Soba Noodle Salad: Easy Weeknight Dinner

soba noodle salad

Just like the chickpeas and rice bowl from last week, I wanted to share with you a really easy meal we’ve made countless times, and it’s reasonably healthy too.

This soba noodle salad is comprised of cooked soba + raw veggies + edamame + Asian-style vinaigrette. It takes me about 20 minutes to make this salad, start to finish.

Soba noodles are the king of noodles. They’ve got some oomph to them, some heft, and they have a wonderful texture and flavor. The only thing with soba noodles is that they need a really good rinse after cooking, since they get very starchy, and the last thing you want is a big clump of sticky soba. I like to rinse it a while (a minute or two), and then again right before I’m tossing it with the rest of the ingredients, just to keep it loose.

Now if you decide to make this soba noodle salad, I want you to wing it. I want you to measure nothing, and let your eye and your personal preferences be your guide. That’s why I haven’t included anything beyond vague measurements – to simply be a starting point.

Soba Noodle Salad: Easy Weeknight Dinner

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Soba Noodle Salad: Easy Weeknight Dinner

It doesn't get much easier than this. I love this soba noodle salad because the noodles makes me feel like I'm having a treat, but once you add all the veggies, it's pretty healthy as far as treats go.


  • 2 bundles of soba noodles
  • A handful of frozen, shelled edamame
  • 1/4 small red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • A handful of lettuce, shredded
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • sesame seeds, for garnish
  • For the sauce:
  • knob ginger, grated
  • ponzu or soy sauce (2-3 tablespoons)
  • lime or vinegar (1-2 tablespoons)
  • sugar (about 1 tablespoon)
  • oil (about 1 tablespoon)
  • squeeze of wasabi paste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the soba noodles as per directions on package. Drain and rinse REALLY well. If your timing is good, the soba will finish right as all the other components are done.
  2. Bring another, smaller pot of water to a boil. Cook the edamame as per directions on package (about 3 minutes). Drain.
  3. Chop the veggies and place them all in a big mixing bowl (I do this to clear room on my cutting board).
  4. Make the sauce: Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and whisk with a fork.
  5. To assemble: Empty the well-rinsed soba back in its cooking pot, and add all the veggies, edamame and sauce. Toss to combine, and serve topped with green onion, sesame seeds, and hot sauce.


soba noodle salad
Giant bowls of colorful veggies always make me happy.

Now normally I would stop there and leave well alone, but there are a couple things you could do if you wanted to amp up this soba noodle salad. First, you could grab a sheet of nori and crumble it into your noodles – we do that often, but didn’t think of it until we started eating, and by that point we were far too lazy.

Another change is to add some delicious, caramelized tofu. Normally I wouldn’t do this (because I’m practical), but Mike was craving it, and since he cooked it, how am I to complain?

soba noodle salad with tofu
The tofu was an extravagant addition to this weeknight meal, but it sure tasted good.

I’ll share the “recipe” with you in a future blog post for this tofu – Mike always makes the best tofu with the simplest ingredients and no measuring, and no prep like marinating. For weeknights, we’re all about simplicity!

Thanks for hanging out and chatting about food, and I hope you are having a great week!


  • Kari

    What a delicious meal – definitely my kind of food. I love the 20 minute preparation time too 🙂

    • Allysia K

      Yeah sometimes that’s a deal-breaker for me. 🙂

  • Cosenza ♡ Daily Pixie Dust

    This looks so delicious. I have never heard of caramelized tofu. But it looks really tasteful! I’m curious about the recipe 🙂

    • Allysia K

      Sooo delicious, both the tofu and the soba! 🙂

  • flickingthevs

    Soba salads should be quick and simple and tasty, and that ticks all those boxes! I always spend a million years making an elaborate dressing – clearly more winging it needed!

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