This light-tasting recipe comes from Jason Kang, one of Chatelaine’s designers. Ever since he treated the kitchen staff to his cold noodle salad, we often make it as a side dish for dinner, then bring the leftovers to work for lunch. You can add smoked salmon or shrimp, but it’s fabulous without it.
Soba noodles are Japanese buckwheat noodles. The dark buckwheat flour gives the noodles a brownish-grey colour. They are high in protein and lower in calories than regular pasta. A cup (250 mL) of cooked noodles has 6 grams of protein and only 113 calories.
From the sea
These noodles are a perfect match with seafood. Just before serving, add flaked real or imitation crab meat, cooked baby shrimp, small pieces of leftover cooked salmon or slices of smoked salmon. Or tear nori (sheets of dried seaweed that are used for wrapping sushi, sold in the Asian section of supermarkets) into small pieces and scatter over salad.