Cold soba noodle salad with edamame and avocado

Vegetarian, Dairy Free

2 Servings, 620 Calories/Serving

15 Minutes

Refreshing cold noodle salads like these are popular in Japan in the summertime. Here we’ve loaded up the bowls with a delicious range of textures and flavors, from crisp snap peas and creamy avocado to sweet shredded carrots and mint. For a touch of heat, Chef Justine adds a bit of the (optional) Indonesian chile paste, sambal oelek.


  • 6 ounces soba noodles (buckwheat - wheat)
  • 3 ounces mini sweet peppers
  • 3 ounces sugar snap peas
  • 1 avocado
  • Fresh mint
  • 1 lime
  • Tamari dressing (tamari - sesame oil - rice vinegar)
  • Sambal oelek (optional)
  • 3 ounces shredded carrots
  • 2 ounces shelled edamame
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds



Cook the soba

In a large pot of boiling water, cook the soba noodles until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.


Prep the vegetables

  • Stem, seed and thinly slice the peppers.
  • Thinly slice the sugar snap peas.
  • Pit, peel, and dice the avocado.
  • Pick and coarsely chop the mint leaves; discard the stems.
  • Zest and juice the lime.


Make the salad

In a small bowl, whisk the tamari dressing with as much of the sambal oelek as you like. In a mixing bowl, combine the peppers, snap peas, avocado, carrots, and edamame. Add the soba noodles, sesame seeds, mint, lime zest and juice. Drizzle with as much of the dressing as you like, and toss to combine.



Transfer the soba salad to individual bowls and serve.


Chef’s tip:

Rinsing the cooked soba noodles in cold water not only cools them down and stops the cooking, but it also gets rid of excess starch on the noodles that can interfere with the flavor. The best way to rinse them is to dump the drained noodles back into the emptied pot, fill the pot with cold water, swish the noodles around with your hands, then drain. Repeat until the water runs clear.

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 620, Protein: 21 g, Total Fat: 22 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11.5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.5 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Carbohydrates: 93 g, Fiber: 12 g, Added Sugar: 1 g, Sodium: 1550 mg

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