This recipe was a result of a happy accident. I was in the process of trying to whip up a few lighter salad dressing to have on hand in hopes that they would help me eat more salad. A simple combination of wasabi-sesame-honey something or another dressing was in my mind. I botched the ratios and was ready to toss it and start over. The result was too overwhelming for what I had in mind for a salad, but instead of wasting it, I decided to try it with some soba noodles hiding in the back of the pantry. Once noodles and dressing chilled, I added some cucumber and toasted sesame seeds, plus a smidgen of fresh cilantro. Delightful!
Although I used soba noodles, substitute any favorite noodle that you like. Just be sure to adjust the dressing amount as needed.
If you’re a wasabi fan, I think you’ll like this one. My teenage daughter even enjoyed it, requesting some ahi tuna after a few bites to toss in. Um … right … I just happen to have ahi tuna on hand, dear daughter. Yeah, not so much. But it was a good idea. So, if you have ahi tuna, this would be a nice compliment. Just take my teenage daughter’s word for it.
I do admit these noodles triggered a big craving for sushi. No wonder, all the pieces and parts are there. Except for the tuna. Wasabi and sushi fans, try this one and let me know how you like it.
- 3 tablespoons wasabi powder
- 2 tablespoons warm water
- 5 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons sesame seed oil
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice
- 8 ounce, weight dry soba noodles (or favorite noodles or pasta)
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
- ⅓ cup cucumber, seeded and diced/ chopped
- garnish with fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
- For dressing/marinade, whisk together wasabi powder, warm water, honey, sesame oil, lime (or lemon) juice, and soy sauce until well combined. (Note: Makes about 8 ounces. Only half will be used for per 8 ounce package of noodles.)
- Cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain noodles. While still warm, gently toss with 4 ounces of dressing/marinade. Gently! Cover and refrigerate until cooled.
- Once cool, add chopped cucumber, toasted sesame seeds. Gently toss to incorporate. Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired.
For other noodle-inspired dishes, check out How to Build a Better Bowl of Noodles from CookingLight.com.