Soba Noodle Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette

First up, a few weeks ago, someone from Glamour.com contacted me to see if I’d be interested in sharing some weight loss/diet tips. I said OF COURSE! and passed along a few, and they chose three to post yesterday. The article went up on Glamour.com last night!!! Check it out here. And if you’ve come here from there, welcome! Check out the First Time Here? page, which has some background info on me as well as helpful tips for navigating around the site and links to top posts. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!

Today I have a super simple and delicious Soba Noodle Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette recipe to share with you. I love this recipe because it’s totally adjustable based on what you have in your kitchen and is absolutely delicious Don’t care for tofu? Add shrimp. Don’t have red peppers on hand? Use tomatoes instead. Also, this salad is even better if it sits in the fridge for a day or two, so feel free to make it ahead and bring it for lunch during the week!

Soba Noodle Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yields: 3 servings, 7 pts+ each

Printable version here.

Ingredients for Salad:

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    • 1 package lite tofu (you can use regular tofu too, which will make it 9 pts+/serving)
    • 4 oz soba noodles (2 servings)
    • 1 chopped red bell pepper
    • 2 chopped scallions (~1/2 cup)
    • 1 seeded + chopped cucumber

If seeding a cucumber scares you, it’s actually super easy to do so don’t let it!

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Cut the cucumber in half both ways so you have four evenish pieces.

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Now, use a spoon to scoop out the seeds, starting with the rounded edge.

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Scrape the spoon down until all the seeds are gone and tada!

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Ingredients for Dressing:

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    • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
    • 1 tsp ground ginger (or fresh)
    • 1 clove minced garlic (or 1 tsp powdered)
    • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

To start, press your tofu. You can do this using a Tofu Xpress OR wrapping it in paper towels or kitchen towels with a heavy object on top. You know I obviously used the Tofu Xpress. =)

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Once it’s pressed, put on one pan to brown the tofu, and one pot of water to cook the noodles.

Chop the tofu into small pieces.

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And brown it in the heated pan with nonstick spray.

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Once the water is boiling, add in your 4 oz of soba noodles.

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And cook according to package directions – about 8 minutes. When they are cooked, drain and rinse with cold water to cool off.

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Let the tofu cook for the same amount of time until its browned on all/most sides, and remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

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Meanwhile, prepare your dressing. Combine all ingredients except the oil, stir to combine with a fork or whisk, and then add in the oil and mix well.

Now comes the easiest part – throw it all together and mix! Start with your veggies in the bowl.

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Then add the noodles.

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Then add the dressing.

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Then add the tofu last once everything is combined, and serve!

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That crappy picture honestly doesn’t do ANY justice to how delicious this salad is. I’m still working out the light/picture taking situation in my new apartment – so forgive me. But I promise, this one is totally worth making. =) If you’re feeling fancy, feel free to garnish with sesame seeds and/or chopped scallion. Yum!

So tell me… what is your favorite kind of noodle/pasta?

Mine is definitely soba noodles. I love how much they bulk up when you cook them, plus they’re made of buckwheat so super healthy! A close second would be orzo – I absolutely love how versatile it is and the shape!

23 Comments on Soba Noodle Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette

  1. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me
    September 8, 2011 at 9:26 am (6 years ago)

    What a delicious looking dinner. I love adding sesame seeds to things too!

    Congrats on the Glamour article! So exciting!

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  2. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    September 8, 2011 at 9:29 am (6 years ago)

    I’m one of those people that sometimes feel like letting something sit a day or two to let all the flavors mix is better anyway!

    Reply
  3. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    September 8, 2011 at 9:35 am (6 years ago)

    Kelp noodles, yo. Man do I love kelp.

    Or shredded zucchini as “pasta” – extra veggies and no starch (I don’t deal well with most starches).

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    • Sarah
      September 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm (6 years ago)

      Oh my I love spiralized zucchini 🙂

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  4. Linda
    September 8, 2011 at 9:56 am (6 years ago)

    I love whole foods whole wheat elbow macaroni mixed with grilled zucchini and parmesan cheese. Your dish looks good, and I will definitely be trying it.

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  5. Jenny
    September 8, 2011 at 10:42 am (6 years ago)

    I just bought soba for the first time yesterday! I’ve had it at sushi restaurants before and absolutely love it. I’ll definitely be trying this out tonight!

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  6. Jamie
    September 8, 2011 at 11:21 am (6 years ago)

    That looks good! I was doing a good job of making a couple days a week meatless but have been slacking on that. I will definitely make this soon.

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  7. Roz
    September 8, 2011 at 11:35 am (6 years ago)

    Love soba noodles, thanks for the salad recipe Beth!! And woo hoo….congrats on the Glamour article!!!! You are becoming a media sensation!!! FUN!!! Really happy for you!!! Have a good Thursday.

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  8. Danielle
    September 8, 2011 at 11:53 am (6 years ago)

    I’ve never tried soba noodles! Hmm, i love ANY kind of pasta so this is a tough question… probably penne though. I love how the grooves in the pasta hold sauce.

    Congrats on the glamour article! Awesome 🙂

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  9. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    September 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm (6 years ago)

    Yup. Definitely making this! I’ve never cooked soba noodles at home- and I don’t know why! Have you ever had black bean pasta? It’s suuuuper high in protein and works best in Asian dishes.

    And where did you get that tofu press? I need one!

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  10. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    September 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm (6 years ago)

    Beth this looks delicious — I’ve never used soba noodles at home but this looks like an easy enough recipe to give them a try.

    Congrats on being a part of Glamour.com! 🙂

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  11. Jenny
    September 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve never met a noddle I didn’t love 🙂

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  12. Laura
    September 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm (6 years ago)

    Looks Yummy! I think i’ll try making it tonight!

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  13. Sarah
    September 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm (6 years ago)

    Looks delicious! I’m not a huge pasta fan but I might try this. I typically stick with this lighter pasta that’s lower calories than the whole wheat varieties. Or I make spaghetti squash which I love.

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  14. Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner
    September 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm (6 years ago)

    Congrats on the Glamour spot! That’s awesome! I love soba noodles. This salad looks delish. I’m going to make it for lunch!!

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  15. Jill
    September 9, 2011 at 10:37 pm (6 years ago)

    do u like your food scale-im in the market for a good one..

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  16. Heather
    September 10, 2011 at 12:36 am (6 years ago)

    Looks fantastic! I love orzo too but my fav is rigatoni!

    Reply

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