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Meatless Monday: Asian soba noodle salad

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(Read caption) A riot of summer veggies mixed in with soba noodles and topped with crunchy peanuts.

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While visiting my sister in Edmonton last week I had the pleasure of making a version of this salad. She is now the proud owner of one of my favorite cookbooks, "Whitewater Cooks At Home," by Shelley Adams. She wanted to try some recipes together and hadn’t had much of a chance to make anything out of it. This salad was a delightful surprise and one that will grace our table over and over. In fact we’re taking the leftovers with us for a healthy picnic on our way over to Tofino to go whale watching this weekend.

I’ve now made it two more times (in less than 10 days!), but I made some changes both times. Don’t get me wrong, the original recipe was delicious, but the salad dressing has a lot of oil and makes almost 2 cups of dressing! We used just over a 1/4 cup leaving us with a lot  leftover. I decreased the oil and substituted this for that, and came up with a recipe that makes just enough dressing for the salad with none left over. I also added the veggies since it was basically just noodles.

I've got to have my veggies!

I love the crush of summer veggies all mixed in with the soba noodles. So satisfying. But who the heck cares if the food we eat is good for the body if it doesn’t taste very good?

You can try to force yourself to eat something you don’t enjoy for awhile but inevitably its not a long lasting solution.

Of course I would not be sharing it with you if I didn’t think it was delicious, so I hope you’ll give it a try. It makes a huge salad which is perfect for any summer barbeque or potluck.

Asian Soba Noodle Salad
Serves 4-6 people as a meal

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