This vegan Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce is a healthy gluten-free and vegan recipe that is easy to make in 10 minutes . It’s loaded with ingredients like cucumber, carrots and red cabbage and topped off with sliced green onions and sesame seeds!
What are vegan soba noodles ?
Soba noodles are made from buckwheat, which has an earthy and slightly nutty flavour.
Are they gluten free?
You might be wondering are soba noodles gluten-free? Contrary to having “wheat” in its name, buckwheat is actually entirely gluten-free. It’s in fact not even a grain. Buckwheat is considered a seed. It’s also extremely nutritious and high in vitamins and minerals like magnesium, folate and vitamin B.
One thing to note: Many soba noodles you’ll see in stores are NOT 100% buckwheat.Some contain a mix of regular wheat and buckwheat, so these noodles are not gluten-free. Make sure to check the label if they are 100% buckwheat noodles or not. This brand is my favourite.
Are soba noodles vegan ?
Not all soba noodles are vegan, some contain dairy ingredients , you should read the labels and pay attention if it is vegan or not. There are vegan soba noodle brands, I use this brand.
What are the Ingredients in Soba noodle salad?
- Soba noodles: The star ingredient! Make sure to look for 100% buckwheat soba noodles for a wheat-free option.
- Cucumber: I like to spiralize them, but you can slice them or shred them.
- Red cabbage: Not only is it filled with nutrients but it makes this salad look pretty!
- Carrots: shredded or sliced works best
- Green onions: Adds a bit of bite to this noodles
- Sesame seeds: Make sure to use toasted ones for the best flavour.
- Peanut butter: Natural or regular peanut butter both work for the sauce.
- Tamari: You can substitute soy sauce if needed.
- Rice Vinegar: This gives the sauce some “punch” to it.
- Maple Syrup: For a hint of sweetness
- Sesame oil: Don’t replace this with another oil! You want that sesame flavour.
- Sriracha: This is what makes it a spicy peanut butter sauce!
How easy is making this 10 minutes salad?
- Cook the soba noodles according to package directions. Prepare the sauce, and slice, chop and shred the vegetables. You can cut the vegetables in any way you like.
- Add all of the Soba Noodle Salad ingredients to a mixing bowl and toss together until everything is well combined.
- Serve chilled or at room temperature and optionally top with extra sesame seeds, green onions and cilantro.
How to get a perfect soba salad?
- Shred the vegetables into small pieces so they can easily be evenly distributed throughout the salad. You can also buy pre-shredded vegetables to save you some time.
- Use toasted sesame seeds. (or if you have raw ones, toast them) Toasted sesame seeds have a much more rich flavour than raw ones.
- If your peanut sauce is too thick, add a touch more water to thin it so it can be mixed in the salad more easily.
Easy cold vegan Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce
- 8 oz vegan GF soba noodles
- ½ cucumber, spiralized or cut into strips
- 1 cup cabbage, shredded (red & white)
- 1 large carrot, sliced or shredded
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 3 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- Green onion or cilantro to top (optional)
For the spicy peanut sauce
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 3 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoon tamari (can sub soy sauce)
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (can sub lime juice)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (can sub agave)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 teaspoon sriracha
- Cook the noodles according to packagedirections.
- While the noodles cook, prepare the peanut sauce by mixing all the sauce ingredients together.
- Once the noodles are cooked, rinse them under room temperature water to slightly cool them down slightly, then add them to a mixing bowl with the rest of the salad ingredients.
- Toss the soba noodle salad and peanut sauce together until combined.
- Optionally top with some extra sesame seeds, green onions and green onion.
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