Cool and refreshing tahini miso and cucumber soba noodles with chickpeas – perfect for a light summer meal!
tahini miso and cucumber soba noodles

I don’t know if you know anything about NYC weather, but the cruel joke of it is that after a long and hard winter, spring FINALLY COMES and you remember why life is worth living again….

….for about 2 weeks.

And then – SUMMER.

Sweaty, humid, WHY DOES THIS ENTIRE CITY SMELL LIKE URINE summer?

I’m really making you want to keep reading right now. I can feel it.

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As of now, we are firmly in the dog days and it is not even JUNE. I can’t even think about leaving my apartment without generating a disturbing amount of boob sweat and come August I am surely going to have to pack at least three shirt changes with me everywhere I go. So sexy. (<–NOT.)

Though I have (reluctantly) turned on my oven over the past few weeks, I am also not ashamed to tell you that I will take any chance not to. Some days that means secretly buying Whole Foods salad bar and pretending to the.boy that I made it myself and some days that means eating sushi twelve multiple times a week.

But more often than not, it means cold noodle salads. For. The. Win.

They’re easy. They’re fast. And if you load them up with veggies, they are totally beach body friendly. I like.

I first stumbled across the recipe over at my friend Cookie + Kate’s blog a few weeks ago and couldn’t get it out of my head. Something about the tahini dressing just spoke to me. It said, “Girl, I know you don’t really like cucumbers, but…JUST DO IT.”

Of course, it was right.

The tahini dressing is nutty in all the right ways with a hint of miso umami and some tang from the rice vinegar and ginger. Toss it with the soba and cucumber noodles, and you have got yourself a salad. Throw in some chickpeas and it gets upgraded to a full on meal.

And to think, we only had to turn our stove on for as long as it took to BOIL WATER.

A girl could get used to this.

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Tahini Miso and Cucumber Soba Noodles
 
Cool and refreshing tahini miso and cucumber soba noodles with chickpeas - perfect for a light summer meal!
Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 oz soba noodles
  • 4 small seedless cucumbers
  • 1¾ cups chickpeas
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • ⅓ cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp red miso
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • ⅓ to ½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • sea salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the soba noodles until al dente, according to package directions. Rinse with cold water, drain, and set aside.
  2. Using a julienne peeler or a sharp knife, slice the cucumbers into skinny strips. Toss the soba noodles with the cucumber slices, chickpeas, and scallions.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the tahini, rice vinegar, ginger, miso, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. Whisk in the water to desired consistency. Season to taste with salt.
  4. Toss the noodle mixture with the tahini miso dressing and sesame seeds. Serve cold or at room temperature.
Notes
Very slightly adapted from Cookie + Kate
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ of recipe

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noodles in thai curry sauce

Noodles in Thai Curry Sauce

From Around the Web:

Soba Noodles with Sweet Ginger Scallion Sauce from Simply Reem

Peanut Sesame Slaw with Soba Noodles from Cookie + Kate

Kale + Slivered Brussels Sprout Soba Noodles from Sprouted Kitchen

Soba Noodles + Ginger Tahini + Crispy Kale, Shallots and Romaine from What’s Cooking Good Looking

Amazing Soba Bowl from The Fauxmartha

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41 Responses to Tahini Miso and Cucumber Soba Noodles

  1. I had chickpeas like five times this week. Love that you added them to this noodle salad! 🙂

  2. It looks filling, healthy and very delicious! Miso and tahini must have given the noodle some extra flavour.

  3. weather is cray cray these days everywhere – in dallas it rains all night long and it is so hot, humid, in the afternoon 🙁

    thats why we need more cold noodle salads such as this one.

  4. I want to dive head first into this girl!! Love the tahini!

  5. Krista says:

    I’m chuckling because it’s supposed to be winter in a week and today, after cold, cold, cold days, it was so warm I had to wear a sundress and sandals! Crazy!! So I’d totally go for this cold salad. 🙂

  6. Zainab says:

    Hahha it is humid hot upstate as well. Just like Spring was only a week.

  7. I heard it is supposed to be in the 60s this weekend! Which doesn’t mean I won’t be needing, and I mean needing, these pretty pretty noodles.

  8. mira says:

    Love soba noodles and the flavors in this dish are just perfect! It is supposed to get colder around here 🙁

  9. Sues says:

    I would love a big bowl of this right now- the flavors sound perfect! And yes, SO hot. But my office is sooo cold 😡

  10. Monica says:

    I know I’m not the only one craving soba and some cooler foods. I just (finally) bought tahini recently. I’m ready to start making hummus and using it for dressings like this. Love your soba dish here. I want to dig right in on one of these hot, humid days.

  11. Emily says:

    I love soba noodles. And cucumbers. And miso. And tahini. Oh, and chickpeas. This looks like an awesome lunch for summer. I love the blog Cookie + Kate, too!

  12. Marci says:

    This a great flavor combination. Soba noodles are so much lighter than regular pasta noodles and I always forget about them.

  13. Liz says:

    You are too funny! Summer sure arrived early here, too. Your noodle salad would be the perfect dinner on a hot evening 🙂

  14. I love whipping up dishes with soba noodles. & the weather is the same in NC – we hardly ever have a spring, but it’s been ok so far this year 😉

  15. woah that looks exciting! I always wanted to get more into east Asian food but I have always been rather reluctant since I don’t know how the real deal tastes like. We only get to hear about such food in our corner of the world. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  16. Heather says:

    I’m definitely dreading those hot and humid days that I know are on the way… we usually keep cooking to a minimum and use only the grill if necessary. :p

  17. This is soooo perfect for this time of year, fresh and light food! LOVE!

  18. Lori R. says:

    I have to admit since our move to NorCal, I’ve kind of lost track of the calendar. I forget it’s already getting hot and humid out your way! Despite consistent cool temps, I could seriously go for a bowl of these soba noodles!

  19. Tahini miso–what a great idea! This is a perfect hot weather lunch for a day like today. Wish I had some!

  20. Kate says:

    I admit to being a wimp. I cannot handle New York summers.

  21. Lynn says:

    I think we went straight to summer here, too. Love a cold salad – this one sounds good!

  22. The weather is mental here in the UK, so this sounds nice and comforting. I am always looking for things to make with tahini, as I use it for hummus and then wonder what to do with the rest of it.

  23. LOL. I kept reading. Because, you funny. Duh. At least you get a spring! Here in Sac, it goes from 60 degrees to 110. BAM. Popsicles and soba noodle salad for everyone!

  24. Eileen says:

    Ooh, yes! This is exactly what I want to eat when it gets too hot to move. Also, I have found that julienned cucumber is so much better than those typical huge salad chunks! It’s such a great plan to match them to the long, thin soba noodles.

  25. Oh, I do love soba noodles – if only I could get JR to understand cold noodles:-)

  26. ah the joys of boob sweat. 🙂 you are too funny, Joanne!

    Love this soba dish – I think I’d enjoy it equally hot or cold. Amazing!

  27. I’ve never bought soba noodles, i need to experiment.
    you come up with such unique recipes.

  28. Ahhh … nice! I fairly recently discovered soba noodles and am hooked. I’ve only ever had them warm with salmon, but with some of the same flavours you’ve got in these, and I loved them! Great lunch idea! (make loads and eat all week – I could go for that!)

  29. I am so making this a lot this summer! Thanks!

  30. Sarah says:

    HAHA that is SOOO true. The city does smell like urine. Cold noodle salads are the best thing ever tho.. Love this 🙂

  31. Megan says:

    I need a pack of soba noodles in my house STAT, these look amazing!

  32. easypeasy says:

    This would be awesome for the hot summer! 🙂

  33. Kelly says:

    Cold noodle salads are perfect for all those hot days. Love soba noodles! The tahini miso dressing sounds fantastic!

  34. Joanne, I love this soba noodle salad so much!!! I mean, come on. . the tahini dressing?!!! Trying this!!!

  35. I love these sorts of dishes – and the fact they are cold enough for summer but hearty enough for all year! London is yet to get hot but after experiencing it mid-summer last year, I can believe it will happen (despite what the Brits say). This will be perfect for then 🙂

  36. This looks so perfectly refreshing for our weird early start to summer!

  37. This makes me look forward to summer 🙂

  38. Johanna GGG says:

    I really need to get into tahini dressing with cold soba noodles – see it often and have only tried it once and it didn’t work for me but when you say cucumber, that is speaking my language

  39. Asha says:

    Your recipes are so lovely. This one as usual. I love love soba noodles and I’m so happy my boys love it too. This would be so nice on a warm sunny afternoon.
    Absolutely delicious looking.

  40. elly says:

    You know, I’ve actually never made anything with miso. I need to change that and this might be my gateway. Plus, I’ve already decided to make a bunch of pasta salads this summer, not only because of the heat factor but because they are easy leftovers for my kids’ lunches and I am lazy. 🙂

  41. I don’t know which is worse: the dog days of summer or harsh Minnesota winters. Hang in there! By the way I adore this dish! It’s full of so many wonderful ingredients. I can’t wait to try this!

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