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Soba Noodle Salad

(recipe, Sharon Broderick)

Introduction

This is a fabulous recipe from Simply Recipes.com. I made this with a bit of my own ideas, only because its what I had on hand. I took it to a picnic where I only knew a very few people and had a lot of people asking for the recipe. There are a lot of ingredients but it goes together rather easily.

Ingredients

  1. ¾ cup rice vinegar
  2. ¼ cup sugar
  3. ¾ teas salt
  4. 3 large garlic cloves, minced (I used bottled, minced)
  5. 1 jalapeno chili pepper, seeded and minced
  6. 1 chopped store-sized cucumber
  7. Zest of one lime, plus 3 Tbl of juice
  8. 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  9. 12 oz. soba noodles (I like the green tea noodles at Trader Joe's)
  10. ½ large red pepper, chopped or sliced thin)
  11. 1 large ripe mango (I used about ¼ cup thawed mango cubes from Trader Joes- cut into thirds)
  12. ½ cup shredded carrots
  13. 1 tsp. sambal red pepper sauce
  14. 1 cup or so fresh basil leaves, cut into thin pieces
  15. 1 cup chopped mint (I didn't use this but its a nice touch if you have it)
  16. 1 cup chopped roasted, salted peanuts

Steps

  1. Place the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a saucepan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes until the sugar and salt dissolves. Stir in the garlic and jalapeno, and allow to cool. Add the lime juice, lime zest, sesame oil and mix well.
  2. Cook the noodles in salted water until al dente. Drain and rinse under cool water. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with the dressing.
  3. Add the bell pepper, mango, carrots, basil and mint. Mix together. At this point you can plate the salad and serve with chopped peanuts on top, or, let sit and marinate a bit. Either way, its wonderful. I hope you like it as much as we do.