Easy Refreshing Healthy Dinner Ideas for Summer…Asian Nicoise Salad, Buckwheat Soba Noodles


Super fast, easy and healthy Japanese-style Buckwheat soba noodles:

Buckwheat soba noodles

Buckwheat soba noodles

– Grated Japanese daikon (radish)

– Slivered green onion

– Ponzu sauce (available at your local Whole Foods or asian market), with a sprinkle of fresh lemon juice and sesame seeds

– Boiled egg

– Buckwheat soba noodles (cooked to direction or about 3-4 min)

Assemble on plate or bamboo roll (used to make sushi but also serves as a beautiful colander/serving ware)

Quick, easy, and healthy.  Buckwheat noodles are a slow-releasing carb,  gluten-free, high in protein, iron, and lignan. 


Asian Nicoise Salad with Ponzu Dressing

asian nicoise w/ bokchoy & curried sweet corn

asian nicoise w/ bokchoy & curried sweet corn

– Arugula

– Blanched & drained bok choy (chopped)

– Julienned red bell peppers & Fuji apple

– Sliced cherry tomatoes

– Crispy leeks

– Tuna Salad (canned tuna – I really like American Tuna available at Whole Foods that’s pole-caught and hand-packed.  It’s really moist and full of flavors in its natural juices and

albeit bit expensive at $5/can,  it’s nothing like Starkist & totally worth it).  (Mixed with chopped bell peppers, capers, veganaise, and sauteed fresh sweet corn in olive oil,

pat of Earth Balance butter, free of hydrogenated oil & preservative  and a teaspoon of green curry paste).

– Asian ponzu dressing (ponzu sauce, lemon juice, garlic, walnut oil and agave).  Whisk well, toss greens with dressing, assemble nicoise tower, sprinkle bell peppers, tomatoes and leeks and enjoy~

Made with two tablespoons of love; love for food, love for life.


About chefkelly

Leveraging a lifelong passion for food and combining a unique cultural mesh of korean cuisine, robust flavors of Texas BBQ and California cuisine, Chef Kelly brings her own signature style to delectable perfect bites exploring complex and often surprising interplay of flavors, textures and colors. She has honed and shared her craft through her experiences from five star restaurant kitchens to private cooking instruction to her self-written food blog at chefkelly.com all made with 2 tablespoons of love; love for food, love for life.
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