Makes 4 to 6 servings / The full-bodied aroma of sesame seeds and toasted sesame oil gives this dish deep flavor. Add steamed broccoli and tofu to make a nutritionally complete one-dish meal. Great for lunch boxes, too!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 to 12 minutes

Salad:

1 8-ounce package soba noodles
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds


Dressing:

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons tamari or shoyu
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon hot pepper oil


Optional:

Chopped red cabbage
Finely sliced radishes
Pan-fried tofu cubes
Steamed broccoli florets
Sliced scallions

1. Cook soba noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse in colander.

2. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl; whisk together.

3. Place drained noodles in a large bowl. Add dressing, cilantro and sesame seeds; toss gently. Add optional chopped vegetables and toss again.