Noodles at noon

Make this salad in minutes, or prepare it ahead
CHARITY FERREIRA

Soba Noodle Salad

Nutty soba noodles are as versatile as they are nutritious. Made of buckwheat flour, they can be eaten Japanese-style ― dunked in a soy dipping sauce with grated daikon radish and fiery wasabi ― or tossed with any combination of meat, seafood, and vegetables to make a satisfying cold noodle salad.

If you like, you can cook the soba and mix the dressing a day ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator. When you're ready to eat, toss the noodles with a few of the options listed at right for an impromptu and well-balanced lunch. We especially liked two combinations: chicken with spinach, orange segments, and green onions; and shrimp with snow peas, Napa cabbage, and red bell peppers.