This minimalist dish has robust Asian flavor and lots of kick. I find it the perfect summer salad for a light dinner, or as a side dish to tamari-brushed salmon or grilled jumbo prawns.
Black Sesame Seed: Sesame seeds are thought to be one of the world’s first spices. Black sesame seed is a genuine Chinese tonic herb (known as Hei Zhi Ma) that is used to strengthen the Kidney and Liver organs, build up the quality of one’s blood cells, remedy constipation, prevent hair loss and turn prematurely gray hair black - just like a samurai. Hence my name for the dish. :) Use liberally!
Samurai Soba Salad:
1 pkg buckwheat soba noodles (I prefer the 100% gluten-free from Eden Foods)
2 Tbsp toasted/dark sesame oil
3 Tbsp peanut or walnut oil
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
¼ C each fresh chopped herbs: choose 2-3 from basil, cilantro, chives, or mint
2 ½ Tbsp black sesame seeds, toasted
few shakes red chili flakes
Boil soba in water for about 8 minutes until done, drain and flush with cold water to cool. Place cool noodles in a large serving bowl. Mix oils and vinegar into noodles and toss to fully coat. Add in herbs, sesame seeds, chili flakes and toss again before serving to delighted guests or family! Sometimes I’ll add some leftover shredded chicken into the mix or serve it over a bed of chopped cucumber, carrots, and cabbage.