Colorful Somen Salad with Fresh Vegetables

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Enjoy our fresh and vibrant Somen Salad. This easy-to-make dish features somen noodles and a variety of vegetables, making it perfect for a quick summer lunch!

Looking for cold noodle dishes? Try my Cold Somen Noodles, Cold Ramen Noodle Salad, or Soba Noodle Salad!

Somen noodle salad served on a plate.

I’ll walk you through the ingredients and step-by-step instructions. I hope you enjoy it!

Why You Will Love This Recipe 

  • This somen salad will be ready in just 10 minutes, perfect for busy days.
  • The combination of cold noodles and crisp vegetables makes it a refreshing meal.
  • Packed with fresh vegetables and lean protein, it’s a nutritious choice!

Somen Noodles

Somen noodles are skinny, white Japanese noodles made from wheat flour. They are often served cold, especially during the hot summer months. Due to their long, thin shape, somen noodles are also a traditional gift in Japan. They symbolize a wish for long-lasting relationships.

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Somen Salad Recipe:

Somen salad ingredients.
  • Somen Noodles: Dry somen noodles are available at Japanese grocery stores. They usually cook in 3 to 5 minutes, but be sure to follow the package instructions.
  • Toppings: Boiled eggs, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, and sprouts. Feel free to use your favorite vegetables. Fresh, crunchy vegetables are ideal for this salad.
  • Dressing: A simple mix of mentsuyu, mayonnaise, and ground sesame seeds. Mentsuyu is a noodle soup base that can be found in Japanese grocery stores. If unavailable, you can make your own using this mentsuyu recipe.

How To Make Somen Salad: STEP BY STEP 

Here are some quick visual instructions! The video and detailed ingredients and instructions are on the printable recipe card below.

How to make somen salad.

Step 1

Cut the vegetables and boiled eggs for the toppings.

How to make somen salad.

Step 2

Mix mentsuyu, mayonnaise, and soy sauce to make the dressing.

How to make somen salad.

Step 3

Boil the somen noodles and drain them.

How to make somen salad.

Step 4

Place the somen noodles on a plate, arrange the toppings, and serve with the dressing.

Somen noodle salad served on a plate.

Pour the dressing over the somen salad and enjoy this hearty, healthy, and delicious dish!

Recipe Tips

  • When boiling somen, use plenty of water. This gives the noodles enough room to move freely and prevents them from sticking together.
  • After boiling, immediately rinse the noodles under cold running water to stop the cooking process and remove excess starch. This helps achieve a firm and chewy texture.

Topping Variations

Here are some additional topping ideas you might want to try!

  • Edamame
  • Okra
  • Corn
  • Cabbage
  • Natto

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Colorful Somen Salad with Fresh Vegetables

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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Juri Austin
Enjoy our fresh and vibrant Somen Salad. This easy-to-make dish features somen noodles and a variety of vegetables, making it perfect for a quick summer lunch!

Equipment

  • Medium saucepan 18cm (7 inches)
  • Strainer

Ingredients

  • 2 servings Somen Noodles

For The Toppings

  • 2 Boiled Eggs
  • ½ Tomato
  • ½ Cucumber
  • Handful Lettuce
  • A little Sprouts

For The Dressing

  • ½ cup Mentsuyu
  • 1 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • ½ Tbsp Ground Sesame Seeds

Instructions

  • Prepare the Toppings: Cut tomato into bite-size pieces. Cut boiled eggs in half. Shred cucumber and lettuce.
  • Make the Dressing: Combine mentsuyu, mayonnaise, and ground sesame seeds in a small bottle, secure the lid, and shake to blend.
  • Cook Somen Noodles: Boil plenty of water (not in the ingredients list) in a medium saucepan, add somen noodles, and cook according to the package instructions. Stir the noodles with chopsticks to separate them while cooking.
  • Drain the Noodles: Drain using a strainer and quickly rinse under cold running water to cool it down.
  • Serve: Place the somen noodles on a plate, arrange the toppings, and serve with the dressing.

Video

Notes

  • When boiling somen, use plenty of water. This gives the noodles enough room to move freely and prevents them from sticking together.
  • After boiling, immediately rinse the noodles under cold running water to stop the cooking process and remove excess starch. This helps achieve a firm and chewy texture.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 24g
Course: Noodles
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: somen salad
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