Soba for the Summer

One of our favorite summer time staples is soba noodles. These thin straight noodles are made from buckwheat and are found throughout Asia, particularly in Japan and Korea. They can be enjoyed hot, but they are really delicious when they are cold. And they only take a few minutes to make!

Simply boil these noodles for 3-4 minutes, drain, rinse in cold water and then set in an ice water bath. Pull your strainer and noodles out right before it's time to serve. The cold water stops the cooking so the noodles stay perky and chewy.

We love these because they offer a fun low-gluten or gluten-free alternative to many noodles. Plus, we don't eat a lot of buckwheat otherwise, so these are a great way to introduce variety into our diet. They do well in salads, or serve chilled and dipped into a cold broth.

We love these tossed with shredded cabbage, carrots, chicken, and matchstick cucumbers, and then dressed with a sesame or peanut dressing. And you can't beat these dipped into an icy cold bowl of tsuyu sauce.

Find these at your local Asian market with the other dried noodles.

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