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cold soba noodles salad with tempeh, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, red peppers, and radishes in a brown bowl

Asian-Inspired Cold Soba Noodle Salad

This nutritious soba noodle recipe is made with a delicious tamari lime dressing. Vegan, gluten-free, and ready in 30 minutes!
Cuisine Asian
Keyword cucumber, lettuce, noodles, red pepper, tempeh
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2


  • Approx. 10 leaves of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinnly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1/3 long English cucumber, thinnly sliced
  • 1 watermelon radish, chopped
  • Approx. 1/2 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • Approx. 115 grams soba noodles (enough for 2 people)

Pan-Fried Tamari Tempeh

Tamari-Lime Dressing

To serve: (optional)

  • Chopped cashews, sesame seeds, extra lime


  • Cut one block of tempeh into 1/4-inch strips. Then, cut those strips into thirds. Place in a large bowl with tamari. Stir until well-coated. Set aside.
  • Add all dressing ingredients into a small jar with a lid. Shake to mix and adjust to taste. Set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, chop/slice all vegetables, chop mint, and add to a large mixing bowl.
  • Once water boils, add dry soba noodles. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes until done. Drain noodles into a colander, and rinse well with cold water. Leave in colander to drain completely.
  • While noodles cook, heat a large skillet over medium-high. Add avocado oil and cook tempeh pieces, about 2 minutes each side until browned. Remove from heat.
  • Add noodles and tempeh to prepared veggies/mint in large mixing bowl. Give salad dressing another shake, then pour over ingredients. Stir ingredients together, until well-coated with salad dressing.
  • Serve salad in bowls, along with optional toppings (chopped cashews, sesame seeds, extra lime wedge). Best enjoyed cold!


*If you require a strict gluten-free diet, be sure to use gluten-free tamari and 100% buckwheat soba noodles that have been certified gluten-free
*Feel free to swap the tempeh for another protein source, if desired. This would taste great with crispy tofu or shrimp!