Rainbow Soba Noodle Salad

Rainbow Soba Noodle Salad - Colorful veggies and chewy soba noodles all tossed together with a flavorful sesame garlic and lime dressing. It's super easy and can be made ahead of time too! (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

I like to sleep at a cool 66 degrees. I just thought you should know. I like it chilly, and I will happily take anything less but NEVER EVER more. And let me explain my dedication to achieving this lower temperature for sleeping. We live in a two story house, with our bedroom being on the top floor. We own a wonderfully comfortable bed, however it seems to deeply groove into the middle. Which is where I happen to sleep because I am a proud bed hog. But when summer hits, the couch in the living room right next to the thermostat (because we only have one in the whole joint) becomes my temporary bed.

The thing is, no matter how cold we turn down the stat, the cooler temp/air never seems to actually make it upstairs. I blame the damn Ohio humidity, it sucks the life and coolness right out… of everything. So instead of paying the electric company with our first born I crash on the couch. Okay, Logan does too. Perks of having a massive beast of a couch.

Rainbow Soba Noodle Salad - Colorful veggies and chewy soba noodles all tossed together with a flavorful sesame garlic and lime dressing. It's super easy and can be made ahead of time too! (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

Which makes me have to tell you, that I started crashing early on the couch this summer because when I had my wisdom teeth removed I literally lived on the couch. We pretty much relocated everything from the bathroom upstairs to the one down here so I never had to leave the first floor. You’d think I had knee surgery, but no I just had my teeth yanked out of my head. Which for the record had me on my ass for a week as it was anyway. But the point of this little story was that I relocated early, AND Logan took a foam mattress topper we have, for when visitors come to try and make that super, wonderful blow up mattress suck a little less, and he folded it in half and pretty much made a bed out of the end of the couch for me… with a fitted sheet and all.

Yeah. Dedication.

Rainbow Soba Noodle Salad - Colorful veggies and chewy soba noodles all tossed together with a flavorful sesame garlic and lime dressing. It's super easy and can be made ahead of time too! (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

The truth is… I’m a bit of a princess but the REAL truth is: I have nightmares. When I get too warm for whatever reason I end up having awful and sometimes down right scary as hell, screw up your day, kind of dreams.

After detoxing our bedroom we decided to make more of an effort to sleep in there during the summer. I mean we both sleep better and hello it’s a bed, it’s kind of meant for that thing. We decided, it’s fine if we have to sell plasma a couple times to pay the electric company a bit more, hey at least it’s not our first born, and we will try to sleep upstairs with a 70ish degree temp. Well, that worked for a week.

Nightmare + me = last night.

And it was one helllllllllll of a bad one. So… hey couch, you look gooooood. Oh and hey thermostat, what’s that… you looooove being set nice and low? Awww, I missed you guys!

Rainbow Soba Noodle Salad - Colorful veggies and chewy soba noodles all tossed together with a flavorful sesame garlic and lime dressing. It's super easy and can be made ahead of time too! (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

And since “summer has finally arrived” as one random dude pointed out to Logan and I earlier today, the heat is really here to stay, which means couch snoozing and cold dish noming.

I don’t know about you, but when it’s hot out I don’t even really want to eat anything because it feels gross to pretty much do anything. So anytime I can find or make something that’s cold, easy AND it’s actually a meal, I’m sold. Which means I found heaven in a bowl today.

This soba noodle salad is the PERFECT summer meal. Let me tell you about what makes it so fabulous:
It’s super EASY to make. Like turn the brain off and make.
It’s super QUICK to put together. You are just waiting on those noodles.
It’s packed full of NUTRITIOUS ingredients. I mean look it’s rainbow colored.
It can be MADE AHEAD. Yeah, did you catch that one, that’s a big one!
It’s FLAVORFUL. Which is a necessity.

Rainbow Soba Noodle Salad - Colorful veggies and chewy soba noodles all tossed together with a flavorful sesame garlic and lime dressing. It's super easy and can be made ahead of time too! (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

Okay, so how about a few good ole pointers while we’re at it…

Tips & Tricks

Chill those noodles: Number one rule for this recipe, make sure those noodles are cold. Not room temperature, not sort of cool, but that they are cold. When they are warm, things just don’t work out so well. So hit them with as much cold water as they need after cooking.

Storing: This is rule number two, almost equally as important as having chilly noodles. If you are not consuming the salad immediately you want to store the dressing and the noodle salad separately. Holy crap this is important. If you are only eating a portion of it after making, separate out what you are eating and what you are saving, and toss the dressing in just the portion your are going to eat now. I use about 2 tablespoons of dressing per serving.

Super time saver: Buy what you can already prepped from the store. Such as, a bag shredded red cabbage and matchstick or shredded carrots. Have a salad bar in your grocery store? Rock that baby out with getting as many of the already prepped ingredients as you can.

Edamame: I buy a bag of frozen edamame (even though I could get them off the salad bar at Whole Foods) because I personally like having the extra around. If you do cook yours yourself, just like with the noodles, make sure to run them under cold water until they are cold to the touch. You can use leftover edamame on “regular” salads, in sandwiches or on toast, in pasta, or you can add them to hummus to up the nutrition and protein some more.

Dressing: The dressing for this is light, and not a saturating type. If you want a saucy (good) mess then you can double up the dressing if you like. If you store the dressing for a later use, make sure to give it a shake or good stir before using… get all the goodness reincorporated after sitting.

Personalizing: You could easily swap in or out different veggies if you’d like. Such as savory cabbage, red onion, red pepper, cilantro or daikon. You could also throw in cashew pieces, instead of sesame seeds like I used here.

Rainbow Soba Noodle Salad - Colorful veggies and chewy soba noodles all tossed together with a flavorful sesame garlic and lime dressing. It's super easy and can be made ahead of time too! (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

The dressing for this soba noodle salad is a sesame garlic and lime dressing. It’s tangy, bright and has an Asian flair. I’m pretty sure spring rolls or potstickers dipped in this dressing would be FAB-U-LOUS! Hint. Hint.

Well, it’s official. I’ve decided I’m going to be making this salad with a lot of regularity AND put my name on it like I’m in college again and have a horrible roommate who eats all my food. The latter part of that still rings true. So, putting my name on it kind of is a necessity.

**Oh hey! If you make any of Noming’s recipes, be sure to snap a photo and share them on twitter or instagram with #nomingthrulife so that the rest of us Nom’ers can see them too! I mean you would only make my day and all if you did!* 

Rainbow Soba Noodle Salad – Colorful veggies and chewy soba noodles all tossed together with a flavorful sesame garlic and lime dressing. It's super easy and can be made ahead of time too! (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com
Rainbow Soba Noodle Salad – Colorful veggies and chewy soba noodles all tossed together with a flavorful sesame garlic and lime dressing. It's super easy and can be made ahead of time too! (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com
Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  1. For the salad:
  2. 6 ounces soba noodles
  3. 2 cups julienned carrots 
  4. 1 1/2 cups shredded red cabbage
  5. 1 cup cooked edamame
  6. 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
  7. optional: sesame seeds for garnish
  8. For the dressing:
  9. 3 tablespoons Bragg liquid aminos, tamari or soy sauce
  10. 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  11. 2 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  12. 1-2 tablespoons honey, agave or brown rice syrup
  13. 1-2 garlic cloves, pressed
  14. 1-2 teaspoons tahini
  15. 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste
  16. 1/2 teaspoon sriracha

Directions:

  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk dressing ingredients together and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, toss all salad ingredients together with the exception of the soba noodles and set aside. Cook soba noodles according to package directions. Pour cooked noodles into a colander and rinse with cold water, until noodles are cold to the touch. Drain as much water from the noodles as possible and add to the large mixing bowl and toss with other salad ingredients. 
  • When ready to serve, pour dressing over salad and toss to combine and add salt (I have a slightly heavy hand with mine) to your liking. If serving at a later time, or are only enjoying part of the salad now, prepare only want you plan to eat immediately and store the remaining salad and dressing separately in an airtight containers in the refrigerator until ready to enjoy. 

Notes:

If cooking edamame yourself from frozen, make sure to run the (cooked) edamame under cold water until they are cold to the touch. Ginger paste can be found in the produce section of your standard grocery store, usually next to the fresh herbs. I use approx. 2 tablespoons of dressing or more per serving. For additional salad options and other tips please see the “Tips & Tricks” section of this post.
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36 comments

  1. Natalie | Feasting on Fruit -

    Why have I never had soba noodles cold!?! That sounds delicious! I love soba noodles, they are like the best of the noodle world in my opinion, so I need to try this! Anything easy to make and with asian flavors I’m all over! And now that you mentioned dipping spring rolls in that dressing I’m totally craving a side of those too :)

    • Meg -

      What!? You haven’t had a cold soba noodle dish. WELL. You are so going to be in love with this one Natalie. Soba noodles are so fabulous, I’d rather eat them with a marinara sauce then regular ole noodles. Is that too far? lol Cause, I don’t actually ever do that, I just always sit there and tell myself how much I love soba noodles and that I COULD do that. ;) Hope you get to making your first cold soba salad soon. Thanks Natalie!

  2. Harriet Emily -

    This salad is soooo beautiful Meg, I love all of the colours! So vibrant and perfect for summer. I love how healthy it is too. Soba noodles are my favourite type of noodles, and they sound like the perfect addition to this tasty salad – i’ll definitely have to try this!

    • Meg -

      Thanks friend!! It’s hard to not feel amazing about eating this dish with all those bright colors staring right back at you. And soba is definitely the way to go! Let me know how you like the dish Harriet. :)

  3. Erin @ The Speckled Palate -

    1. I like to sleep when it’s super cold, too. Something about bundling up and snugging in makes me so happy. I am also a proud bed hog, so high-five! However, it sucks that you get nightmares when the house is too hot for your optimal sleeping conditions. :/

    2. You’re lucky you do not live in my house. Our 28-year-old (NO JOKE, just learned this last week *dies*) air conditioner is sloooooooowly kicking the bucket, and our house is getting hotter by the day.

    3. I want this Rainbow Soba Noodle Salad in my life ASAP. Adding it to my meal plan for next week when, hopefully, we will have a new AC!

    • Meg -

      1) You get the best ever comment award.
      2) When, your air conditioner does go – I’d say it deserves a memorial. That’s one crazy looong life that air conditioner has had. I have a stand mixer that’s about that age, and it kind of hates life now too. Anything past the 2nd or 3rd speed and it doesn’t really like to sit on the counter any longer. It likes twerk it and dance around the bowl. So it doesn’t come out very often.
      3) Yeah, get yourself some noodles! Hopefully you’ll have a new AC to enjoy them in front of, but either way they’ll help you feel good and cool, I mean since it’s a healthy cold salad and all ;)
      P.S. Thank you :)

    • Meg -

      This is a GREAT healthy recipe Tes! I love having it in the fridge for days where I’m busy and want (ideally) something that will fill me up, keep me full, is healthy and of course tastes great. Wow, that’s a lot of requirements. But this salad definitely fills them all. And the colors well that’s just a perk ;) Thanks for stopping by Tess!

    • Meg -

      It’s perfect for summer, but I think it might help brighten one of those dreary winter days that color seems so far away. Well, personally I think it’s perfect any day. But that might just be because I’ve been living off this salad for oooo the last 2-3 weeks. ;) Thanks for saying Hi, Sofia!

  4. The Vegan 8 -

    So funny reading about your cold thermostat settings and wisdom teeth and couch sleeping, haha! You are funny! This salad looks insanely delicious and so beautiful! I seriously want a bowl right now and I pretty much want to just drink that dressing!

    • Meg -

      Ha, thanks friend! And I’m so glad I’ve found someone else that says things like “insanely delicious” because that’s just sooooo me. And if you drink it, just let me know so I can distract anyone from looking ;)

    • Meg -

      Aren’t the colors something else?! I feel good just looking at it, little alone noming on it. And insanely easy really makes this dish a necessity in life. Thanks for stopping by Anu!

    • Meg -

      Thanks so much Natalie! Every time I mix up the dressing I really do think about everything I could pour it on. Sometimes, I add a little more tahini to make it thicker and it becomes a whole new sauce to play with. Please let me know what you think when you make it. Thanks again chica!

  5. Laura Dembowski -

    I’m so glad you left a comment on my blog so I could find yours – it’s amazing!!! I’m excited to try this salad, because fun salads are my life, but let’s talk important stuff: ac.

    I also love sleeping on the couch because I have to be cool. It’s also comfy and small and fits me perfectly. We keep the air on 68, but I also have to have the ceiling fan on as well as a little table fan. I would die without my table fan. It’s the bomb.

    • Meg -

      Hi Amy! I don’t know precisely, but I heard somewhere (long ago) that noodles double or double + a half when cooked. So with that in mind, I would try for maybe 12-14 ounces. Depending on how your noodles are packaged you could always start with less and add more in if need be. The great thing with this recipe is it can easily be personalized and adjusted. So whatever ratio of noodles you’d like will work. :)
      Hope that helps.
      Happy Noodling!

  6. Danielle -

    I had this for lunch today! This was really simple to make and it tasted great. I dressed the salad before I left this morning and it was still perfect at noon. :)

  7. Cris -

    Just found your salad and I’m excited to make it this weekend as we start the fall off with the goal of Eating More Veggies.

    We are temperature sisters for sure! We live in a rowhouse and our upstairs never gets cool enough for sleeping in my view. We’ve put a super-powerful room only unit that we run at night. We close the bedroom door and crank the thing. It is the only way I survive, and I don’t have to sleep in the basement!

    • Meg -

      Hey sis! So glad you get me ;)
      Love your goal Cris – there are lots of veggies here on Noming so once you’ve taken on this Soba Salad I’m sure you’ll find something else to veggie on :)

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