Sesame Noodle Salad with Smashed Cucumbers

Sesame Noodle Salad with Smashed Cucumbers

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From:, October 2019

These noodles will serve you well when the weather is sweltering and you just want something cool to eat. Robust buckwheat noodles are coated in a nutty sauce made with tahini and sesame oil and topped with crunchy cucumbers with a hint of heat from sambal oelek. You'll find sambal oelek with the Asian foods in most supermarkets; if you can't find it, you can substitute chile-garlic paste or Sriracha. This makes a good-size batch with enough leftovers for a few easy, no-reheat lunches.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated and divided
  • 2 English cucumbers
  • 1 pound soba noodles
  • ⅓ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


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  1. Combine 1 tablespoon sesame oil, sambal oelek, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 1 garlic clove in a medium bowl. Cut cucumbers in half lengthwise; cut each half crosswise into thirds. Place pieces, cut side down, on a cutting board; smash with a heavy skillet until slightly flattened and split in places. Coarsely chop cucumbers. Add to sesame oil mixture; toss well to coat. Set aside.
  2. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain and rinse under cold water until cool. Drain well.
  3. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons sesame oil, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, tahini, warm water, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sugar in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add noodles; toss gently to coat. Top noodles with cucumber mixture; sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1 cup noodles, ¾ cup cucumber mixture, and 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds
  • Per serving: 255 calories; 15 g fat(2 g sat); 2 g fiber; 25 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 3 g sugars; 2 g added sugars; 543 mg sodium;
  • Carbohydrate Servings:

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