Asian Noodle Salad with Peanuts and Mint

Before we get to the salad, I'm afraid I'm going to have to call someone out.  I know, I know, I shouldn't.  But it involves really bad manners.

Last night I was catching up on some TV shows I had recorded from earlier in the week.  I was watching the performance show of American Idol, even though I already knew who had been kicked off (thank you yahoo home page for slapping the results up there). 

It was the part in the show where Randy was critiquing Lil Rounds performance and the very famous David Spade was in the camera shot, sitting right behind Randy.  As Randy spoke, David Spade, who was chomping away on gum, removed the gum from his mouth and stuck it under his seat. 

Now, I don't have proof because it's not like there were cameras on the ground.  However, unless there was a wee leprechaun on the floor receiving David's chewed gum, I guarantee he stuck that baby right under his seat.

DAVID, David, David!  Shame on you, seriously, you are an adult.  It is completely classless to slap your gum on the bottom of a chair. 

I know I am not the only one who saw this.  There must be a You Tube video of this lameness.  I have chewed disgusting tasting gum way past its prime because there was no where proper to throw it away.   At least think of your mother before you do something like that again.  I'm sure she is completely mortified. 

Am I claiming to be perfect?  No.  But gum offenses are one of the worst in my book.  It's completely disgusting.  David, if you want to tell your side of the story, have your people call my people for clarification.

So anyway, back to the Asian Noodle Salad with Peanuts and Mint, it is fabulous.  I couldn't say enough good things about it. 

It's tasty, refreshing, light and flavorful.  I ate it for lunch over several days and it did not give in to sogginess.  Even the mint leaves and peanuts held up well.

I also love soba noodles so this type of salad is right up my alley, I think you will love it.

Let's make it together...

Here's what you will need:  Soba noodles, salt, pepper, peanuts, soy sauce, fresh lime juice, vegetable oil, green onions, cucumber and mint leaves.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook 12 ounces soba noodles until al dente.  Drain and rinse under cold water to stop cooking.  Drain well.

In a small bowl, whisk together 2 Tablespoons soy sauce, 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice, one Tablespoon vegetable oil (safflower) and pepper to taste.

In a large bowl, combine noodles, green onions, cucumber, peanuts and mint.

Toss noodle mixture with sauce and serve.

Your lunch will not be the same.

It will be better.


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Asian Noodle Salad with Peanuts and Mint

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  • kosher salt and coarse ground pepper
  • 12 oz soba noodles
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 English cucumber halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves


  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Drain well.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, lime juice, oil and pepper to taste.
  • In a large bowl, combine noodles, green onions, cucumber, peanuts and mint.
  • Toss noodle mixture with sauce and serve.

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  1. Right now I would just like the noodles in the sauce mixture. Yum. Terrible to be hungry at 4 AM and have nothing to munch on :(

  2. deeba 2

    What a gorgeous colourful salad Cathy…I can almost feel it! It’s beautiful!

  3. So fresh and lovely! More restaurants should serve salads like this one. If I sub 100% buckwheat noodles, I can eat this. :-)

    Thanks, Cathy!

  4. I must find that video…doing that is really grosser than gross.

    Can you make me some of that salad and same day it to me? That would make my work day so much better.

  5. How can something so gorgeous looking be so simple? Wow.

    This sounds like a PERFECT light spring meal…and something that maybe even the Little Imp would enjoy! It’s got noodles and she is the queen of noodles right now! And score again, it has cucumbers which are the ONLY green thing I can get her to eat!

  6. Jenn 6

    I didn’t notice that, and now I’m wishing I hadn’t deleted it from my Tivo! That’s really gross.

  7. Barbie with a T 7

    Such vibrant colors and the texture looks simply divine. The seasonings are so simple, yet they all have that certain taste my mouth yearns for…the combination must be indescribable. I will definitely try this one. Thanks. By the way….I am happy that you exposed that gum sticking celebrity, as he was totally disgusting.

  8. Wow that looks tasty. I was drooling over the pics then I cautiously scanned the ingredient list and quietly chanted in my head and sure enough, my pedestrian palate can hang! I can’t wait to turn this out at a summer BBQ!

  9. I used angle brackets in my prior post and it removed my chant. Whoops! I was chanting (Please no fish sauce, please no fish sauce). I am a weenie when it comes to anything made out of fermented fish. Go figure.

  10. Jeff 10

    I admit half the time I just swallow my gum. Of course I also eat peanut shells and a bunch of other stuff they say I should not (my mom thinks I am special). However, yeah I agree even if I was done with the gum and nowhere to put it I would definitely keep chewing it till I found a place to put it. First off someone has to clean up that mess.

    Oh yeah done with my soap box and the salad looks amazing!

  11. I made something similar with the Barefoot Bloggers this week, it would have been excellent with the soba noodls too:D

  12. Perfect for breakfast, maybe? I could eat that right this minute. I just stocked up on soba at my local Asian grocery, and the mint should be up in the garden soon. I’m bookmarking.

  13. Melynda 13

    Beautiful beautiful shots, love to see what you have done!

  14. melissa 14

    I can’t get over David Spade sticking gum under his seat. I hope the gum police check and fine him.
    Sometimes I find gum under my dining room table. Of course nobody put it there. Then I get out a big stick and well never mind about that.

  15. Hilary 15

    I hate chewing gum .. and peoples’ habits with it are revolting! It does get hard doesn’t it quite quickly? so could be held for that short time & then pocketed?

    The salad looks delicious and I’d never heard of soba noodles before – I’ll try some ..

    good whinge and good salad post ..

    Thanks – Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters

  16. Leslie 16

    I missed DAvid and the gum.
    But I love the salad. Nice and refreshing!

  17. imom 17

    I saw that episode of Idol, but didn’t noticed the gum incident. I’ll have to do some youtube searching!

    I wonder if I could make that recipe with rice noodles?.. It looks delicious!

  18. Louise 18

    What a perfect dish for Spring! Christmas has “Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas” for an opening song. Does Spring have the same?

    On another note, is it a new camera, or new lighting set up? Your photos are simply divine!

  19. Ew on David Spade!! First of all, wht would he even be chewing gum in the audience?? Gum grosses me out to no end…

    That salad looks totally delicious! It sounds like such a great flavor combo!!

  20. Wow… this sounds amazing! And shame on David Spade!

  21. annbb 21

    Yum! That looks incerdibly good.

    Tacky tacky David Spade!

  22. Oh man! I saw David Spade on AI but I did not see him put his gum on the bottom of his seat! I need to find this on You Tube now.

    This salad looks so good! Another recipe bookmarked to make at a later date!

  23. I should know better than to look at your site before breakfast… now I’m all hungry. The soba dish looks so good that I almost forgot Mr. Spade’s (alleged) repulsive behavior….

  24. Pam 24

    He should know better – some people have no class.

    The salad looks absolutely perfect! I could eat a bowl now, for breakfast.

  25. Bob 25

    Yeah well, not for nothing, but sticking gum under his chair is less offensive than the movies he makes. Heh.

    That salad looks awesome, I love cold pasta salads.

  26. If I tried to feed that to The Captain he would stick it up under the seat. Yes, he is “that” picky.

  27. Belinda 27

    Hi, Cathy: Your pictures and recipes look amazing. I’m glad I stumbled onto your website. Although I am not an Asian salad kind of girl, I see many, many possibilities for me to try. I’ll let you know what I try and when. Thanks.

  28. Katrina 28

    Colorful! Looks yummy to me.

  29. dawn 29

    How disgusting of David Spade, seriously gross.

    Now this salad…wow, wow…so nice.

  30. Julie 30

    I might make this for our next potluck…even though I’ve been told the theme is Mexican..who cares! I’m sure Mexicans would love this :)

  31. Maureen 31

    This one looks like a winner. I heart the Asian noodle type dishes.

  32. WOW! That looks amazing!!

  33. dawn 33

    do you know I eat this for breakfast just because I crave this sauce so much? well, I never put the mint in though.
    I love these photos though.

  34. Amber 34

    Wow I have missed a lot, just far too busy lately. Love Asian noodle salads with a big love. Yes more servings, like more wives. I have tried a few recipes but they have not been THE recipe. Thanks for a new one.

  35. Amber 35

    Wow I have missed a lot, just far too busy lately. Love Asian noodle salads with a big love. Yes more servings, like more wives. I have tried a few recipes but they have not been THE recipe. Thanks for a new one. And the gum thing is just so self involved, arrogant and rude.

  36. Mary 36

    Your salad is gorgeous. I love noodled in any form from any cuisine.

  37. Jordan 37

    It looks very light and springy!

  38. grace 38

    this sounds like a really tasty salad, and that surprises me since i don’t like peanuts. the thought of mint sneaking in there really intrigues me.

    and that tidbit about mr spade is very disappointing indeed.

  39. Paula 39

    Okay, the gum thing made me gag a bit.

    Love this soba salad! I love all things soba, and noodle salads are a fav of mine. Those peanuts put it over the top. YUM!

  40. giz 40

    How much do I remember sitting in the school library and putting my hands under the table to find an array of ABC (already been chewed) choices – yuck!!!
    The noodle dish – a total spring fling – even if it is snowing here today – yuck to the 2nd power.

  41. That’s so funny. I watched the show but don’t remember seeing this. Love your salad.

  42. katie 42

    I just want to say that I love the new picture layouts and your photos are looking great!

  43. tipper 43

    Gum=gross and rude
    Salad=yum and pretty

  44. The fresh lime juice and mint must so make this dish superbly amazing, it makes me wish I kicked myself for not grabbing some peanuts when I was out today grocery shopping – I’ve been wanting to make something a little different…and this is it! will save for sure –

  45. MMMmmm this looks right up my alley for a warm weather salad.

    Now if i can just get the warm weather!

  46. I thought you were going to call me out! I was scared!

  47. Flea 47

    Hmmm. As yummy as that looks, I think I’ll stick with my peanut butter ramen.

  48. You are right on about the gum…YUCK! Shame on him!

    Your meal here looks wonderful…will try and make this one!

  49. Nice touch with all that mint. So fresh!

  50. kayola 50

    OKAY…THAT IS SICK! I missed it…and I watched it…I wish now I had it taped…shoot!!! Just gross!!! Your recipe looks de-lish and I have the hugest mint plant out front…I need to make this….yummmm!

  51. Alisa 51

    The gum is gross. The salad looks delicious.

  52. Yep, I’ll take that anytime, thanks! :)

  53. ummm on that salad. Do you ever run out of new ideas?

    And who the heck is David Spade? Here I come google!

  54. Yum…I’d eat that everyday. I actually make a poor man’s (or woman’s) pad thai, using chicken flavor ramen noodles, peanut butter, and chili sauce (the one with the rooster on it). Best quick meal.

  55. Kate 55

    First, I love recipes like this. Pioneer Woman does something similar that tastes fantastic and I can’t wait to try yours, Cathy.
    Erin (above) I cannot believe you do not know who David Spade is.
    And Second, that was classless of David Spade. But frankly, I’m not surprised. Gross.

  56. Love the ingredients in this salad. Can’t wait to try it. I could eat this every day.

  57. WOW! Super-classy new ingredients shots! This is some awesome photography.

  58. Cheryl 58

    On this one like mint on noodles…
    Need good ideas to take in lunch this would be tasty and travel well.

    You are my cookbook, My Friend.
    (and oh, how coffee makes my Monday!)

  59. Bunny 59

    This looks fantastic I know if I made this I’d have to double the recipe in order to get any of it!

  60. Lynda 60

    This is seriously delicious looking! Healthy and beautiful as well. I’ll have to try this one!

  61. LilSis 61

    First of all, this recipe looks delicious! I’ve never cooked with the soba noodles, but I’ll have to give this a try. I love this combination.

    Secondly, I bumped into David Spade a few years ago at the Elton Red Piano concert at Caesars Palace in Vegas. He was in line to get a drink and he told “his bodyguard” to buy everyone in front of him a drink so that he could get to the front of the line. When I thanked him later, he didn’t even remember that he had done that. He looked awful and acted even worse. Very Rude! And, if he’s such a big shot, why was he having to stand in line anyway!! HA! I haven’t liked him since that encounter.

  62. Shawn 62

    Looks yummy but I don’t think I’ve EVER seen soba noodles in my neck of the woods before. Hmmm..

  63. One of the things I miss most about NYC are Asian noodles in peanuty sauce. This looks so great, and simple–why can’t anyone in LA make this? Ooops, now I can! Thanks.

  64. megan 64

    I’m so trying this. Excuse me, gotta go to the store.

  65. Great recipe. Very simple and yummy. This is the kind of thing you make when you’ve had a long week and want to kick back quickly and not slave in the kitchen (and avoid ordering takeout).

    Yo’ure so right about the gum. That’s nasty. I didn’t even do that when I was a kid.

  66. Laura 66

    Gorgeous salad–and too funny about the gum. Ya gotta love the internet for outing people!

  67. Elyse 67

    Oh my goodness. SO GROSS. Who sticks gum under a chair?! Really?! In other news, this pasta dish looks awesome. How refreshing and perfect! I can’t wait to try it out.

  68. Jamie 68

    I absolutely love meals like this, simple, fresh yet so tasty. Beautiful!

  69. Heather 69

    I made this tonight and the family loved it. It was so quick too, which is great for a weeknight. I added lightly sauteed baby bok choy (sauteed in olive oil and garlic) to up the veggie factor. Great recipe – thanks!

  70. i love this one. and i have a few bags of soba sitting around that needs to get used. this will go over really well in my house. i may even use some fish sauce and give it a sweet edge. but the peanuts, mint and cucumber are not going anywhere. GREAT inspiration…

  71. Kirsty 71

    Just made this for a party and my Australian, Spanish, Tibetan, Taiwanese and American friends all loved it! We ate it on the roof of our house in India lookinag up at the Himalayas…Thank you!


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