Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Soba Noodle Salad

The other night I got excited about making a recipe for a sweet and spicy chicken with a soba noodle salad, but unfortunately only the soba noodle recipe was successful. The chicken was a bit of a disaster (I'm going to blame Greg & the 2 other men in our kitchen discussing AC quotes, standing almost right next to me as I'm trying to broil chicken breasts)! Ok, maybe the sauce didn't taste so great either...
Luckily the soba noodle salad turned out really well, since that was the only thing we ate for dinner that night. Soba noodles can be found in the Asian section of most grocery stores. They are made of buckwheat flour and they have a nice consistency. This soba noodle salad has a little bit of heat and the crunchiness of the veggies compliment the texture of the noodles nicely. I would definitely make this recipe again! Now I just need to find a better sweet and spicy chicken recipe...anyone willing to share one with me?

Soba Noodle Salad Recipe

1 13.5-oz package of soba noodles
2 red bell peppers, diced
1 head of baby bok choy, cut in to small pieces
2 Tbsp. of canola oil
2 1/2 Tbsp. of rice vinegar or seasoned rice vinegar
1 - 1 1/2 tsp. of Sriracha sauce
1/4 tsp. Kosher salt

Bring a pot of water to boil, and cook soba noodles according to package directions (they cook quickly - 4 minutes or less). Meanwhile, chop up the peppers and baby bok choy.
When noodles are done cooking, drain them in a colander and then rinse cold water over them until they are cool. Drain again. Transfer the noodles to a large bowl.
Add in the red pepper, baby bok choy, canola oil, rice vinegar, Sriracha sauce, and the kosher salt. Toss to combine. Can be eaten immediately, or it can be set in the fridge for 20 - 30 minutes first to allow the flavors to meld together. Enjoy!
Recipe Adapted from Real Simple Magazine, Spring/Summer 2012 

Soba noodles contain many health benefits. They provide us with essential amino acids, essential nutrients, and antioxidants. Soba noodles are naturally gluten-free, but sometimes wheat flour is added to them - make sure to check the ingredients if you are on a gluten-free diet.