Grapefruit-Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce
30 minutes or fewer
Cold noodle salads
are a favorite Japanese lunch dish.
Spicy Peanut Sauce
Soba Noodle Salad
- ¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar
- 2 Tbs. smooth peanut butter
- 1 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tsp. agave nectar
- 2 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 tsp. chili oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
- 1 small red bell pepper, sliced (1 cup)
- 5 radishes, thinly sliced (⅔ cup)
- 5 green onions, sliced (⅓ cup)
- 6 oz. snow peas
- 8 oz. 100% buckwheat soba noodles, such as Eden Foods
- 2 tsp. canola oil
- 8 oz. seasoned tofu, cut into small cubes
- 3 grapefruit, supremed (see below)
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- 1 Tbs. toasted black sesame seeds, optional, for garnish
1. To make Spicy Peanut Sauce: Purée vinegar, peanut butter, soy sauce, agave nectar, sesame oil, chili oil, and garlic in blender or food processor until smooth.
2. To make Soba Noodle Salad: Toss together bell pepper, radishes, and green onions in large bowl. Bring large pot of water to a boil, add snow peas, and cook 2 minutes. Transfer snow peas to bowl of ice water with slotted spoon; drain, and add to vegetables. Return water to a boil.
3. Cook soba noodles in same pot of boiling water according to package directions; drain, and rinse under cold water. Drain again, and set aside.
4. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add tofu, and cook 1 minute per side, or until lightly browned.
5. Toss tofu, grapefruit supremes, and soba noodles with vegetables. Divide among 6 bowls, drizzle with Spicy Peanut Sauce, and sprinkle with cilantro and sesame seeds, if desired.
How to Supreme a Grapefruit
One challenge in cooking with grapefruit is peeling away the thick pith beneath the skin and the bitter membrane that surrounds the pulp. The solution is a culinary technique called supreming. Here’s how to do it:
1. Trim ends all the way to juicy flesh.
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2. Stand fruit upright, and remove peel and pith with knife, following curve of fruit from top to bottom. (A small, serrated paring knife works best.)
3. Holding fruit over a bowl, cut sections along membranes as if you were slicing out a wedge, releasing them one by one.
4. Set supremes aside, and squeeze membrane “skeleton” over bowl to release any remaining juice.