How To Make Cold Soba Noodles
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Quick Dinner: How To Make Cold Soba Noodles



I've been making these Cold Soba Noodles for years and they always attract new fans (even ones that are gluten-free). How good are they? Just ask some of my family and friends who make them all the time (or at least that's what they tell me). When my husband and I first started dating I think I made them weekly if not more. I can't say if they're the reason why he married me, but now that I've got kids and need to keep a few ready-to-eat dishes in the fridge at all times, these noodles are usually always on hand.

Cold Soba Noodles are beyond easy to make, perfect for a party (especially when you need to bring a dish big enough to serve a crowd), and I guarantee they'll be quite popular dish with both the younger and older sets alike!

Image by Maren Caruso

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  1. Andree

    September 29, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I have a soy intolerance. Can you recommend an alternative protein that would work cold? Would love to keep the dish vegetarian.

    • catherine

      October 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      You can leave out the tofu altogether and increase the veggies! I’m not sure what else you could use in place of the tofu that would be the same texture.

  2. jane

    September 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Making this tonight! I have a 16oz package of Soba noodles but not sure how much you use, was that the same size as your brand? Love love your site!

  3. McCourt

    September 20, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    LOVE soba noodles! Had these in Japan a lot. I can not find buckwheat soba where I live, where did you find yours (I’m in Calif)?

    THANK YOU!!!! LOVE your website and your recipes! You are so fun to watch!

    • catherine

      September 21, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Whole Foods or Gelson’s!

  4. Janine

    September 20, 2012 at 11:17 am

    My son is allergic to sesame, so I would have to use something other than sesame oil. Is sesame oil used simply for flavoring? What would you recommend as a substitution?

    • catherine

      September 20, 2012 at 11:24 am

      It adds tons of flavor! You can absolutely leave it out, though!

  5. Elva

    September 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    My girls are allergic to nuts. Can you suggest something other than peanut butter or almond butter?

    • catherine

      September 20, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Sunflower seed butter! Tastes and acts just like peanut butter!

  6. Celina

    September 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    We’ve been making this and our kids love it too. Kenya is adorable, BTW!

  7. Carrie

    September 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    What can I use in place of the tofu?

    • catherine

      September 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      The tofu is just a topping suggestion! You can leave it out all together if you’d like.

  8. Kirstin

    September 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    OMG…I could just eat Kenya up! Love the enthusiasm.

  9. Ruth

    September 19, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    cute video, and the recipe looks yummy! Definitely on the “try-out” list!

  10. Elissa

    September 19, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Looks delicious. I’m going to run home and make it tonight :)

  11. Ora

    September 19, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Love the video! I’m going to make and take Cold Soba Noodles to the next church pot-luck.

  12. Jen

    September 19, 2012 at 11:13 am

    My family doesn’t like mayonnaise. Is there an alternative you can suggest?

    • catherine

      September 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      You could use tofu instead!

  13. Kelly G

    September 19, 2012 at 10:44 am

    My kids just watched this with me and we decided to make them tonight! We have all the ingredients already. Yum!!

  14. Deena Wahlin

    September 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Your website looks awesome! I have been following you since before my 3 year old daughter was born.
    My daughter too gets excited when she see’s the video’s and loves to help me make the dish. She also says your kiddos are “so funny, mommy!” Thanks for posting! Can’t wait to try!

  15. Lauren

    September 19, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Yum. Lots of my favorite things in there!

  16. Suzy H.

    September 19, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Recipe looks great! My kitchen “helpers” are just as active. Love the video, it gets my kids excited to try it and help cook.