Cold Asian Noodles with Sesame Seeds

Mmmm, this taste just like an authentic Asian dish.  It really is supposed to be a side dish, but we made it as the main.  I give it a 9/10!

Salad:

1- 8oz package of Soba Noodles

1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves

1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds (put your sesame seeds in the oven for just a few minutes to lightly toast them, don’t overcook!)

Some Chives (I just used some dried chives)

Chopped Red Cabbage (This really boosted the salad!)

Chopped Green Onion/ Scallions

Dressing:

2 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil (mmm, lots of flavor here)

1-3 Tbsp Liquid Aminos (a soy sauce substitute sold in health stores) (I only added 1 Tbsp, I generally take it easy on LA, but if you really like soy sauce, go for 3 Tbsp)

3 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

1 Tbsp Maple Syrup (the REAL stuff)

Other Options:  You can add hot pepper oil to the sauce if desired.  For the salad, you can add sliced radishes if desired.

Cook Soba Noodles according to package directions.  Drain and rinse in colander with cold water.  Combine sesame oil, liquid aminos, vinegar, and maple syrup in bowl and whisk together.  If desired at this point, LIGHTLY sautee your cabbage, green onion, chives, and cilantro.  Place drained noodles in large bowl, add dressing, vegetables/ spices, and toasted sesame seeds.  Toss until fully coated.  Makes about 4 servings, or 6 if this is only a side dish.

Original Recipe found here.

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