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Cold soba noodle salad

The Best Cold Vegan Soba Noodle Salad

Author Chef Summer Storm - garden grub
Cold soba noodles are tossed with a tahini dressing and laid over a bed of greens, then topped with crispy shiitake mushrooms, cucumber, green onion, and white sesame seeds. This recipe is super easy and quick to make!
3 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Japanese
Servings 3 people


Crispy Shiitake Mushrooms

  • Two 5 ounce containers shiitake mushrooms (stems removed), thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Tahini Miso Dressing


  • Baby arugula
  • Cucumber, thinly sliced into rounds
  • Green onion, thinly sliced
  • White sesame seeds


  • Boil the noodles according to their package instructions. Then drain and rinse them under cold water to completely stop them from cooking. Finally, dump the noodles in a container of ice-cold water to keep cold and separated while preparing the rest of the recipe.

Crispy Shiitake Mushrooms

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large sheet pan with a piece of parchment paper.
  • Drizzle the shiitake mushroom slices with the olive oil and quickly toss them to distribute the oil evenly. Then, season them with salt and pepper, toss well, and evenly lay them across the prepared pan.
  • Bake them on the middle oven rack for 15 minutes. Then, flip them over and bake them for another 15 minutes or until crispy to your liking.

Tahini Miso Dressing

  • Add all of the ingredients into a bowl and stir until well combined and completely smooth.

How to Assemble the Salad

  • Drain off the soba noodles from the water. Make sure they are COMPLETELY drained, so give the stainer a bunch of shakes. Otherwise, it will make the sauce watery.
  • Add the noodles into a mixing bowl and toss them with all of the dressing until evenly combined.
  • To build a salad, first place down your desired amount of arugula. Then top it with your desired amount of noodles, followed by cucumber slices, crispy shiitakes mushrooms, green onions, and sesame seeds. Each ingredient for assembling your salad is really a personal preference!
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