Miso Lime Soba Noodles


Summer is here! After a few days of chilly early Spring air, the temperature has risen back into the 70s and it looks like it’s just going to go up from here! There are so many reasons why I love summer. Of course, number 1 is the watermelon.  I’ve always been a huge fan, and that hasn’t at all changed since entering into adulthood. I also love cold noodles.  Specifically cold soba noodles.

It wasn’t until last week that I noticed the price of soba made only with buckwheat.  Most soba is made using a mix of buckwheat and wheat flour. The color is lighter, and the flavor is more mild.  However, I prefer pure buckwheat soba for it’s earthier flavor and higher nutritional content.
So when I noticed that a small bag of soba cost $8 at the grocery store (I usually buy in bulk from another store and pay about $4 for the same amount), I found myself facing a dilemma. Pay this crazy amount for a bag of noodles, or try something new… On the shelf next to the noodles was a bag of black bean spaghetti. On the ingredient list it read: black beans, water. So I dropped the black bean spaghetti into my basket and prayed to God on my way home that it would be a suitable alternative to soba noodles in this dish.

Fast forward to the actually making of these Miso Lime Soba Noodles sans the soba. I’ve got to say, black bean spaghetti is not nearly as good in this dish.  The spaghetti is firm and chewy.  It seems as though it is made using the protein part of the black beans, sort of how seitan is made using the gluten from wheat. Soba noodles have a more pleasant texture that compliments any dish, while these noodles distracted.  At $3.50 a bag, the price is decent; but I think I’d rather splurge on soba, or at least buy the more popular kind made with wheat.

This Miso Lime Soba is perfect for a warm summer day. Not only is it beautiful and healthy, it’s a burst of flavor. The cucumber balances the dish with its coolness, while the lime adds the perfect amount of “zest”. Perfect to make for a picnic or gathering.  This dish is easy, yet impressive!

Miso Lime Soba Noodles
1 package Soba noodles
1 cucumber, peeled and diced
2 cups red cabbage, shredded
2 scallions, white parts dices and green saved 
Miso Lime Sauce:
2 tbsp miso
juice of 1/2 lime (changed from original post which mistakenly called for 2 limes)
1 tbsp coconut nectar (or honey, agave)
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp ginger, minced
1 tsp nama shoyu/ soy sauce 
black sesame seeds
Prepare the soba noodles. Add the packet of noodles to a pot full of boiling water. Cook for 5 or 6 minutes then drain and rinse under cold water. Place noodles in a large bowl with cucumber, red cabbage and scallions. Set aside and make the sauce.
Add all sauce ingredients to a bowl and stir well to combine. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss to coat.  Allow the noodles to marinate a few minutes before serving. Serve with a sprinkling of sesame seeds and the diced green parts of the scallions. 

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03250024810275821678 janet @ the taste space

    Yeah, those 100% buckwheat soba noodles are super pricy! Sorry to hear the black bean noodles weren’t as good. I bet kelp noodles would work, though. I think I’ll try this with that instead. :) Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14952359002744629140 Eileen

    Those look beautiful–I love the color contarst! And what a great idea for cool summer dinners. :)

  • http://bit.ly/KezAWQ Suzi

    Beautiful noodle dish. Soba, miso and limes, perfect.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04498026844891171126 Steph

    I am a new lover of soba noodles, something about the texture has got me hooked!! This sounds DELISH!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16730225675873544603 RawGuru

    Yumyum! I can picture myself enjoying this for a picnic this summer. I’m tempted to try it out with kelp noodles instead of soba too. Thanks for the great recipe, Jenne!

  • http://glutenfreehappytummy.com/ glutenfreehappytummy.com

    WOW that looks amazing! and what gorgeous presentation! thanks for sharing!

  • http://thatwasvegan.wordpress.com/ Barb@ThatWasVegan

    That looks great, and I’ll stick with the soba noodles for sure!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11504948204624142238 Jenné

    Hey Guys. Thanks for the lovely comments. I do think this would be great with kelp noodles, or zucchini, or anything! I did have to make a correction in the recipe. Sorry I didn’t notice it before, but the original recipe called for 2 limes, it should only by 1/2 a lime!


  • http://compassionatecuisine.wordpress.com/ compassionatecuisine

    Uh, that miso lime sauce seems amazing! I’m going to buy some purple cabbage to try this recipe :)

    By the way, your blog is beautiful! And I love your cooking shows, they are so adorable… Especially nº 11 “vegan french toast”, that one was really funny!

  • Baz Wagstaff

    Hi Jenné, would this serve 4 people or more?

    • http://www.sweetpotatosoul.com/ Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul

      Hey Baz! It can serve 4 :)

      • Baz Wagstaff

        hello Jenné, thank you, I going to serve it next sunday for a group of 18 hungry Yogi’s..

        • http://www.sweetpotatosoul.com/ Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul

          Yay!! Let me know how they like them :)