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Here we are with a Hungry Lady Salad for those days when you feel like you should eat a salad but really want a big plate of pasta.
This dish is so easy to throw together, and takes 15 minutes from start to finish. It keeps well all week in the fridge, and can be eaten cold, warm, or at room temperature. It’s really very flexible.
Watch Me Make My Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Almond Dressing
How To Make My Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Almond Dressing
Step 1. Cook your soba noodles according to package directions in salted water, usually about 5 minutes.
Step 2. Drain and toss with 1 tbsp of the sesame oil to prevent them from sticking together while you prepare the dressing and assemble the salad.
Step 3. For the dressing: combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Step 4. In a large bowl toss vegetables, half of the almonds, half of the scallions, and noodles with enough dressing to thoroughly coat it all.
Step 5. Plate on a larger platter and scatter remaining scallions and almonds on top.
Step 6. Serve room temperature or cold, it will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator!
Step 7. Enjoy!
What Else Can I Use?
- Can’t eat nuts? Use sunbutter instead of almond butter. Tahini would work too!
- Use maple syrup instead of honey to make this dish vegan
- Lots of vegetables work in this, including shaved Brussels sprouts and snap peas, so add those or swap them in if you’d like
- Note that most soba noodles you find are a blend of buckwheat, not 100% buckwheat. If you’re gluten-free, look for 100% buckwheat soba noodles. Amazon carries them.
This Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Almond Dressing is special because:
It’s a beautiful and hearty vegetarian lunch or dinner
It keeps well in the fridge for up to a week
More Warm Hungry Lady Salads:
If you make this Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Almond Dressing, and I hope you do, please leave me a comment here and rate the recipe. Your feedback means a lot to me! You can also post to Instagram and tag me so I can share your creations!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Rating: 5 out of 5.
Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Almond Dressing (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian)
- Medium pot
- 10 oz. soba noodles
- 1 large red bell pepper, sliced thin
- 4 cups green or purple cabbage, sliced thin
- 4 scallions, green and white parts sliced
- 2/3 cup roasted almonds, roughly chopped
- Kosher salt
Spicy Almond Dressing
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 5 tbsp water
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil, divided
- 5 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
- 1/4 cup chili sauce, I like Sriracha
- 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
- Cook soba noodles according to package directions in salted water, usually about 5 minutes.
- Drain and toss with 1 tbsp of the sesame oil to prevent them from sticking together while you prepare the dressing and assemble the salad.
- For the dressing: combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- To assemble: In a large bowl toss vegetables, half of the almonds, half of the scallions, and noodles with enough dressing to thoroughly coat it all.
- Plate on a larger platter and scatter remaining scallions and almonds on top.
- Serve room temperature or cold, it will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator!
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Erewhon Market is a natural foods gourmet eatery and store in Los Angeles that draws a big celebrity crowd. If, like myself, you don’t live in LA, you may not have ever been. One of the dishes they are famous for is this Kale + White Bean salad, and this recipe is my attempt to bring Erewhon to all of us. It may not sound like much… kale and white beans aren’t exactly the sexiest ingredients. But trust me when I say, it is truly delicious. In fact, my husband said it’s one of the best salads I’ve ever made. I only wish I could take the credit!
The dressing is a classic vinaigrette, sweetened with maple syrup, and coating tender kale greens and creamy white beans and avocado. The generous addition of toasted seeds lends a crunchy, nutty component to an already satisfying salad. It’s been in my regular rotation since making it a few months ago, and know it will soon be in yours too.
WATCH ME MAKE EREWHON’S FAMOUS KALE + WHITE BEAN SALAD
HOW TO MAKE EREWHON’S FAMOUS KALE + WHITE BEAN SALAD
Step 1. Dry your rinsed kale by spinning it in a salad spinner or patting dry with a kitchen towel.
Step 2. Place kale into a colander and massage with the salt. This will tenderize the fibers and make it soft. Set aside while you make the dressing.
Step 3. In a large serving bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until emulsified.
Step 4. Add the kale, white beans, and avocado. Toss in the dressing.
Step 5. Top with the toasted seeds and hemp hearts and serve.
Step 6. Enjoy!
What Else Can I Use?
- If you typically do not like raw kale, I urge you to try it this way. Massaging the kale with salt really helps to tenderize it, making it soft and tender. However, if you simply cannot get there, you can use another hearty green such as swiss chard in place of it.
- No maple syrup? Use honey in the dressing for very similar results.
- You can omit the hemp hearts if you don’t have them on hand, or use sesame seeds in place of them.
- Chickpeas are a nice substitute for the white beans if you want to change it up, or don’t have those at the ready.
- No fresh lemon juice for the dressing? Use white wine vinegar or lime juice as the acid component instead.
- This salad is quite filling, but if you want to add another protein to it, grilled chicken or salmon would go well with this.
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If you make Erewhon’s Famous Kale + White Bean Salad, and I hope you do, please leave me a comment here and rate the recipe. Your feedback means a lot to me! You can also post to Instagram and tag me so I can share your creations!
Erewhon’s Famous Kale + White Bean Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free)
- large salad serving bowl
- 6 cups kale de-stemmed and chopped
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 15-ounce can of white beans
- 1 ripe avocado diced
- ⅓ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
- ⅓ cup roasted sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1 large juicy lemon or 2 small
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly cracked pepper
- ⅓ cup Extra-virgin olive oil
- Rinse the kale and spin it dry or pat very dry in a colander.
- In the colander, add ½ tsp salt to the kale and massage it for 10 seconds. Set aside.
- In a large serving bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients so they are smooth and incorporated.
- Add the massaged kale, then beans, avocado, pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds. Toss again to incorporate. Note: if you are making ahead of time, add the avocado and seeds right before serving so the avocado stays green and the seeds stay crunchy.
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