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Soba Noodle Salad and Dressing

This Soba noodle salad is made with soba noodles, which is Japanese for buckwheat, and traditionally served cold. Great for a hot day!

Soba Noodle Salad Recipe

Yield: 6-8 cups
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  • 13 ounces of dried soba noodles
  • 1 cup seasonal vegetables, cut into small pieces*
  • 1 cucumber, sliced thinly
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped – about 1/2 cup
  • 1 carrot, grated – about 1 cup
  • 1/2 head of small cabbage, shredded – about 2 cups
  • 1 cup of Sesame Lime Dressing, recipe below

*Seasonal vegetable options: 2 zucchini in summer, 2 red bell pepper in fall

Instructions for Adults

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add dried soba and boil according to package directions, or until noodles are soft. Stir occasionally.

Drain noodles and rinse under cold water. Set aside. 

Instructions for Kids

  • Slice zucchini, cucumber, green onions, and cilantro. Set aside.
  • Using the large holes on your grater, grate 1 cup of carrot and half the head of cabbage. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, put cooked soba noodles, zucchini, cucumber, green onion, carrot, and cabbage together.
  • Pour Sesame Lime Dressing over ingredients and toss together until combined. Serve immediately and enjoy!


Sesame Lime Dressing Recipe

Yield: 1 scant cup dressing


  • 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • Juice and zest from 1 lime

Instructions for Adults

Help kids measure recipe ingredients. 

Instructions for Kids

  • Use food chopper or knife to mince garlic.
  • Measure and pour sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce into a clean jar with a tight fitting lid.
  • Add minced garlic, lime juice, and lime zest.
  • Seal jar completely with lid, and shake vigorously until ingredients are well combined.


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