Soba Noodle SaladYield 8 servings
15 ounces (1 package) dried soba noodles
1 1/2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
juice from one lime
zest of one lime
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes, or to taste (optional)
1 cup finely grated carrot
1/4 cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, optional
In a large pot, cook soba noodles according to package directions. Drain, rinse noodles with cold water, and set aside.
Pour into a large bowl the sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and lime juice. Mix in lime zest, brown sugar, garlic, and red pepper flakes; stir until sugar dissolves. Toss in carrots, peanuts, and cilantro.
Stir noodles into dressing mixture. Cover, and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Toss salad again before serving. If dry, splash with soy sauce and vinegar. Serve cold.