A wonderful, flavorful and fun salad with Japanese soba noodles. Simple and enjoyable, with a great dressing.

Oriental Noodle Salad
Recipe type: Salads and Dressings
Serves: 4 to 6
  • Salad:
  • 4 ounces chuka soba noodles
  • 1 Tablespoon Oriental sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 Cups fresh bean sprouts
  • 1/4 pound small cooked shrimp; peeled
  • 3 green onions; thinly sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1/4 pound mushrooms; thinly sliced
  • Soy Dressing:
  • 1/3 Cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 pinch Cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 Cup salad oil
  1. To prepare salad, add noodles to a large kettle of boiling salted water.
  2. When water returns to a boil and noodles come to top, cook until just tender (2 to 3 minutes). (If another type of pasta is used, follow package directions.) Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain again.
  3. In a large bowl mix noodles with sesame oil; set aside. Stir sesame seeds in a small frying pan over medium heat until lightly browned (6 to 8 minutes); cool.
  4. Add bean sprouts to a large kettle of boiling water; when it returns to a boil, remove from heat, drain, rinse with cold water, and drain again; add to noodles. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  5. To prepare Soy Dressing, mix vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, ginger, mustard, and cayenne in a small bowl. Using a whisk gradually mix in oil until blended.
Salad Yield: 4 to 6 servings. Dressing Yield: 3/4 cup.

To serve, lightly combine noodle mixture, sesame seeds, shrimp, onion, celery, mushrooms, and Soy Dressing.

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