I craved something drastically different and less corned than the multiple Irish feasts I ate this past weekend. I needed something or someone to drag me out from my salt cave.
And this was it. Shrimp. Soba noodles. Peanut butter. Ginger. Lime. Love.
Served warm, served cold–it offers so much flavor. It’s rich and peanut buttery, but made zingy and bright with soy and fresh squeezed lime. You can taste the sweetness and warmth of fresh ginger and the darker, deeper notes of toasted sesame oil. It’s certainly a healthy perk that the noodles are whole grain (made from buckwheat) and protein-packed. And adding finely shredded Napa cabbage, carrots, and scallions to the noodles adds not only bulk but interesting textural variety as well.
If you try this recipe at home, feel free to use almond butter in place of the peanut or swap chicken for the shrimp.
Soba Noodle and Shrimp Salad with Peanut Ginger Dressing
adapted from Giada De Laurentiis
¼ cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 ½ -inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 large garlic clove
8 ounces dried buckwheat soba noodles
3 cups finely shredded Napa cabbage
2 large carrots, grated
1 cup finely chopped scallions
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 ½ pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
Combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, honey, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic in a blender and pulse until smooth.
Boil the soba noodles according to the package directions.
While the noodles are boiling, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan or wok set over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring frequently, until pink and opaque throughout, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
Drain the noodles and put them into a large serving bowl. Add the cabbage, carrots, scallions, and dressing, and toss to combine.
To serve, divide the dressed noodles among four serving bowls and then top each portion with shrimp.
Nutrition Information for 1 Serving (1/4th of Entire Recipe): Calories 465, Total Fat 19 g, Total Carbohydrate 31.5 g, Dietary Fiber 2.7 g, Sugars 11.5 g, Protein 41.7 g