There's nothing better than tucking into a crisp, crunchy, and fresh green salad in Summer. But as the weather cools, a salad has to be warm, complex and packed with flavour. And this soba noodle salad with spicy prawns is no exception. Glistening noodles adorned with ruby red pickled ginger and melt-in-your-mouth prawns, each bite will leave you wanting more. Whether you're looking for a recipe to impress your next date, or want to elevate your midweek meals, this is your new go-to.
What are soba noodles?
Soba noodles are a type of thin Japanese noodle served cold or hot. They're a lighter alternative to traditional wheat noodles; however more robust than rice noodles with a delicious earthy flavour.
What are soba noodles made of?
Every brand has a slightly different recipe for their soba noodles. While traditionally, they were made of 100% buckwheat flour and water, modern varieties often include wheat flour.
Are soba noodles gluten-free?
Soba noodles made with 100% buckwheat flour will most likely be gluten-free. However, nowadays, most soba noodles combine buckwheat flour and wheat flour, which is not gluten-free. It's essential to check the label to ensure they are gluten-free and don't contain wheat.
How to cook soba noodles?
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the noodles to cook soba noodles. Cook for 4-5 minutes (or according to package instructions) until tender. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process and set aside ready for your dish.
Are soba noodles good for you?
Yes, soba noodles are good for you. They're low in calories, high in fibre, and a good source of complex carbohydrates, iron, and B vitamins.
Soba Noodle Salad With Prawns
A nourishing and satisfying noodle salad with takes less than 15 minutes to cook.
- 200 g prawns (raw and peeled )
- 1/2 packet soba noodles
- 1/2 cup frozen edamame beans (defrosted )
- 1 cucumber
- 1/4 cup pickled ginger (thinly sliced )
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds (toasted )
- salt, pepper, olive oil
Ginger + Wasabi Dressing
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic (minced )
- 1 knob ginger (minced )
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp wasabi paste
Ginger + Wasabi Dressing
Combine all dressing ingredients into a small jar and shake until combined. Set aside.
Soba noodle salad
Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil over medium heat.
Add soba noodles to boiling water and cook until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop them sticking together.
Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Season prawns with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil and grill on each side for 2 minutes or until cooked through
Combine the soba noodles, edamame, cucumber, and pickled ginger in a bowl. Coat with dressing and mix until thoroughly coated.
Divide salad onto two plates, top with crisp, golden prawns and sprinkle with sesame seeds