Start The New Year With This Healthy Chicken Soba Noodle Salad

Gluten- and dairy-free recipe for a healthy start of the year

By Luisa Heenan
January 6, 2019
Food & Drink, Recipes

One for your 'get healthier' new year's resolutions!

If you’ve promised yourself that this year you’ll be a bit more health conscious and selective with the ingredients you choose for your diet, here’s a quick recipe to help you make the first steps. This meal is easy, healthy, entirely gluten, dairy and sugar-free and most importantly, tasty! Best thing? It can be served warm or cold and the ingredients are easily available wherever you are in Japan. Enjoy!

soba noodle salad

This is a gluten/dairy/refined sugar/nut free meal. Serves 2.


  • 100 grams 100% buckwheat noodles soba noodles
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup of your favorite fresh herbs (coriander, basil, mint, parsley, etc.)
  • 1 cup of snap peas or snow peas (blanched)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 150-200 grams cooked chicken (substitute tofu for a vegetarian option)


  • 4 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add dressing ingredients into a small jar and shake until well combined.
  2. Cook the soba noodles as per instructions on the packet. Once done, rinse under water for a few minutes to remove the glugginess. Drain and add to a large bowl.
  3. Add the remaining prepared ingredients to the bowl, pour dressing in and toss until everything is well coated.
  4. Divide into serving bowls. Garnish with a few extra sesame seeds and green onion.

* 100% buckwheat noodles are known as juwari soba (十割そば). These are wheat and gluten free, so are suitable for those affected by coeliac disease or on a gluten-free diet. Be aware that most standard packet soba noodles you will find in supermarkets or restaurants will contain wheat flour, so keep an eye out for these kanji!

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