Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Butter Dressing

Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce | #recipe

I have been savings tons of noodle-based salads on Pinterest, even though I rarely eat salads at home and I eat noodle salads even less frequently. However, I’ve been totally smitten with the idea of them recently – a totally satisfying meal that has carbs and that also piles in fresh vegetables, as well. On Sunday, I went surfing through my pinned salads, looking for something I could make to keep in the fridge throughout the week, and that preferably only required ingredients that I already had in my kitchen. The Pinterest gods brought me to this recipe and I whipped it together in less than 30 minutes, and… my Chief Culinary Consultant and I both LOVED it! Success!

Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce | #recipe

I love that I can eat this straight from the refrigerator, and that it is full of veggies, while also indulging my peanut butter-loving side. The dressing is a spicy peanut butter, soy and sesame-based sauce, which I could probably eat all by itself. If you don’t care for spicy foods, simply omit the red pepper flakes in the recipe. I think it goes without saying, but feel free to add or substitute any of your favorite vegetables for the cucumber, pepper and carrots. Those are traditionally used in Asian dishes, but you could absolutely use whatever you’d like.

While this could keep in the refrigerator for up to five days, it barely lasted three in our house with just the two of us… And I made a batch and a half. Obviously, we really, really enjoyed it. I was sad to see it go so soon!

Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce | #recipe

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Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Butter Dressing

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Soba noodle salad with red peppers, cucumbers and carrots,
with a spicy peanut butter dressing.


1 (10-ounce) package soba noodles, cooked and cooled
⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1¾ teaspoons sesame oil
1¾ teaspoons grated peeled ginger
½ to ¾ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cucumber, diced small
1 red bell pepper, diced small
1 cup shredded carrots
1 green onion, thinly sliced, divided
Sesame seeds, garnish (optional)


1. In a large bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger and red pepper flakes.

2. Add the cooked and cooled soba noodles to the bowl and toss to evenly coat with the dressing. Add the cucumber, red pepper, carrots, and the white parts of the green onions, and toss to combine. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

3. Serve and top with the reserved green parts of the green onion and sesame seeds, if desired. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

(Recipe adapted from The Baker Chick)


13 Responses to “Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Butter Dressing”

  1. amanda @ fake ginger on July 23, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Cold peanut noodles are my favorite thing ever! I can’t wait to try your version!


  2. jenna @ just j.faye on July 23, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Spicy peanut butter dressing? Yes, please!


  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks on July 23, 2014 at 2:02 am

    The spicy peanut butter, soy and sesame-based sauce I COULD eat by itself. That’s totally my thing! Love that. And the noodles, awesome. And these images are so bright and cheery and wonderful – pinned!


  4. Laura on July 23, 2014 at 9:01 am

    There’s no question that Pinterest taught me to cook! When I first got married, I could barely make Mac N Cheese from a box and now……gasp, I could actually attempt this recipe and it will probably come out pretty good!

    I love the peanut butter sauce, who doesn’t love PB? I’m new to the saba noodle scene but should try it and break out of my boring mould. Thanks for sharing!


  5. Kate @ Babaganosh on July 23, 2014 at 9:38 am

    That looks good! I was just going to make beef and cabbage stir fry with a very similar sauce today to eat over soba noodles. Perhaps I’ll eat the leftovers cold and add some fresh cucumbers and bell peppers to turn it into a salad, that sounds refreshing for a summer meal.


  6. Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat on July 23, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Great idea! I think I could drink this dressing. Love that you added the chili pepper flakes! Ayayay


  7. Jen of My Tiny Oven on July 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I love this kind of salad! Such a great summer meal!!


  8. Lori @ RecipeGirl on July 23, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Totally my kind of dinner! So delicious!


  9. Holly on July 25, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Hi! I just adore your blog! I Have tried too many recipes to count and have loved them all! Question on this one….do you think any other type of noodle would work with this? My family is not a fan of soba though I could devour this entire recipe. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!


    • Michelle on July 26th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Hi Holly, I think you could use regular spaghetti noodles, or something like rice noodles would work, as well.


  10. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen on July 27, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Cold soba noodle salad is one of my favorites and yours looks addicting. Definitely will only last 2-3 days in my house! Pinning this for later!


  11. Heather on August 2, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Just made this today and it was great! Eagerly looking forward to eating the leftovers for lunch throughout the week!


  12. Terry on March 4, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Made. This today. Absolutely dreadful. Made it as directed it was a gloppy tasteless mess


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