Soba Noodle Salad
Soba Noodle Vegetable Salad
If you’re trying to avoid refined carbohydrates you may think pasta salad is a thing of the past. It doesn’t need to be. This salad is incredibly filling AND healthy, utilizing buckwheat noodles, a fun and flavorful dressing and uber healthy veggies. Don’t let the name fool you, buckwheat is completely gluten-free. In fact, buckwheat is a seed not a grain, despite that confusing “wheat” word in its name. Therefore, this recipe is grain-free and refined carbohydrate free.
Buckwheat is a resistant starch, meaning it tends to make its way down into your colon and feed your healthy gut bacteria, something you definitely want. For more on resistant starch read this blog, “Starch you don’t have to resist”. Buckwheat is good for your heart through its ability to lower cholesterol and blood pressure; it’s an excellent source of fiber which makes it good in preventing many diseases including cancer; it reduces your risk of diabetes, and it high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Make sure when you buy buckwheat noodles they are 100% buckwheat and thereby gluten-free. Some noodles in the market mix wheat with the buckwheat – please avoid those.
When cooking buckwheat noodles avoid salting the water, don’t overcook (follow package directions), and once drained, immediately put them in a bowl of very cold water. Stir the noodles around with your hands in the cold water to rinse off their starch for just a minute or so and then re-drain. This procedure will prevent them from sticking together.
Any vegetable you want to add is fine, but as always, I suggest the ones that provide the best nutrition, those of the cruciferous and allium families. They are the best anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory vegetables you can eat. The sauce (click here to get your coconut aminos, date syrup and gluten-free Tamari.) can be made more or less spicy depending on whom you are feeding – play with it and feel free to send me the combination you enjoy most.
Please let me know how you enjoy this and what varieties you come up with.
Dr Vikki Petersen, DC, CCN, CFMP
Founder of Root Cause Medical Clinic
Author of “The Gluten Effect”