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Soba Noodle Salad with Pearl Oyster Mushrooms

by The Devil Wears Salad

This quick and easy vegan Soba Noodle Salad with Pearl Oyster Mushrooms delivers oodles of umami flavour. To heighten the senses, finish it off with a refreshing wasabi dressing.

Soba Noodle Salad with Pearl Oyster Mushrooms

Who Loves a Quick Asian Salad Recipe?

I am a big fan of simple Asian recipes with loads of flavour. As a work from home mum and chasing after 3 kids, I need quick Asian salad recipes in my locker all the time. They are big fans of noodles. I am a big fan of pearl oyster mushrooms. So why not combine the two for a gluten free salad?

Soba noodles are made from buckwheat and have a more earthy taste than standard wheat or rice noodles. They are gluten-free and easy to cook, making it versatile for many families with coeliac disease.

Mushrooms have always been known as “meat” for vegetarians as they are loaded with iron and have a meaty texture when cooked. Combined with soba noodles, they make an excellent hearty gluten-free salad with loads of umami flavour.

What is Pearl Oyster Mushroom?

For this vegan soba noodle salad recipe, I chose to use pearl oyster mushrooms, but any combination of mushrooms would work. The name pearl oyster mushrooms refers to the shape of the funghi. It has a broad fan-like or smooth oyster shape cap and cream gills underneath.

Pearl oyster mushrooms have a more delicate flavour compared to shiitake or shimeji mushrooms. Although you can consume pearl oyster mushrooms raw, I prefer them to be cooked. A great addition to ramen, stir-fries and of course, salads.

If you can’t find pearl oyster mushrooms at your local Asian grocery or supermarket, you can substitute them using enoki, shimeji, baby oyster, swiss brown or even white button mushrooms. You don’t have to use just one variety of mushroom, a mix would be very tasty as well. For you real mushroom lovers, our mushroom pairing profile can help you mix it up and create some stunning salad recipes.

I cooked the pearl oyster mushrooms first before tossing together with soba noodles and seasoned it with classic Japanese flavours, tamari and mirin.

Fresh pearl oyster mushrooms

What is Mirin, you ask?

Mirin is similar to sake but a little more subtle with less alcohol content and higher sugar levels. It adds the distinct sweet umami flavour to many classic Japanese dishes. If you don’t have it, a dry white wine will work as a mirin substitute or a rice wine vinegar but please dial up the sugar in the dish to balance the sour.

However, nothing really compares so rather than having a mirin substitute, why not just have it in your pantry. You will discover so many new dressings and sauces with mirin. It is a staple in ours.

Why We Love Soba Noodle Salad with Pearl Oyster Mushrooms

My kids have quite a number of activities after school, and this is one Asian salad recipe I can easily prepare in advance. Just dress the soba noodle salad when ready to eat. Sometimes I gently heat up for a warm noodle salad, but this savoury vegan recipe can be devoured cold.

I love the earthy comfort of pearl oyster mushrooms and soba noodles with pops of crunchy edamame beans, all tied together with a pungent wasabi dressing to heighten the senses.

If you love noodle salads as much as we do, try our Rainbow Vermicelli Salad with Soy Dressing, Wombok, Red Cabbage and Apple Slaw or Gochujang Chicken Salad with Noodles and Tofu.

How to Make Mirin Mushroom and Soba Noodle Salad with Wasabi Dressing

How to Cook Soba Noodles

Check the packaging of your soba noodles to cook as each brand may vary on cooking time. I prefer to slightly undercook my soba noodles than to overcook as they may become a gluggy mess.

Place dried soba noodles in a medium saucepan of boiling water. Stirring occasionally so the noodles don’t stick. Cook until al dente, it should not take more than 2-3 minutes.

Drain soba noodles and make sure you give the noodles a good rinse with cold water. This removes any excess starch. Place in a large mixing bowl and add a few drops of sesame oil so the noodles don’t stick.

Dry soba noodles

How to Cook the Mushrooms

For this vegan soba noodle salad, I have used pearl oyster mushrooms. Still, any combination of mushrooms would work including shimeji, enoki, baby oyster, swiss brown or even white button mushrooms. You can use one variety or give it a mix.

Give pearl oyster mushrooms a good rinse under water. Make sure there is no dirt left on the mushrooms. Pull the mushrooms apart to smaller pieces. Use a paper towel to pat dry mushrooms.

Heat up a medium fry pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to coat the fry pan and then add mushrooms. Spread the mushrooms out on the frypan so they are not crowded. Gently fry for 3 minutes or until lightly brown. Add seasoning including mirin, Nuttelex, sake, tamari and sesame oil. Cook for another 1-2 minutes for the mushrooms to absorb the liquid.

Remove from heat and set aside for assembly.

I use Nuttelex at home as my butter table spread. Nuttelex is a non-dairy substitute for butter. If you don’t have Nuttelex, you can substitute it for butter which would be fine if you don’t need to serve a vegan dish.

If you don’t have tamari, you can replace it with light soy sauce; however, then this will no longer be a gluten-free salad as soy sauce contains wheat. Tamari can be easily bought at most supermarkets.

(Side note – the savoury, buttery flavours of the pan-fried mushrooms would be AH-mazing with a bowl of hot steamed rice as well. Just saying for another meal. HA.)

Fresh and cooked pearl oyster mushroom

How To Make The Rest of The Salad

Edamame beans add a fresh, crunchy element to this vegan soba noodle salad. They are fresh, young soybeans and are packed with protein. Where can I buy edamame beans? They are available at most Asian grocery stores in the freezer section. Some bigger supermarkets may also stock them. You can purchase them deshelled/hulled or still in its shell.

Hulled edamame

I bought edamame beans for this vegan soba noodle salad already hulled. Bring a small saucepan of water to boil, add a pinch of salt and then add hulled edamame beans. Cook for 5 minutes and then drain. Rinse with cold water and set aside for assembly.

Wash and roughly chop the coriander.

Thinly cut spring onions (scallions) into slices. Use both the green and white part of the onion. Set aside.

Coriander/cilantro and spring onon/sacllion

How to Make Wasabi Dressing

You might know wasabi as the Japanese green spicy paste that comes pre-prepared from a tube or made with water mixed with a green powder and served as a condiment in Japanese cuisine, normally alongside sushi and sashimi.

We don’t often see wasabi in its true form as it is very hard to grow. Wasabi, also known as Japanese horseradish, is a part of the Brassicaceae family where you will find horseradish, radishes and mustard. All have the same peppery heat. The part used for wasabi paste is the rhizome (or the root stem of the plant).

To serve fresh wasabi, it is usually grated at the time of eating as the flavour and heat of wasabi is fleeting and can disappear after 15 minutes. It pairs well with raw fish as it is pungent but also delicate enough to let the flavour of the raw fish shine through.

I’ve never had the chance to try freshly grated wasabi but we do love wasabi flavour in our family. My kids find it amusing to have the intense heat shoot through the sinuses. The signature wasabi flavour has definitely grown in popularity, and it can be used to spice up any recipe. You can find wasabi flavoured peas, mayonnaise, chips, chocolate and even a cocktail!

As much as we love to have fresh wasabi, this wasabi dressing uses pre-prepared wasabi paste. This would still classify as a gluten-free salad dressing but always check the wasabi packaging to be sure.

You can definitely adjust the level of wasabi in this dressing to your taste. The quantity of wasabi shown in the recipe will give a good kick, but please add more if you like more heat.

If you have wasabi powder instead of pre-prepared wasabi paste in a tube, prepare wasabi paste as per instructions on the packet.

Add tamari, water, wasabi paste and lemon juice together in a small bowl and whisk together.

How To Assemble The Salad

Place soba noodles, edamame beans, mushrooms and half the chopped coriander and spring onion in a large mixing bowl. Then add half the wasabi dressing into noodle salad and toss together.

Transfer salad into a large serving dish. Scatter remaining chopped coriander and spring onion and finish with sesame seeds.

Drizzle remaining wasabi dressing on top. Have some extra wasabi paste on the side so that everyone can spice up their dressing as they please.

This Japanese inspired soba noodle salad can be a vegan main meal in itself so you could serve into 4 individual bowls rather than one large one. It will also be a fantastic side dish with miso baked salmon or sticky grilled chicken.

The earthy flavours of mirin mushroom works a treat with gluten-free soba noodles. Plus with the refreshing lemony wasabi dressing makes this a deliciously easy noodle salad to prepare.

That’s all!


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Soba Noodle Salad with Pearl Oyster Mushrooms
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5 from 20 votes

Soba Noodle Salad with Pearl Oyster Mushrooms

This quick and easy vegan Soba Noodle Salad with Pearl Oyster Mushrooms delivers oodles of umami flavour. To heighten the senses, finish it off with a refreshing wasabi dressing.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Autumn Salad, Budget, Cooked Salad, Easy, Hearty, No Fruit, Winter Salad
Dietary: Egg Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Food Group: Herbs, Noodles, Seeds, Vegetables
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 388kcal
Author: Sammy Eng

Ingredients

Salad

  • 250 g soba noodle
  • 400 g pearl oyster mushroom
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp Nuttelex
  • 1 tsp cooking sake
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup edamame
  • ¼ cup coriander, chopped
  • 2 sprigs spring onion
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Salad Dressing

  • 3 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp wasabi paste

Instructions

Salad

  • Place dried soba noodles in a medium saucepan of boiling water. Stirring occasionally so the noodles don’t stick. Cook until al dente, it should not take more than 2-3 minutes.
    Drain soba noodles and rinse with cold water. Place in a large mixing bowl and add a few drops of sesame oil so the noodles don’t stick.
  • Wash pearl oyster mushrooms under water. Make sure there is no dirt left on the mushrooms. Pull the mushrooms apart to smaller pieces. Use a paper towel to pat dry mushrooms.
    Heat up a medium fry pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to coat the fry pan and then add mushrooms. Gently fry for 3-4 minutes or until lightly brown. Add seasoning including mirin, tamari, Nuttelex, sake and sesame oil. Cook for another 1-2 minutes for the mushrooms to absorb the liquid.
    Remove from heat and set aside for assembly.
  • Bring a small saucepan of water to boil, add a pinch of salt and then add hulled edamame beans. Cook for 5 minutes and then drain. Rinse with cold water and set aside for assembly.
  • Wash and roughly chop the coriander.
  • Thinly cut spring onions (scallions) into slices.

Salad Dressing

  • If you have wasabi powder instead of pre-prepared wasabi paste in a tube, prepare wasabi paste as per instructions on the packet.
  • Add tamari, water, lemon juice and wasabi paste together in a small bowl and whisk together.

Assembly

  • Place soba noodles, edamame beans, mushrooms and half the chopped coriander and spring onion in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add half the wasabi dressing into noodle salad and toss together.
  • Transfer salad into a large serving dish.
  • Scatter remaining chopped coriander and spring onion and finish with sesame seeds.
  • Drizzle remaining wasabi dressing on top and serve.

Equipment

Knife Set
Mixing Bowl
Chopping Board
Saucepan Medium

Notes

  • Adjust the level of wasabi in this dressing to your taste. The quantity of wasabi shown in the recipe will give a good kick, but please add more if you like more heat. Wasabi paste is gluten-free but always check the packaging.
  • Can substitute pearl oyster mushrooms Any combination of mushrooms would work including shimeji, enoki, baby oyster, swiss brown or even white button mushrooms. You can use one variety or give it a mix.
  • Mirin substitute can be dry white wine or rice wine vinegar plus ½ teaspoon of sugar.
  • Nuttelex is a non-dairy substitute for butter. If you don’t have Nuttelex, you can substitute it for butter which would no longer make this dish a vegan soba noodle salad.
  • If you don’t have tamari, you can replace it with light soy sauce; however, then this will no longer be a gluten-free salad as soy sauce contains wheat. Tamari can be easily bought at most supermarkets.

Nutrition

Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1629mg | Potassium: 1472mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1018IU | Vitamin C: 89mg | Calcium: 262mg | Iron: 11mg
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Lathiya June 9, 2020 - 9:28 am

The salad looks delicious . I haven’t tried soba noodles, this one looks a good start.

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The Devil Wears Salad June 9, 2020 - 10:30 am

Thanks so much Lathiya! This salad is stunning and yes, definitely a great place to start if you’ve never tried soba noodles:)

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Sue June 9, 2020 - 10:43 am

5 stars
Love this with all those wonderful mushrooms!

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Raquel June 9, 2020 - 12:39 pm

5 stars
This makes a wonderful summer dinner! We loved the soba noodles and mushroom pairing!

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Melissa Crea June 9, 2020 - 1:52 pm

5 stars
I was Surprised at how quick and easy this recipe was. Thank you!

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Marina June 9, 2020 - 8:58 pm

5 stars
What a great combination of ingredients love oyster mushrooms

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The Devil Wears Salad June 10, 2020 - 11:15 am

Thanks Marina! One of our favourites too.

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Michele Peterson June 9, 2020 - 10:27 pm

5 stars
The combination of flavours in this salad is delicious – I especially love the dressing.

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The Devil Wears Salad June 10, 2020 - 11:15 am

Thanks Michele! It’s a winning combination for sure!

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Laura June 9, 2020 - 10:32 pm

5 stars
The wasabi dressing is an absolute highlight of this salad. Perfect cobination.

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The Devil Wears Salad June 10, 2020 - 11:15 am

Thanks Laura! Glad you enjoyed it!

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Chef Dennis June 9, 2020 - 10:47 pm

5 stars
now thats a delicious looking salad! I love soba noodles and those mushrooms add a lot of flavor!

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The Devil Wears Salad June 10, 2020 - 11:16 am

It sure does and the wasabi dressing adds some zing!

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Debra June 9, 2020 - 10:48 pm

5 stars
That wasabi dressing is so good! I’m putting it on everything. YUM.

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The Devil Wears Salad June 10, 2020 - 11:16 am

Hahaha! IF you love wasabi this is deifnitely a winner!

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Jen Talley June 10, 2020 - 12:32 am

5 stars
I love soba noodles! This salad looks so flavorful! I can’t wait to try it!

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The Devil Wears Salad June 10, 2020 - 11:22 am

We love soba too! You should check out our other salad with soba. Shimeji Mushrooms, Cucumber, Seaweed and Soba Noodle Salad

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Emily Flint June 10, 2020 - 1:56 am

5 stars
The pearl oyster mushroom looks so yummy and I love the addition of the edamame beans!

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The Devil Wears Salad June 10, 2020 - 11:23 am

We love adding edamame beans as it gives it that extra creaminess:)

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Natalie June 10, 2020 - 3:43 am

5 stars
What a lovely salad. I absolutely love the ingredients you used and presentation is so amazing. Must give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

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The Devil Wears Salad June 10, 2020 - 11:23 am

You’re welcome Natalie! Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.

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Leslie June 10, 2020 - 7:14 am

5 stars
Some of my favorite salad recipes are Asian Salad Recipes. I can already tell that I’ll like this one!

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The Devil Wears Salad June 10, 2020 - 11:24 am

Thanks Leslie! Yeah, we enjoy our Asian salad recipes too. Just gives salads so much more variety.

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Sanna bhavsar July 8, 2020 - 4:34 pm

5 stars
What a delicious recipe it is!

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Angela August 27, 2020 - 7:46 pm

5 stars
I love asian food, thank for the recipe 🙂

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