This Asian noodle salad with vegetables and tofu is tossed with a delicious sesame soy dressing, making it a protein-packed vegetarian meal with diverse flavors and textures.
Are you a fan of tofu? I love how it’s a light, healthy way to get my protein in, and how versatile it is as it has a way of soaking up spices and flavors. James is not the biggest fan of tofu (he only eats the silken type) but for the most part, he stays away from it. So this dish today is mine all mine. And now, yours too!
This soba salad is an excellent choice for lunch or dinner. It’s hearty enough to be the main dish, but you could also make this as a side dish and add some salmon or chicken for non-meatless days.
I use a mix of cherry tomatoes, corn, and cucumber, but this soba noodle salad is a versatile recipe that you could make with almost any vegetable on hand.
- 3 tbsps low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbsps rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp chili garlic sauce or sriracha
- 14oz package firm or extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed
- Cooking spray or vegetable oil, for cooking
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 8 oz soba noodles
- 1 cup corn kernels
- 1 seedless cucumber, sliced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- Sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
- To make the dressing, whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, sesame oil, and chili sauce or sriracha. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut tofu into 1-inch cubes and arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Coat tofu with cooking spray or vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden brown, flipping halfway through, about 40 minutes total.
- Meanwhile, cook soba noodles according to package instructions. Drain and rinse noodles under cold water, and set aside.
- When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the noodles and vegetables, and toss well to coat. Top with tofu and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
*Soba is a type of thin Japanese noodles made from buckwheat flour. If you cannot find it in your grocery store, you can substitute with whole wheat spaghetti.