Soba-Watercress Salad


A lively salad of peppery watercress, crunchy jicama and cool cucumber is a refreshing contrast to earthy-tasting soba noodles. Green tea adds a subtle background flavor to this salad and reduces the amount of soy sauce needed in the dressing.

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  • 1/4 cup strong brewed green tea
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. Sugar
  • 2 Tbs. dark sesame oil
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes


  • 8 oz. soba noodles
  • 2 tsp. dark sesame oil
  • 2 bunches watercress sprigs, washed and patted dry (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced, peeled jicama wedges
  • 1 1/2 cup diced, seeded cucumber (1/2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions, white and light green parts (about 8)
  • 2 Tbs. toasted sesame seeds


  1. Bring large pot water to a boil.
  2. Make dressing: In medium bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Set aside. (Dressing can be made up to 4 days ahead and refrigerated.)
  3. Drop noodles into boiling water; stir to prevent sticking. Cook until just tender, 31⁄2 to 41⁄2 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain again, shaking colander. Transfer to large bowl, drizzle with 2 teaspoons sesame oil and toss to coat.
  4. Add half of the reserved dressing to noodles and toss to coat. In large shallow serving bowl, combine watercress, jicama, cucumbers and scallions. Add remaining dressing and toss to coat. Push watercress salad to perimeter of bowl. Mound noodles in center of bowl. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve at room temperature.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 4 to 6 Servings
  • Calories: 228
  • Carbohydrate Content: 27 g
  • Fat Content: 12 g
  • Fiber Content: 3 g
  • Protein Content: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2 g
  • Sodium Content: 581 mg