When I was about eight or ten, I saw a recipe on the Today Show (always been my favorite morning show!) that I decided I MUST MAKE. I liked to bake/cook, but I wasn’t that much of a chef. This recipe, though, Salmon with Soba Noodle Salad, was going to become my go-to. Whenever I wanted/needed to cook or wanted to impress someone, this was my meal. I have always loved Asian food and fresh herbs, so this was perfect for me.
Somewhere along the way, I lost the recipe. I hadn’t made it in awhile, because I wasn’t sure if I could remember it. While my mom was here last week, we decided to resurrect it, in our own way. I don’t remember the exact recipe, so we decided to wing it. It turned out really well, so I’ll share it with you!
We got some fresh salmon from Harris Teeter. It was Wild Alaskan, which is apparently in season. They even had a picture of the fisher next to the fish. I was looking for Skinny Runner, but it wasn’t her. Anyway, the salmon was really delicious and fresh. We marinated it in teriyaki sauce for a little bit before cooking it directly on the grill.
Meanwhile, I cooked the soba noodles and then drained and rinsed them in cold water.
While the noodles were cooking, I julienned four radishes and one cucumber. I make it sound really fancy– I basically attempted to julienne these things, but they were a little too thick as a julienne! But, at least I gave it a shot. Putting my knife skills classes to use =)
In a small bowl, I mixed two tablespoons of rice wine vinegar, one tablespoon of sesame oil, and two tablespoons of soy sauce with a whisk.
One of the key ingredients is MINT!!! One of my favorite herbs. Fortunately, I have a great mint plant on our back deck, so I had plenty to use. I grabbed a whole handful and chopped it.
In a bowl, mix the soba noodles, vegetables and mint. Pour the dressing on top and toss the noodle salad. It should be cool/room temperature! If you are making it ahead of time, you can put it in the fridge.
Serve the salmon on top of a pile of noodle salad. If you like, garnish with extra mint! This has been resurrected as one of my favorite meals. Give it a try!
(Lotus got to eat the grilled salmon skin. She loved it. Mmmm.)