes.
  2. Drain the noodles in a sieve and rinse under cold running water.
  3. Divide the noodles, peppers, cucumber, carrot and tofu in half and arrange next to each other in a circle on a serving plate.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until creamy. Add an additional tablespoon of water if the dressing is too thick. Add salt to taste.
  5. Sprinkle the salad with the parsley, sesame seeds and peanuts, and drizzle with the dressing to taste.
  6. The dressing will last for up to 7 days in the fridge.


  • You can boil the noodles ahead and store them in the fridge. They will get sticky, so place them in a bowl with cold water, stir around with your fingers to separate them, and drain.
  • The recipe doubles easily.