Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summertime Soba Salad with Shrimp, Sprouts (green beans)

This is great for a quick and easy, cool summertime dinner! I love this recipe. 

Soba noodles have a rich, nutty flavor that is unlike any other noodle because they are made from buckwheat. Highly nutritious and full of fiber and flavor. How do I know? I found it on the Internet, of course!  (I'm a singer not a nutritionist, silly ).  

Here's how to do it:

coarse salt
1 bag of green beans (I like Trader Joe's because they are always fresh)
1 pound frozen shrimp (again....Trader Joe's) Peeled, deveined, thawed
3/4 pound soba noodles (roughly one package of noodles - not one bundle!)
3 TBL soy souce
1 TBL toasted sesame oil
1 TBL rice vinegar
1 TBL sugar
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 C fresh basil leaves, torn into smaller pieces
Bean sprouts


1. Cook the green beans by putting the bag in the microwave for 4 minutes (directions are on the bag). Alternately, you can steam or boil them until just cooked, then stop the cooking by putting them into a bowl of ice water, then strain. Set aside.

2. Fill a large pot with water and a bit of salt (about a tsp) and bring it to a boil.

3. Add the shrimp and cook until just pink, about 2 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the shrimp and set aside.

4. Bring the water up to a boil again. Add the noodles and cook for about 6 minutes, then drain the noodles and rinse under cold water.

5. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar. 

To serve, divide noodles among 4 bowls, top with shrimp & green beans. Drizzle with dressing, and sprinkle with the scallions and torn basil leaves, and bean sprouts.


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