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CSA Box #6: Cold Kim Chi Cucumber Soba Noodle Salad Recipe

by Jeanette on July 20, 2011 · 15 Comments
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Cold Kim Chi Cucumber Soba Noodle Salad

With the weather so hot lately, I’ve been craving Asian cold noodles. Two of my favorite cold noodle dishes are Kim Chi Cucumber Soba Noodle Salad and Cold Sesame Noodles. Recently, I made homemade Kim Chi with Napa Cabbage from my CSA Box, and still had some left. I also got lots of farm fresh cucumbers in my most recent CSA Box — perfect for making some Kim Chi Cucumber Soba Noodle Salad.

I was out of town once again for pick-up of my CSA Box (attending college orientation with my oldest son – can’t believe how fast this summer is flying by!), but fortunately, one of my friends was kind enough to pick up my box. This past week’s CSA Box #6 featured Jersey Wakefield cabbage, fresh salad greens, baby spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, purplette onions, German White hard neck garlic, zucchini, cucumbers and a sprig of dill. 

So what did I make with all these wonderful fresh vegetables? As soon as I got back in town from my son’s college orientation, I threw together a Whole Wheat Israeli Couscous Salad with Baby Spinach, Pinenuts, Dried Cranberries and Grated Ricotta Salata for a baseball tailgate lunch, similar to one of my favorite pasta salads at a local deli. I also made Baked Portobello Mushroom Fries using some of the fresh garlic, and this Cold Kim Chi Cucumber Soba Noodle Salad. I will also be making more Korean Spicy Cucumber Salad “Banchan” and a Cucumber Dill Salad with the rest of the cucumbers and the dill sprig. As for the head of Jersey Wakefield cabbage, an heirloom cabbage, I will either make a summer slaw or Szechuan Pickled Cabbage. And I will also be making Sauteed Broccoli with Red Bell Pepper.

Cold noodle salads are meant for lazy days – they can be made ahead of time, and are just as good eaten the next day. Often, I will make a big batch of soba noodles, rinse them well with cold water, and store them in a covered container in the refrigerator. That way, I can mix up a cold noodle salad in a pinch, whether I’m in the mood for this Kim Chi Cucumber Soba Noodle Salad, Cold Sesame Noodles, or another cold noodle dish.

Cold Kimchi Cucumber Soba Noodle Salad

For a vegetarian/vegan version, make sure the Kim Chi doesn’t include fish sauce in the ingredients. My homemade Kim Chi was vegan. For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free soy sauce and 100% buckwheat noodles or other gluten-free pasta.

Printable Recipe


  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon organic sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 scallion, minced
  • 2 bunches soba noodles, cooked al dente
  • 1/2 cup Kim Chi, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, shredded
  • toasted sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. In a small bowl, make noodle dressing by combining soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, sugar, garlic and scallion.
  2. Drizzle dressing over cooked soba noodles to taste.
  3. Add Kim Chi and cucumber, and toss.
  4. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Serves 2.

More Soba Noodle Salads:
Zucchini Soba Salad, Andrea Meyers
Soba Noodle Salad, Simply Recipes 
Cold Soba Noodle Salad, Guilty Kitchen 
Ottolenghi Soba Noodles with Aubergine and Mango, 101 Cookbooks 
Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Cucumber and Shitake, Food and Wine

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  1. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says:

    Yes, please. I love the combination of Korean (kim chee) and Japanese soba. If I had some fresh crab meat, I might add that, too.

  2. What beautiful photos! I'm still unsure of kimchi…I've only tried it from the jar at the store and I think I liked it but haven't tried it since. This looks so fresh and delicious.

  3. A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine says:

    I tried making kim-chi cucumber salad and it was fantastic…adding noodles will make a meal..just perfect with sauted veggies..

  4. The picture… GLORIOUS. Love soba noodles and they are especially nice served chilled this time of year. Your kim chi recipe is so great with this salad – all topped with toasted sesame seeds – what a delight!

  5. Pretend Chef says:

    Lovely presentation. Absolutely crave worthy. My mouth is watering. Wonderful recipe Jeanette. Yummy!

  6. Such a beautiful presentation! I've not used soba noodles much but love that they are used cold for these hot summer days. Sounds like a truly refreshing salad!

  7. beautiful recipe yet again! my parents love soba noodles! will have to try this recipe for them 😀

  8. Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny says:

    This looks fantastic and your presentation is perfect! xoxo

  9. veronica@mycatholickitchen.com says:

    This looks pretty straight forward. I think I can actually make this. I have almost everything in my pantry already. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Just checked out your cold sesame noodles and hoping I can make them with shiritaki (low carb) noodles because they look great! So do these, but I love sesame!

  11. Jeanette says:

    Glad you all like these cold noodles – so easy to throw together on a hot summer day! Carolyn – let me know how your shiritaki noodles come out.

  12. This is one recipe that I am definitely "borrowing". I've gotten so many cukes over the past few weeks and I really just don't know what to do with them cause I rarely eat them! All spiced up like this, I bet they're amazing!

  13. France@beyondthepeel says:

    Great looking salad. Beautiful shots too.

  14. Angie's Recipes says:

    What a beautiful soba tower!

  15. We're having such a busy summer this year that simple (but tasty) recipes like this one look perfect! Can't wait to try it!

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