Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut-Ginger Sauce

Packed in lean protein and plant-based protein, this soba noodle salad is made with naturally gluten-free buckwheat. The light, homemade peanut sauce makes it so delicious and family-friendly for a quick, easy weeknight dinner recipe. 

Hey You!

This is one of my go-to meals for a quick, healthy weeknight dinner that everyone loves. It's also great as leftovers to pack in mason jars for a healthy lunch on the go, so I always make extra. It's kind of ridiculous how delicious this is for how easy it is to prepare. 

If you're new to soba noodles, they are made of buckwheat, a naturally gluten-free whole grain that is packed with plant-based lean protein. In fact, this whole meal is super high in lean protein with the edamame and the peanut butter, but 100% plant-based. 

All of the bright colored veggies add a nice sweet crunch and powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidants, making this perfectly balanced for your post-workout fueling. Food that gives your body the nutrients it needs and tastes good in your mouth, that's what I'm talking about!

Hope you love it!

Love & Zest,

Anna

PS In case you missed yesterday's blog, check out How Mason Jar Meals Can Make Your Life Easier.

Soba Noodle Salad Peanut Ginger Sauce
Naturally gluten-free pasta salad made with buckwheat soba noodles. Packed in high antioxidant anti-inflammatory veggies, perfect for post-workout fuel. Provides optimal nutrition for active women. This recipe is vegan and plant-based, quick, easy and perfect for a busy weeknight evening recipe. 

Soba Noodle Salad with HOmemade Peanut-Ginger Sauce

ingredients

Soba Noodle Salad

  • 1 package of soba* noodles
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 cups fresh edamame, shelled (or thawed from frozen)
  • 2 cup snap peas, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, grated 
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped

*Soba noodles are traditionally made from buckwheat, which is packed in plant-based protein. Most varieties available are a blend of buckwheat and whole wheat. If you're gluten-free, look for 100% buckwheat varieties (despite the name, buckwheat is a seed not at all related to wheat, and is naturally gluten-free). 

Peanut-Ginger Dressing

  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter*
  • 3 TBSP agave nectar 
  • 3 TBSP soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2" of fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1-2 tbsp Sriracha hot sauce, depending on how hot you like it

*Look for peanut butter varieties made with just peanuts and salt and no fat or sugar additives. Two of my favorite brands are Justin's and Adam's peanut butters. 

Preparation

  1. Cook the noodles for 3 minutes, drain, rinse with cold water, then transfer to a large bowl. I found that cooking them for a minute or two less than the packet instructions helped keep them al dente and less sticky. 
  2. Make the dressing by mixing all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. (I fell in love with my NutriBullet for this job). If dressing is too thick, add more water. Definitely taste as you go. It should taste overly-strong when tried alone - flavors will even out when tossed on the noodles. 
  3. Chop veggies. Carrots can be shredded or purchased pre-shredded.
  4. To enjoy immediately, toss veggies with noodles and dressing. Top with fresh cilantro and dig in. 
  5. If you read yesterday's blog post on how to pack mason jar meals, and you're inspired to do some meal prep, layer ingredients in jar to take on the go. Start with peanut sauce on the bottom, then noodles, edamame, veggies, and top it off with fresh cilantro. Make it look pretty! 
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Buckwheat, plant-based protein, high in lean protein, noodle dish for lunch or dinner. Packed with seasonal, fresh vegetables for spring, summer, winter or fall. Flavor from soy, edamame, and fresh herbs, cilantro. With colorful veggies, you can eat the rainbow and get all the  antioxidants you need. 
Gluten-Free noodle salad that is high in plant-based protein and vegetables. Very filling and easy to make for batch cooking and pack to bring with for a nourishing snack or a healthy lunch on the go. Pack as a healthy mason jar meal!