Soba Noodles with Shrimp and Lime Cilantro. This dish is made for spring and summer. It’s zesty and bright with lime, cilantro, and garlic. Light, refreshing, and satisfying.
We’ve finally been hit with a mini heat wave. I’m sooo not complaining. Even if we’re that family that tries not to turn on the A/C, challenging ourselves to take on the heat (there are exceptions.) But I am not complaining one iota.
I always say we get to kick up a little fuss over the winter or the summer, but not both. Since I bemoaned the frigid winter temps, I’m not about to yammer about anything now.
This is the kind of week for a cool meal at the end of a long workday. It’s that time of year when bright, zesty soba noodles shout out pick me…pick me…
It’s not going to take arm twisting for me to choose cool soba noodles on a warm day. Just yesterday, it was humid and sweltering. The perfect day for a pool party with friends, which is just what we did. There’s no way any of us would have touched the oven. Even the toaster oven was a no-no.
A big bowl of cool Soba Noodles with Shrimp and Lime Cilantro is perfection on days like that. Check out the players: plenty of refreshing lime, cilantro, garlic, and onions. As much or as little crushed red peppers you’d like.
Surprise: Buckwheat contains no gluten
All of that goodness, tossed together with wonderful buckwheat noodles. Otherwise known as soba, which is a Japanese name for noodles made of buckwheat. Soba has soared with popularity recently, and for good reason. It’s nutritious, versatile, and toothsome.
Note that buckwheat is actually made from a grain-like seed and completely unrelated to wheat. Buckwheat is naturally gluten-free and full of healthy antioxidants, which is great news for those with gluten sensitivities. Just be sure to check the label for gluten-free certification. (Also, why isn’t it called buck flour instead?)
When it’s cold out, soba noodles are great in a warm broth. When it’s summer time, soba noodles are fantastic as a cold dish. Just boil, drain, and rinse in cold water. Pile on the seasonings and add-ins. No worries about the food getting cold.
Don’t skimp on the cilantro, lime, or garlic. It may initially feel like too much, but the flavors balance out so beautifully. Just try it, K?
We’re shrimp lovers here, and this juicy shrimp doesn’t disappoint. Be sure to get the large, raw shrimp and cook just until they’re opaque. No longer than that; not over-cooking the shrimp is the key to its tender juiciness. It only takes about 1 minute per side.
Adorn as you wish with fresh cilantro, crushed red pepper, onions, and garlic. Lime wedges = yes.
Source: Chew Out Loud, adapted from Food & Wine
Here are a few favorite Asian inspired noodle dishes:
- Jap-Chae (Korean Noodles). Oh my, oh my…just give this a try. It’s one of the bestest things ever. Share it at a potluck, and it’ll quickly become the dish people beg you to keep bringing. Great for spring and summer.
- Peanut Sesame Noodles with Sriracha. Simply delicious. Everyone who tries this dish agrees – it’s a crowd pleaser. Easy, flavorful, and great all year round.
- Mongolian Beef Noodles. We start off with tender, amazing Mongolian beef. Combine it with noodles for this simply scrumptious dinner.
- Asian Glass Noodles. Such a great twist on the usual pasta salad. It’s light, flavorful, and so fabulous in summer.