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Green Sesame Soba Noodles

Soba noodles, made from nutty buckwheat flour, go well with a creamy sesame sauce, tinted green with spinach and herbs. A high-speed blender helps to ensure an especially smooth sauce here, but any blender will work fine. Some varieties of soba noodles contain flours with gluten, so read labels carefully if you are sensitive to it.

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Refrigerate for up to 3 days. To loosen the sauce and noodles, stir in a splash or two of warm water.

From staff writer G. Daniela Galarza.


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Servings: 2-3 (makes 1 1/4 cups sauce and 4 cups noodles)
  • Fine salt (optional)
  • 2 packed cups (2 ounces) baby spinach
  • 1/2 bunch (1 ounce) fresh cilantro leaves and stems
  • 1/3 cup tahini or sesame paste
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 2 limes), plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup water, plus more as needed
  • 3 whole scallions, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, preferably low-sodium
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 (8- to 10-ounce) package dried soba noodles, preferably 100 percent buckwheat
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)


Time Icon Active: 15 mins| Total: 20 mins
  1. Step 1

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and salt it, if desired.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, in a blender, preferably a high-speed one, combine the spinach, cilantro, tahini, lime juice, water, scallions, garlic, soy sauce, and maple syrup or honey. Blend until combined and flecks of green splatter the interior. Stop the blender to scrape down the pitcher. If the sauce is too thick, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and continue blending until a smooth, green sauce forms. Taste, and add more lime juice, if desired.

  3. Step 3

    Add the soba to the boiling water and give the noodles a quick stir. Boil until just tender, about 3 minutes. Drain, transfer to a large bowl and immediately toss with the sesame oil until well coated.

  4. Step 4

    Just before serving, divide the noodles among plates or shallow bowls and drizzle with the sauce. Serve warm, with sesame seeds sprinkled over the top, if desired.

Nutritional Facts

Per serving (1 1/4 cups, based on 3)

  • Calories


  • Carbohydrates

    71 g

  • Fat

    24 g

  • Fiber

    4 g

  • Protein

    17 g

  • Saturated Fat

    3 g

  • Sodium

    830 mg

  • Sugar

    5 g

This analysis is an estimate based on available ingredients and this preparation. It should not substitute for a dietitian’s or nutritionist’s advice.

From staff writer G. Daniela Galarza.

Tested by Olga Massov