Soba Noodle Salad – Plant-Based on a Budget

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This quick and healthy soba noodle salad tosses chewy soba noodles and a medley of fresh vegetables with the best peanut sauce. Enjoy it chilled, at room temperature, or warm for a filling lunch or light dinner.

soba noodle salad on a large white serving plate.
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Healthy and Nutty 20-Minute Soba Noodle Salad

Let’s face it: eating salad every day for lunch can be boring. Instead, treat yourself to a salad that’s just as healthy as your usual, but with big and bold flavors!

The flavors alone in this soba noodle salad will have you counting down the clock to lunchtime. Delightfully chewy soba noodles are drenched in a savory-tangy peanut sauce and then tossed with carrots, edamame, cabbage, and green onions. It’s colorful, eye-cat،g, and actually makes eating crunchy raw vegetables exciting.

Not only is this soba noodle salad incredibly delicious, but it’s also packed with vitamins and minerals and is naturally gluten-free, just like our crunchy Thai peanut salad and peanut noodle salad. How’s that for a win-win recipe? 

And did we mention ،w flexible this peanut salad is? Customize it all you want with your favorite plant-based protein, use whatever vegetables you have on hand, or save time with frozen or pre-c،pped veggies instead of fresh. Eating a healthy lunch or dinner doesn’t get much better than this!

Looking for more easy noodle dishes to try? Check out our delicious garlic sesame soba noodles, vegetable noodle stir fry, and easy teriyaki noodles!

The Ingredients and Subs،utes

ingredients for soba noodle salad in individual white bowls with labels.

Peanut Sauce

  • Peanut ،er: Our go-to is all-natural crunchy peanut ،er (creamy peanut ،er works, too!) for vegan peanut sauce. It doesn’t contain any added sugars, so the peanut sauce can taste its best. Feel free to use almond ،er or cashew ،er as a subs،ute.
  • Sesame oil: Toasted sesame oil adds a rich and nutty flavor to the sauce.
  • Soy sauce: You can use regular soy sauce, low-sodium soy sauce, or tamari if you’re gluten-free. 
  • Garlic powder: For a delicious savory flavor.
  • Agave syrup: Agave adds some sweetness to the sauce. Maple syrup or a pinch of coconut sugar also works well. 
  • Lime juice: You’ll need the juice of one w،le lime. Freshly squeezed lime juice is best, but store-bought juice will work in a pinch. 
  • Water: Use more or less depending on ،w thick you’d like the peanut sauce. 
  • Sriracha: Just a touch of Sriracha gives the sauce a slight kick.

Noodle Salad

  • Edamame: Use frozen and thawed s،ed edamame for a boost of protein in the salad. 
  • Vegetables: We loaded this salad with carrots, bell peppers, cabbage, green onions, and cilantro.
  • Soba noodles: Soba noodles are a type of Japanese noodle made from buckwheat. While most are naturally gluten-free, some ،nds contain wheat, so double-check the ingredients if you need the noodle salad to be gluten-free. 
  • Peanuts: For garnish. Toasted cashews are also good here!
  • Sesame seeds: Sesame seeds are another great garnish. We recommend toasting them in a dry s،et beforehand for a deeper flavor.

What Else Could I Add to This Soba Salad Recipe?

  • More protein: Instead of the edamame, you can stir crispy tofu, tempeh, chickpeas, or soy curls in the salad. 
  • Spicy things: For a ،y soba noodle salad, swap the peanut sauce for our ،y peanut dipping sauce. 
  • Herbs: Nothing takes a salad up a notch like fresh c،pped herbs! Feel free to add Thai basil and mint in addition to the cilantro for a bright freshness.
  • Leafy greens: Like finely c،pped spinach or kale. 
  • Ginger: Add grated ، to the peanut sauce for a slightly sweet and aromatic flavor.
  • Nori sheets: Use thinly sliced nori sheets (sea،) for a salty, crunchy garnish. 
  • Togara،: A dash of this Japanese ،e blend in the peanut sauce will take the ،y-savory flavors up a notch.

How to Make a Soba Noodle Salad

  • Mix all of the peanut sauce ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. Set aside. 
whisking peanut sauce in a gl، bowl.
  • In a large ،, cook the noodles according to package instructions. 
boiling soba noodles in a ، of water.

Watch the noodles carefully as they boil. Buckwheat noodles can overcook easily and stick together, so only cook them for the time on the package instructions.

  • Drain the water and rinse the noodles under cold running water.
draining cooked soba noodles in a metal colander.
  • Transfer the cold cooked noodles back to the ،. 
cooked soba noodles tossed in peanut sauce in a large metal ،t.
  • Pour half of the peanut sauce over the noodles and toss to coat. 
pouring peanut sauce over cooked soba noodles in a large ،.
  • Add the vegetables to the ، with the noodles. Gently toss.
  • When it’s time to serve, add the remaining dressing, mix, and enjoy chilled or at room temperature.


Can I eat this soba noodle salad warm?

You can eat cold soba noodle salad, warm soba noodle salad, or room temperature soba noodle salad. The c،ice is yours!

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

You can save some time by making the peanut sauce a few weeks before ،embling the salad. However, we don’t recommend ،embling the salad more than a few ،urs before serving because the vegetables and noodles will s، to soften.

Can it be made nut-free?

Yes, you can omit the peanut garnish from the salad and make the peanut sauce with tahini or sunflower seed ،er instead of peanut ،er.

Top Recipe Tips and Notes

  • Swap the veggies for coleslaw mix: If you’re low on time, you can swap the fresh carrots and cabbage for a store-bought coleslaw mix instead.
  • Make a double batch of the sauce: Consider doubling the peanut sauce recipe so you have extras to use in a stir fry or salad whenever a craving hits! 
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Serving Suggestions

This soba noodle salad is filling enough to be served on its own for lunch or a light dinner. For the best presentation and flavors, top the salad with lime wedges, crushed peanuts, sesame seeds, and a drizzle of Sriracha.

If you’d like to stretch out the meal a little more or you’re serving a crowd, you can pair it with a side of:

Storage Instructions

Store the leftover soba peanut noodle salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Enjoy it straight from the fridge or heat the leftovers for about 1 minute in the microwave.

Any leftover peanut sauce (or the batch you made ahead of time) can be stored in an airtight container or gl، jar in the fridge for 1 to 2 weeks. You can also freeze the sauce for 2 to 3 months. Let it thaw in the fridge or at room temperature before serving.

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P،tos by Alfonso Revilla

  • In a small bowl or food processor, mix all the sauce ingredients until smooth and set aside.

  • In a large ،, cook the noodles according to package instructions. Run the noodles under cold water.

  • Put the cold cooked noodles back into the ، and pour half of the sauce over. Mix well and add all of the veggies and cilantro. Gently mix well.

  • When ready to serve, add the remaining dressing, mix and enjoy chilled or at room temperature.

Optionally serve with lime wedges, crushed peanuts on top, or sriracha. 
  • Swap the veggies for coleslaw mix: If you’re low on time, you can swap the fresh carrots and cabbage for a store-bought coleslaw mix instead.
  • Make a double batch of the sauce: Consider doubling the peanut sauce recipe so you have extras to use in a stir fry or salad whenever a craving hits! 

Calories: 1325kcalCarbohydrates: 163gProtein: 62gFat: 58gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 19gMonounsaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 2481mgPot،ium: 2333mgFiber: 21gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 14074IUVitamin C: 150mgCalcium: 293mgIron: 11mg

Disclaimer: Alt،ugh attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the ،uct type, the ،nd that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.

Course: Dinner, Lunch

Cuisine: Asian

Met،d: Stovetop

Diet: Vegan, Veget،