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10 minute Asian noodle salad

If you love to slave away for hours on a weeknight making a dish while your family is hungry, grumpy, and impatient, this recipe is not for you.

If you love something that comes together from start to finish in 10 minutes, please keep reading.

My aunt made me a version of this salad almost 10 years ago when I was staying with her for a few nights.  I was instantly hooked and have made iterations of it ever since.

10 Minute Asian Noodle Salad
8 oz soba noodles
3 stalks of celery, sliced thinly
4 green onions, sliced into small pieces
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp soy sauce*
1 tbsp and 1 tsp rice vinegar*
1 tsp sesame oil*
1/4 tsp sambal oelek

*if you are making this to serve the next day, increase the soy sauce by 1 tbsp, the rice vinegar by 1 tsp, and the sesame oil by 1/2 tsp.

1) Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil, and add the soba noodles.  Set the timer for 6 minutes.

2) While the noodles are cooking, slice up the celery and green onions.  Toss in a bowl with the sesame seeds, and the liquids.

Thanks to my brother-in-law’s suggestion, we call this “hot cock sauce”

3) Pour the cooked noodles in a strainer, and instantly blast with cold water until the noodles have cooled.

4) Add the noodles to the veggies and sauce in the bowl, and toss to coat

The beauty of this dish is that you can add so much to it to suit your needs.  Shrimp, BBQ pork, shredded cabbage, snap peas, or peppers (if you hate yourself and like those disgusting things) are all great options!

It keeps beautifully in the fridge for up to three days and can be served cold or hot.

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10 comments on “10 minute Asian noodle salad”

  1. I was intrigued by this recipe. I’ve never cooked with Soba noodles but with the promise of a quick and tasty meal, I decided to give it a shot. It was super easy to throw together and was very flavorful even with so few ingredients. This recipe will be added into the weeknight rotation. Thanks!

  2. Amazing Asian noodles!  

  3. Tried this last night – it is super easy! I added more veggies – some carrots, cabbage, and red bell peppers. Packed some for my lunch today, I like it cold.

  4. Love that you call it “hot cock”! That’s what we call sriracha! This looks yummy and super easy, I’ll have to try it. Thx! -Heather

  5. Love this recipe! I will be trying it soon. thank you so much for sharing. And quick recipes that also taste great and are a little different are a huge plus for me. Thank you!
    ~Erin

  6. YUM! YUM!! It’s always nice to have a Go To tried and true standby! I’m going to share this with Amber – it’s right up her alley!

  7. Yum! I wonder if you could serve it hot too? I love hot foods but a nice cold salad is always good in the summer months 🙂

  8. Our favorite sushi restaurant serves a small portion of a variation of this as an amuse-bouche. The only difference is they replace the chili sauce for wasabi. Thanks for the recipe!