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Cold Soba Summer Salad

Posted June 24, 2015 by Stephanie
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This is a quickie! Quick and easy recipes that I don’t have much to say about, aside from the fact that they taste awesome and you should give them a go!

Cold noodle salads are my go-to when the sun is hot and the days are long. You don’t need to turn on your stove for very long to make this: just a quick boil of soba noodles and you’re good to go. Toss that tangle of noodles with summer vegetables and a slightly spicy, vinegary dressing and you’ve got a huge bowl of salad that you can eat morning, noon, and night!

Cold Soba Summer Salad Recipe slightly adapted from Bon Appetit
makes a LOT of salad
prep time: 20 minutes
active time: 10 minutes
total time: 30 minutes


  • 2 bundles soba (6 ounces, uncooked)
  • 1/4 red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 cooked cob of corn, kernels sliced off
  • 1 red pepper, cored and sliced
  • 1 yellow or orange pepper, cored and sliced
  • 1 cucumber, deseeded and julienned
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 head romaine, shredded
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 cooked chicken breast, shredded (optional)


  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup neutral oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Cook the soba according to the package and rinse throughly in cold water. Drain well. Whisk together the dressing ingredients, taste and season accordingly. Toss together all of the ingredients, taste and season if needed. Enjoy!

cold summer soba salad - www.iamafoodblog.com


  1. asian pasta salads are my fave! my aunt used to make one with somen, kamaboko (fish cake), lettuce, scallion, char siu, scrambled egg and a dressing super similar to this one.

  2. I definitely want to give this a go! It looks delicious and I love cold salads like this!

  3. Alllllll about these kinds of salads! This one sounds INCREDIBLE. Love love it!

  4. That slab of fresh corn on the side of the bowl made me extremely jealous! We won’t have fresh corn until at least August, and now I want it so bad ;)

    Love the dressing you used here because I’m getting a little tired of the peanut sauce dressings on soba noodles. I loved peanut sauce for a long time, but I’m ready to move on.

  5. molly yeh says:

    mmm cold noodle salads are one of the things i love about summer! these look awesome, steph :)

  6. Lindsey says:

    love this so much..all the colors! we’re always served up gloppy pasta salad in the summer, so this sounds like the perfect way to celebrate all of summer’s beautiful bounty in a light and fresh way! xo!

  7. Eileen says:

    This salad sounds amazing! Definitely a few steps up from the bland pasta salads of my youth. :)

  8. Abby says:

    This looks delicious! Love it <3

  9. Laura says:

    So pumped to be on that cold noodle wavelength with you this week :)

  10. Totally trying this out!! Colorful and a perfect summer dish!

  11. Paula says:

    I live in central Florida, where it’s like a quatrillion degrees and 90% humidity, and eating hot meals can sometimes seem majorly unappealing. I made this for dinner last week, and it was So. Refreshing. I love that it can be prepped a couple days ahead of time, too. Simple! Veggie-packed! Flavorful! Brilliant.

  12. ayako m says:

    I’ve made this recipe at least 5 times. I love it! So tasty!!

    1. Stephanie says:

      oh yay! i love it too, cold noodles are the best in the summer :)

  13. Jacalin Huynh says:

    How many people does this recipe serve?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi jacalin,
      depends on if you’re having it for a main or a side, as a side, i’d say 8 people and as a main, 4 :)

  14. Linda says:

    Hello, do you toast your own sesame seeds or buy them like that?
    In the photo they look like black ones?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi linda,
      those ones are black! they sell black ones at the store too :)
      usually i’ll just toast my own, but they do sell toasted ones

      1. LINDA DANKO says:

        Thanks for your quick response. I’ve toasted my own when Ive made this in the past but the black ones look lovely on the plate

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