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Soba noodles mixed with cherry tomatoes, green onions, kalamata olives, green beans and sesame seeds in a white bowl with chopsticks on top
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Cold Soba Noodle Salad

Asian-inspired, make-ahead, colorful Cold Soba Noodle Salad with tomatoes, Kalamata olives, fresh basil, green beans, scallions, sesame seeds and a lemony sesame dressing.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Keyword cold soba noodle salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 side dishes
Calories 268kcal


  • 1 9.5 oz. package soba noodles (3 bundles)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 small lemons, juiced
  • 3 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 cups green beans, cut in thirds and blanched
  • 6 Tbsp Kalamata olives, sliced
  • 15 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 6 Tbsp yellow or orange tomato, chopped, (or yellow cherry tomatoes cut in quarters)
  • 24 basil leaves, torn in a few pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • green onions (scallions), the green tops, chopped for topping
  • sesame seeds for garnish


  • Cook the soba noodles in unsalted boiling water until done but not mushy. Soba noodles cook in about 7 to 8 minutes. Drain them and add them to a large bowl of cold water. Swish the noodles gently to cool and not stick together. Drain in a colander and set aside
  • Combine olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and toasted sesame oil in a bowl for the dressing and whisk together. Set aside
  • Add your cut green beans to boiling water and bring back to a boil. Blanch them for about 2 minutes then drain and add to a bowl of very cold water or ice water to cool and stop cooking. When they are cooled, drain them in a colander.
  • Add the cooked soba noodles to a large bowl. Toss in the green beans and the Kalamata olives, both colors of tomatoes and the fresh basil leaves.
  • Pour the dressing over the noodle salad and gently combine with salad tongs or a couple forks. Taste for salt and add some if needed.
  • Top with chopped green onions (scallions) and sesame seeds.
  • Can be eaten right away or covered and chilled in the refrigerator.


  • Take the chilled Soba Noodle Salad out of the refrigerator for about 5 - 10 minutes before serving for best flavors.
  • Will keep in the refrigerator for about 2 days.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 465mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg