Soba Noodle Salad

Soba noodle salad - Japanese buckwheat soba noodles

The few warm days left before the coldness sets in gets us craving a bowl of buck-wheat soba noodles. Like me, they might not be super attractive but with their wabi-sabi colour, al-dente bite & earthy flavour they’ve secured a place in our stomachs forever. This is a soba noodle salad dish we make all the time. It’s super easy & super delicious.

Soba Noodle Salad

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time9 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: soba noodles, buckwheat soba noodles, soba, Japanese noodles
Servings: 2 people


Soba noodles

  • 1 pack soba noodles buckwheat


  • 2 tbsp konbu dashi
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 60 gram Takana (pickled mustard greens) roughly chopped
  • 4 tbsp takana pickle sauce
  • 1/4 ice berg lettuce


  • Japanese mayonnaise watch video for the cool method
  • shichimi shake & sprinkle



  • Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil
  • Add the noodles & cook for 4 minutes-ish & drain
  • rinse under cold water, kind of important to wash & cool the noodles


  • chop the lettuce into something more civilised
  • throw everything into a mixing-type bowl & make mixing-like actions



Easy to make, easy to mess up. If you over-cook any noodle they'll turn to mush. Just don't do it. Stop it. Stop it now. 4 minutes is usually plenty of time for most noodles AND once you take them out they're still hot so they're still cooking anyway. Oh & Japanese Mustard Greens are called Takana pickles in Japanese & you can buy them from us sometimes. Shichimi is also called Togarashi & is a 7 spice mix.
Summer noodles yep, good with sake yep, brown, earthy, hearty & comforting, yep yep & yep. For your reference, no one in Japan parties on New Years Eve, they spend the day cleaning their house or business (o'souji) or whatever and then they all go home & eat soba noodles because they're long & lucky, so to eat them on New Years Eve signifies a prosperous & long new year. And then around midnight, everyone heads to the Local Shrine & rings the huge bell, prays & drinks awful tasting nigori-type sake, goes home, sleeps & wakes up to a super clean life ready for the new year.


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