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Guest Post: Cold Cucumber Soba Noodles by Jeanine from Love & Lemons

Cold Cucumber Soba Noodles by Jeanine from Love & Lemons

The first time I laid eyes on Jeanine’s site, Love & Lemons, I was in love. Not only do I admire Jeanine’s creative recipes, but I am in awe of her design skills. Jeanine and her husband Jack are also a blogging duo (though Jack’s work is mostly behind the lens). They live in Austin, TX, and I’ve very much enjoyed getting to know Jeanine as a friend and supporter. I’m so honored to have her stop by TK in our absence and share a Japanese-inspired dish (so appropriate!). — Kasey

I’m so happy to be guest posting for Kasey while she’s gone. She’s been such a kind and supportive internet friend for a long time. I’m sure our paths will cross one day soon and we’ll meet in person. The strange thing is that, in a way, we’re crossing paths right now. Two years ago (almost to the day) my husband Jack and I were on our way to Japan. The memory of that trip is still fresh in my mind, so I’ll be living extra vicariously through Kasey and Matt’s travels.

Cold Cucumber Soba Noodles by Jeanine from Love & Lemons

We spent a week in Kyoto and one of the first things we set out to find was soba. It’s served in teeny tiny hundred-year-old restaurants. The noodles are handmade, and cold soba is served simply with a dipping sauce. Just dip and slurp. The louder the better.

Since the soba I make at home comes from a box I, of course, add stuff. But I try not to go too crazy with it. We’ve been loving this version lately where the cucumbers are sliced into nearly the same shape as the soba. It’s a great light option for summer because it’s as filling as a bowl full of noodles, with half as many actual noodles. You would never see avocado with soba in Kyoto, but, well, I’m not the one that’s in Kyoto right now.

Cold Cucumber Soba Noodles by Jeanine from Love & Lemons
Cold Cucumber Soba Noodles
serves 2

4-6 ounces soba noodles
1-2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 large cucumbers (or 1 large seedless cucumber)
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1-2 tablespoons ponzu sauce (or extra tamari & rice vin with a squeeze of lime)
avocado slices
sesame seeds
optional additions: tofu or a protein of your choice
optional: sriracha or chile flakes

Boil the soba noodles in salty water until al dente. Blanch them for 30 seconds in a bowl of cold ice water, then drain. Return them to the (empty) bowl and gently toss with a splash of sesame oil so they won’t stick together while you finish everything else.

Thinly slice the cucumbers using a julienne peeler. (you could also use a mandolin or veggie spiraler). Discard the first peel (it will be all skin) and carefully make your slices around the seeded part in the middle.

Toss the cucumber slices and scallions with the soba noodles. And tamari, rice vinegar, and ponzu and toss again. Taste and adjust seasonings. Top with sliced avocado and sesame seeds. Serve cold.

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Posted by Jeanine Donofrio

  • Laura

    Those perfect little strands of cucumber have me wanting a julienne peeler in a very serious way. Beautiful food as always from the Love & Lemons crew. So great to see this pop up in the reader this morning :) Hope you’re having the best time, Kasey + Matt! xo

  • sara forte

    I have had a very challenging relationship with my mandoline. I’ve tried three kinds and none have lived up to my expectations. All i want are those beautiful strands!!! Ugh, now I have the fire in my belly to make this happen. Again. Thanks, Jeanine and safe trip to Kasey and Matt!

  • Kasey

    So glad you enjoyed the post, Laura! And I agree, Jeanine’s food is always beautiful :) The trip was fantastic! xo

  • Kasey

    I have had a lot of frustrations with my mandoline, too…I think I need a metal one (the one we have is plastic and feels kinda flimsy). It’s so fun to come back to this post after our trip, where we enjoyed some amazing soba. I can’t wait to make this myself.

  • Carla Spacher

    This recipe looks delicious! I just found a brand of soba noodles that do not contain wheat. I can’t wait to make this recipe now!

  • Jackie Lee

    Get a julienne peeler! I found mine at Bed Bath and Beyond (OXO brand) It is awesome and will create those lovely strands out of anything!

  • kamille38

    Can you please tell me what is that brand called? thank you

  • GlutenFreeRecipeBox

    King Sorba is the brand name. They come in brown rice and buckwheat. I found them on

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