Soba Salad with Strawberries
I found this unique recipe in the cookbook Open Kitchen by Susan Spungen, published in 2020. There is so much I love about this recipe – especially all of the flavors and colors!
The salad is really unique, with a soba noodle base, plus charred shishitos, vegetables, strawberries, and a combination of cilantro and mint. The spicy miso dressing adds that perfect amount of zing.
From the author: “To me, there is nothing more refreshing for a warm-weather lunch or dinner than a cold noodle salad. While adding strawberries to a salad like this may seem unusual, and it is, it really works. The juiciness of the berries adds a cool and sweet-tart contrast to the slight spiciness to the peppers and the salty miso dressing.”
The recipe suggests serving this fun salad cold with flank steak, which would be wonderful. Some slices of avocado would also be good in the salad. And goat cheese!
Soba Noodle Salad with Strawberries
For the dressing:
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons white miso
1 hot red chile, finely minced, or more to taste
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
For the salad:
1 – 8 or 8.8 ounce package soba noodles, cooked and rinsed
4 ounces shishito peppers (or substitute cubanelle or poblano)
2 Persian (mini) cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced on the bias into 1/4” thick half-moons
8 ounces strawberries, hulled and cut in half
1 small red chile, thinly sliced
2 scallions, white and green parts, trimmed and thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped if large
Sir the vinegar, sugar, and salt together in a small bowl until dissolved. Add the miso, chile, and oil and whisk to combine; set aside.
Place noodles in a serving bowl and toss with the dressing.
Grill the shishito peppers on a hot grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until blistered and softened. Cool, then slice on a bias, avoiding the seeds.
Top the dressed noodles with the grilled peppers, the cucumbers, strawberries, chile, scallions, mint, and cilantro and mix gently to combine.
Don’t add the strawberries until just before serving.
I absolutely loved this unique salad. And how pretty this would be for a spring luncheon?!
I’d personally make a little extra dressing next time, and toss the main ingredients in it, before adding to the noodles, then top with the cilantro and mint. The cooked noodles are delicate, so I’d leave them alone, but make sure the other ingredients get dressing.
Mimi, this would make a perfect salad for this Spring Holiday Weekend.🐣
It would!!! Happy Spring!
Such a fun and delicious salad! I adore all the beautiful springy colours.
The colors are wonderful. And the ingredients work so well together.
This is my kind of salad, right of the bat, anything with soba noodles is going to draw me to the table! Looks so lovely (especially on those plates!), and that dressing is heavenly.
It all turned out so well. I was really happy!
My mouth is watering over here; the combination of textures must be divine and your photos, wow!!!
Aww thanks. I try!
The colors are so beautiful! And I just love all of these flavors! I’ve never had strawberries with soba but definitely know I would love this!
I never have either, but it’s really a fabulous combination!
Strawberries and pasta, just what I like with Japanese flavours. Lovely Summer salad.
Thanks Mimi :))
If I have strawberries around when I’m putting a salad together they will go in. In fact I like most any fruit in a salad.
My sister and I were just talking about that last night!
Wow this is so creative! Strawberries and miso are a wonderful combination! Also, thoughts on buckwheat soba noodles? When I cooked them a few weeks ago, the water turned to jelly they were so gelatinous!
You have to really time the noodles and be on top of them, which is sometimes hard for me because I wander off! They act different because they’re not a grain. I treat them gently and usually toss them with a little oil first to make them less gelatinous.
Ah good idea, will try that next time. And yes me too, I get so distracted by other things!
This is a perfect salad for Summer Mimi, and I would love to try the dressing, that really has me fascinated. Your presentation is just delightful, the salad looks lovely on the red plates. I would love to peruse the cookbook too. Susan sounds very clever.
It’s a great cookbook. Nothing terribly redundant in it.
this sounds very tasty and refreshing and it’s so colourful! One of my fave salads is a watermelon and fetta salad and this sounds like it would be equally interesting.
Watermelon is such a great fruit to add to salads!
I might make the dressing as a dipping sauce. It all looks very good :)
It was! And it all worked really well together!
It’s only in the last few years that I started trying out adding strawberries into salads and they really do bring salads right out in flavour. Can’t wait to try this one. Thanks Mimi!
Watermelon works really well too!
That really is a beautiful salad. I can only imagine how great it must taste!
I was so happy that it was even better tasting than it looked!
Any salad with strawberries has to be good.
Yes! I’d have to agree with you! As long as they’re in season.
I love this recipe! I enjoy serving the Soba noodles, and look for new ways to use them. I think I might really enjoy this particular cookbook, too. All I can say is “Yum!”
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this cookbook. And this recipe is fabulous!
What a gorgeous salad!! I have those same red plates….think it means they need a salad topper, too!!
They do! Love my plates.
Definitely some good flavors in here! I’m not terribly fond of strawberries and salad — and I don’t know why because I’m rather fond of many other fruits in my salads. We humans are quirky if nothing else.
I’m quirky about fruit in salads that is OUT OF SEASON!!! But otherwise I’m good with it, especially if it works with the dressing/vinaigrette.
Love this fun twist on an old Japanese classic. Cold soba is a delicious way to greet the warmer weather. Have never tried it with strawberries but that would so work. If you get hit with that one in ten hot shishito pepper – the sweetness would balance the spice. Must give this a try soon.
Oh interesting! I’ve never come across a hot shishito! That would be a surprise!
This looks delicious Mimi, thank you for all these interesting recipes.
What a sweet compliment. Thank you!
Thank you for sharing this delicious and unique recipe for Soba Salad with Strawberries! I never would have thought to combine soba noodles, charred shishitos, and strawberries, but it sounds like a wonderful mix of flavors and textures.
I know. Such a different assortment of ingredients, and they work together so well!
What a delicious sounding recipe, Mimi! This really is perfect for spring with the fresh strawberries along with the charred shishitos. I love pulling out the grill, so of course the charred shishitos caught my attention straight away. Thanks for sharing!
It’s a really unique salad, and the ingredients are a perfect, albeit surprising mixture!
Mimi, this is such a fun and gorgeous salad! Were the plates made for the salad, or vice versa? ;-) They’re so perfect together. I love soba noodles and this combo of ingredients is so unique. I’m in! :-) ~Valentina
It’s really a wonderful grouping of ingredients, and it all worked so well together. The plates are Cascata – they come in really beautiful colors!
This salad looks so bright, fresh, and delicious!! I especially love the addition of mint and cilantro.
It’s so fresh and has so many different levels of flavors!
Adding noodles to this salad does seem unusual but I love noodles so I would give it a try. The red plates are exquisite! love the look
Thanks, Judee. There are so many different kinds of Asian-inspired noodle salads, and I love them all. This one was exquisite.