Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cold Soba Salad

This recipe was definitely a blog win! I adapted it a bit from this, and I was extremely happy with the result. This salad went together really fast, I usually have these ingredients on hand, and it was very, very healthy and flavorful. There's not a whole lot else to say about this, other than two thumbs up!

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These are the soba noodles I used. I found them at World Market.

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1/3 package soba noodles (see above)
1 1/2 cup chopped mango (I cheated and bought mine frozen)
1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 block extra firm tofu, drained well
3/4 cup edamame beans
2-3 cups packed fresh spinach leaves, very coarsely chopped
1/2 cup green onion, chopped
5-6 leaves fresh basil, chopped
handful chow mein noodles

3/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tbsp (heaping) brown sugar or agave nectar
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp soy sauce
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp lime juice

1. Put a pot of water to boil and cook the noodles until al dente (these cook faster than pasta, so keep an eye on it!)

2. As soon as the noodles are done, drain them and run them under cold water. Place them in a bowl and toss with 1-2 tsp olive or sesame oil.

3. Rinse out the pot and add the vinegar and sugar to it. Heat it long enough for the sugar to melt. Remove from heat and stir in other ingredients.

4. Meanwhile, make sure all your veggies are chopped and ready to go. Add the veggies and tofu to the noodles (except the chow mein noodles), then add the dressing. Put the bowl in the fridge until everything is cool.

5. Serve cool or cold.

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