Soba noodles are yet another one of my weaknesses. Especially King Soba brand. They have the COOLEST flavours. The pumkin, ginger and rice are my favorite, but a close second are the black rice noodles. They go with anything and everything, not to mention they have a perfect consistency. I used the Millet & Brown rice noodles here simply because I wanted the pesto to be the main focus of this dish.
I made up a pesto with whatever I had left over in the fridge and added lots of garlic. You could use any type of noodle or pasta or grain with this. I imagine quinoa or pasta shells or vermicelli would be awesome! Also, I was thinking that maybe excluding the noodles and adding a few more veggies (like more peas!) would make for a good wrap or pita! Even slicing, rather than chopping, the vegetables could make for a good pesto sandwich! SO MANY POSSIBILITIES. This salad kept will in the fridge for a few days which meant I had a bunch of at-school-meals all prepped.
SOBA PESTO SALAD (serves 4):
- 250g Soba noodles (I package of King Soba Millet & Brown Rice noodles)
- 2 cups spinach, roughly chopped
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 4 brown mushrooms, chopped
- 1 medium cucumber, chopped
- 1/2 cup peas
- 2 tablespoons hemp hearts/seeds
- 1 4 inch x 4 inch cube of Extra Firm Tofu
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup basil
- 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 1/2 avocado
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the soba noodles according to package (about 5 minutes). Drain, refresh under cold water and set aside to cool. In a large bowl, mix the spinach, shallot, mushroom, cucumber, peas and hemp hearts with the soba noodles once they’ve cooled.
In a small bowl, crumble the cube of tofu quite finely with your hands and mix with the lemon juice and salt. Set this aside while you make the pesto.
For the pesto, blend all the ingredients in a blender (or magic bullet as I do!!) until thick and creamy.
Finally, mix the lemon-y tofu and pesto into the soba noodles and vegetables.