Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce

Delicious nutty, soba noodles with crisp Asian vegetables tossed in a peanut sauce makes a delicious twist on a cold pasta salad.

I loved it! Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy Lunch or Side dish

Have you ever had soba noodles?  They are a Japanese noodle made of buckwheat and are so tasty.  They have a little more nuttiness than regular pasta and are quite nutritious.  I love to keep some on hand when I want to liven up a dinner.  The soba noodles pair so well with peanut butter in my Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce.  This recipe will blow away the doldrums of your regular weeknight meals.  Pull out some chopsticks and have fun with your dinner.

I’ve never been to Japan.  It’s on my someday list but I don’t see it happening any time soon.  Since we aren’t likely to visit in the near future, we celebrate the Japanese culture with our food.  My daughter loves to eat with chopsticks.  She is not particularly good at it but she is absolutely thrilled with herself whenever she manages to get a bite into her mouth.  This salad was a little easier.  She could get a hold of a noodle then “slurp” the rest of it into her mouth.  When we go to a Chinese or Japanese restaurant she always asks for the “training” chopsticks.  Have you seem them?  They put together the chopsticks with a rubber band and a small piece of paper in between.  That way you just have to push the two chopsticks together.  The rubber band will keep them in place.
I loved it! Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy Lunch or Side dish

There is one side benefit of using chopsticks.  It slows you down, way down.  Chopsticks make you concentrate on your food and really enjoy each bite you manage to get into your mouth.  They say you should chew your food really well and eat slowly.  Unless you are an expert with chopsticks, it is going to slow you down.  I don’t hold them the right way but figured out a style that works for me.  Even so, I drop food all the time.  It can be frustrating but at least it makes me savor every bite of food that actually reaches my mouth; and Hey! It’s fun.

We try to eat dinner together as a family most nights.  I really do notice my little one eats better and healthier.  We can catch up on each other’s day and even have a little fun.  Meals like this give us even more to talk and dream about.  My little one loves to travel so she always asks if we will take her to what ever country’s food we happen to be eating.  It also makes her realize we live in a big world that doesn’t revolve around her.  Try my Soda Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce for dinner and liven up your family dinner.

I loved it! Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy Lunch or Side dish

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Yields 3 servings

Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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  • 4 oz. soba noodles
  • 2 cups fresh mixed stir fry vegetables (I found a bag in the produce section)
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. reduced sodium soy
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup julienne cucumber
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro


  1. Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add soba noodles and cook for 4 minutes. Do not drain. Remove soba noodles from the water and place in a colander.
  2. Rinse with cold water.
  3. Bring pot of water back to a boil and add stir fry vegetables. Par boil for 3 minutes then drain into the colander with noodles.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together ginger, garlic, soy, sesame oil, peanut butter, fish sauce, and rice vinegar.
  5. Add noodles and vegetables to bowl. Add green onion and cilantro and stir well to combine. Serve cold or at room temperature.


Nutritional value per serving: Calories 227 Fat 5 grams Carbs 36 grams Fiber 3 grams Protein 9 grams
Happy Healthy Eating,


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  1. So true about chopsticks slowing you down! I'm to the point where I'm pretty good with them now and rarely drop anything, but it still takes a while to build a good bite to take. This salad looks amazing. I loooove peanut sauces.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Kelly. It was a nice light salad and so much easier to eat with chopsticks then rice. Rice gets me every time.:)
  2. I have a daughter who's in love with anything Japanese. This looks like a wonderful recipe to try at home.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      That is wonderful that your daughter is into something from another country. It really opens up their worlds when they realize how much there is to see and learn. I hope she enjoys it as much as we do.


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