Sesame noodles are so tasty, and nutritious as well. Here’s a versatile recipe (you can change up the vegetables) and the dressing will store in the refrigerator for awhile (up to 1 week). It does contain peanut butter (if there are allergies, you will want to omit) and if you’re looking for a gluten free recipe, make sure you get 100% buckwheat noodles (not made in plant where wheat pasta is also produced).
- 1 pound soba noodles
- 1 2″ piece of fresh ginger
- 1/2 cup oil (olive or sunflower)
- 3-4 fresh garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup sherry
- 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon chili oil (optional)
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- cayenne to taste (if you like it hot)
Vegetables and herbs
- You can use a combination of any of the following: carrots, radishes, scallions, cooked broccoli or cauliflower, edamame beans, green peas, snow peas or any other fresh vegetable that sounds interesting and good to you.
- Use any of these fresh herbs or a combination of several: fresh mint, cilantro or thai basil.
- Cook noodles according to directions, rinse with cold water and drain well.
- Peel the garlic and ginger and roughly chop.
- Place garlic, ginger and remaining dressing ingredients in blender and process until smooth. If it’s thicker than you like, you can thin with a little warm water (try a couple tablespoons, if still too thick, add more – this is a personal preference.)
- Prepare the vegetables: I used a mandoline for the carrots, but you can grate or slice in thin rounds, slice peppers, scallions, etc. I quickly stir-fried the edamame beans in some sesame oil, but you can just blanche if you like. Use raw broccoli or cauliflower or blanche for a few minutes and refresh in cold water – will make it more tender and colorful but not necessary if you prefer it raw (or don’t have the time!) Add vegetables to bowl with noodles.
- Chop herbs – add to noodles.
- Toss all with the dressing (I toss with my hand covered with a disposable kitchen glove which is easier than using tongs or spoons – just toss the glove away).
- Serve with slices of lime – yummy!