Bowl of sesame buckwheat soba noodle salad with green onions, topped with sesame seeds. A pair of chopsticks rests on the side of the bowl.

Soba Noodle Salad

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Vegan

These incredible soba noodles with sesame sauce can be served hot from the pan or as a light and refreshing cold soba noodle salad.



  • 8 ounces soba noodles (226 g)
  • 3 tbsp tamari or soy sauce (44 mL)
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil (45 g)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (20 g)
  • 1 tbsp light miso paste (23 g)
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar (15 mL)
  • 3 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced, diagonally 
  • toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
  • toasted nori, thinly sliced, for garnish, optional


  1. Make the Sesame Sauce: Start boiling a large pot of water for the noodles then, in a medium bowl, whisk together the tamari, sesame oil, maple syrup, miso, vinegar and garlic until smooth and combined. Set aside.
  2. Cook the Soba Noodles: Cook the soba noodles according to the package instructions or once the water is fully boiling, cook noodles for about 3-4 mins, until just tender. When the noodles are done, using a strainer, rinse well under cool running water, tossing them to remove excess starch. 
  3. Cook Green Onions: In a large non-stick skillet, heat 2 tsp oil over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add most of the green onions, reserving some for topping.  Cook for 1 min, stirring often, until tender. 
  4. For Cold Soba Noodle Salad: Add the sauce and noodles to the pan with the green onions or add the green onions, sauce and noodles to a large mixing bowl and toss to coat the noodles in the sauce.
  5. For Hot Sesame Noodles: Add the sauce and noodles to the pan with the green onions, toss and cook for 1-2 minutes to heat through.
  6. Serve: Divide noodles between bowls. Top with toasted sesame seeds, remaining green onions, and nori, if using. Can be served warm, at room temperature or chilled.


Optional Toppings: Stir fried veggies, baked tofu. If serving with stir-fried veggies and/or tofu, make sure those are prepared and cooked before you start the noodles, as it all happens very fast! 

For the most flavourful, nutty sesame seeds for garnish, buy toasted sesame seeds or toast your own for 2-3 minutes in a pan on the stovetop over medium heat until lightly browned. 


  • Serving Size: 1/3 of recipe
  • Calories: 429
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Carbohydrates: 67 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 13 g

Keywords: soba noodle salad, sesame soba noodles