Cold Peanut Soba Noodle Salad

I love peanuts. I love plain peanuts, peanut butter, any dessert with peanut butter, sandwiches with peanut butter; I love it all. Thus, naturally I love a nice noodle dish slathered with peanut sauce. This recipe is quick and delicious, and makes a great lunch the day after it was made.

In this recipe I use soba noodles. Soba noodles are made out of buckwheat, and bring a nutty flavor to the dish compared to their counterparts made of rice or regular flour. On top of this we fold in zucchini noodles and shredded cabbage. This keeps the dish light and refreshing while also making it diabetic friendly. To make zucchini noodles, you need a either an instrument to julienne the zucchini (mandoline, julienne peeler) or a spiralizer. Without any of these, it is possible to cut the zucchini into very small strips, however this will take time. I hope you enjoy!

Active time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 300g soba noodles
  • 4 cups zucchini noodles (spiralized or julienned zucchini)
  • 4 cups shredded napa cabbage (Chinese cabbage)
  • 1 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch Thai basil, steams removed
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp chili paste
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds and chopped peanuts, to top.

Directions:

  1. Cook the soba noodles according to package directions. While the noodles cook it is a great time to prep your veggies. Once they have finished cooking, run them under cold water for a minute to stop the cooking. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the sauce. In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, maple syrup, chili paste, lime juice, 1/2 cup water, ginger and sesame oil. Beat until evenly combined.
  3. In a large bowl, add the zucchini noodles, shredded cabbage, green onion, thai basil and noodles. Toss to mix these ingredients together.
  4. Add the sauce to the bowl and incorporate thoroughly. If the sauce appears to be a bit too thick, add in a tablespoon of water at a time.
  5. Serve cold, with sesame seeds and chopped peanuts on top. Enjoy!

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