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Savory Sesame Soba Salad


I can’t even get over this because IT WAS THAT GOOD. When I moved to Boston, I can honestly say I had never been to a Whole Foods before. The closest one in Maine was Portland and Ithaca was graced with Wegman’s. With a Whole Foods up the street from MGH and my apartment, I frequent it quite often and stop by their Prepared Food Bar, especially on nights when cooking just seems like an ordeal. I’ve had their sesame noodle salad before and decided to try my hand at my own version. I added beef, cucumber and bell pepper to mine. I served it cold like Whole Foods and it was just what I needed on a near 60°F day in Boston. (Yep, that’s right. Kicking off February with crazy warm weather.) This recipe for Sesame Beef Soba Noodle Salad is definitely here to stay.

Ingredients (serves 4-6).

  • 1 package soba noodles
  • 1 c baby carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 large cucumber, julienne sliced
  • 3-4 scallions, chopped
  • 1/3 c cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 T plus 1 t sesame oil
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 1½ t minced garlic
  • 1½ T reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 T sesame seeds
  • 8 oz stir fry cut beef (comes pre-cut in long strips)
  • Lime wedges to garnish


  1. In a large pot of saucepan, boil water and baby carrots. Once boiling, add soba noodles and cook until tender, about 6-8 min. Drain and rinse with cold water. Leave noodles and carrots in strainer to allow any excess water to drain.
  2. While the noodles cook, combine pepper through cilantro in a large bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  3. In a skillet or wok, heat 1 t sesame oil with 1/2 t minced garlic over medium heat. Once oil is hot and sizzling, place beef strips. Allow meat to cook about 2-3 min per side. Once cooked to desired doneness (i.e. rare, medium, etc.), remove from heat and let rest for 5 min. Slice beef into about 1 inch strips.
  4. Add cooled soba noodles and carrots to large veggie bowl. Stir in beef, including the garlic and residual juices left from cooking the meat.
  5. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the noodles. Add remainder of sesame oil and minced garlic. Mix in sesame seeds, ground ginger and soy sauce. Mix well.
  6. Plate “salad” and garnish with lime wedge.
  7. Enjoy!

Inspired by Whole Foods Market’s Sesame Noodle Salad from their hot/cold Prepared Food Bar.



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