Shrimp Soba Noodle Salad

by Renee on August 20, 2013

Shrimp Soba Noodle Salad | Magnolia Days

The mall directory offered the same dining choices. Hopes of finding a new restaurant vanished. I stood there gazing up and down the list wondering if one would call out to me. The fast food court was quickly eliminated from the options. Full restaurants would take too much time. I opted for the least previously disappointing place to grab a quick lunch. As I looked at their menu, one of the specials caught my attention. I ordered the special and found it to exceed my expectations. I knew I had to re-create a shrimp soba noodle salad at home.

The salad has two dressings. The completed dish is a big bowl half filled with soba noodles tossed with Napa cabbage and Asian peanut dressing. The other half is filled with spinach tossed with orange miso dressing. It is topped with shrimp and chopped peanuts. The blend of dressings, flavors, and textures is something I never would have come up with on my own. It’s hard to pick which side of the bowl to dig in first. Going back and forth between the sides gives the ultimate combination and balance of it all.

Shrimp Soba Noodle Salad | Magnolia Days

What restaurant meal has inspired you to make it at home? Was it so good that you had to try to make it yourself? Or was it so mediocre you knew you could do better? I’ve had both situations lately. This shrimp soba noodle salad recipe is because of a good experience. An over-cooked sea bass dish I had this past weekend is another story. Stay tuned to see what comes of it…

Shrimp Soba Noodle Salad

20 minutes

Makes 2 servings

Shrimp Soba Noodle Salad

  • 4 ounces buckwheat soba noodles
  • 1 cup sliced Napa cabbage (cut into ribbons)
  • Asian peanut dressing
  • 4 to 5 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • Orange miso dressing
  • 1/2 pound cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Chopped peanuts for garnish

Cook the soba noodles according to the package instructions. Rinse and drain.

Toss the noodles and cabbage with Asian peanut dressing in a bowl.

Toss the spinach with orange miso dressing.

Divide the noodles between two bowls, placing on one side of the bowls.

Divide the spinach between the bowls, placing on the other side of the bowls.

Divide the shrimp and place on top of each bowl.

Garnish with chopped peanuts.

Serve with dressings on the side to drizzle over additional if desired.


Click on the salad dressing names in the ingredients list to find the recipes for the dressings.

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Recipe inspired by a seasonal special salad at the Panera Bread Cafe.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes August 20, 2013 at 11:36 am

Two dressings with soba noodles? That’s interesting to say the least. A recipe to try, absolutely!


Renee August 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Yes, two dressings. I’m so glad I discovered the combination.


Linda | The Urban Mrs August 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Yum! That soba salad looks very good for Summer time. Most of restaurant dishes inspire me to try at home, but mostly are the hub’s favorite dishes.


Renee August 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Making something at home that your husband enjoyed out is a great thing. I’m sure he appreciates it very much.


Biz August 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm

That looks delicious – love the dressing combo too!

Being from Chicago, I loves me some deep dish pizza – here is an awesome at home version – sounds complicated, but if I can do it, it’s pretty easy!

I see that you are going to be one of the attendees of the Beef, What’s for Dinner event in Chicago in October – looking forward to meeting you!


Renee August 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Thanks Biz! I’ll take a look at your pizza and I can’t wait to visit Chicago and meet you along with the other people at the event in October.


The Ninja Baker August 20, 2013 at 6:16 pm

What a fantastic idea! Crunchy greens contrasting with soft noodles plus the play of dressing flavors is brilliant :) Thank you for being inspired :)


Renee August 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Thank you Kim. I guess I should get out and re-visit some places. Who knows what will inspire me next.


Bill August 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm

That’s a great looking salad, Renee! I love noodles in a a salad and I especially like that there are two dressings! Awesome post!


Renee August 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Thanks Bill!


Soni August 22, 2013 at 7:36 am

Oooh love your salad here.I love Soba noodles and I really have to try your dressings since I’ve never made them myself!!Can totally imagine how delicious this must taste with the Shrimp!!


Renee August 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Thanks Soni


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