Cold Peanut Sesame Soba Noodle Salad

This was incredible!  As part of my cold-food push last week, I made a soba noodle salad.  And it was delicious.

cold peanut sesame soba noodle salad with avocado

The great thing about salads like this is that you can usually make them with stuff you have lying around the house.  I did pick up some scallions and a bell pepper for this, but everything else is generally a staple in our house. Your mileage may vary.

Ingredients for Cold Peanut Sesame Soba Noodle Salad

Cold Peanut Sesame Soba Noodle Salad (serves 4-6)
Ingredients:
1/2 english cucumber, cut into 3-4″ matchsticks
1/2 red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, cut into thin slices
5 scallions, white and light green parts sliced on a bias

9 oz package (or similar) dry soba noodles, spaghetti, udon, whatever kind strikes your fancy.

2-3 T peanut butter
1 T sugar
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 T sesame oil
2 T neutral oil (I used avocado)
4 T soy sauce
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 T hot chili oil
1″ fresh ginger, peeled & grated
2-4 cloves garlic, peeled & grated

Avocado
Toasted sesame seeds or furikake seasoning

dressing ingredients for Cold Peanut Sesame Soba Noodle Salad

Instructions:
*Prep your veggies and set them aside
*Toss your sauce ingredients all together and whisk to combine.  If your peanut butter won’t break up, microwave for 10-30 seconds and whisk again.  Taste.  You may need more acid (vinegar) or salt (soy sauce).  Continue to taste and adjust until things seem good.
*Boil your water for your noodles, cook according to package directions (my soba noodles took 4 minutes), drain, then rinse under cold water
*Toss your noodles with the dressing, then mix in your veggies.  Taste again, you may need to adjust seasonings once again.
*Plate your noodles, top with some sliced avocado (if you like) and a sprinkling of sesame seeds/furikake seasoning.
*Enjoy, also, this makes rad leftovers and is good at room temp too, so would probably be a good picnic candidate

Cold Peanut Sesame Soba Noodle Salad

Cold Peanut Sesame Soba Noodle Salad

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