Spicy cold noodle salad with watercress & fava beans (broad beans)

March 6 2016
by emma

Spicy cold noodle salad with watercress & fava beans (broad beans) l a splash of vanillaWho’d like some fava beans and a nice chianti?  haha, anyway.

This lovely little green number with noodles, nutty, crunchy broad beans and fresh watercress is easy to whip up for a quick lunch.

watercress l a splash of vanilla

Spicy cold noodle salad with watercress & fava beans (broad beans) l a splash of vanilla

Spicy cold noodle salad with watercress & fava beans (broad beans) l a splash of vanilla

Recipe for spicy cold noodle salad with watercress & fava beans (broad beans):

90g soba noodles
150g broad beans, fresh or frozen
80g watercress leaves
1 spring onion, white and green parts thinly sliced

Dressing:
15mls macadamia nut or avocado oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tspns fresh grated ginger
Pinch chilli flakes (to taste)
15mls Mirin
15mls tamari sauce
15mls sweet soy sauce
1 x 15ml tblspn miso paste

Find a large salad bowl.

Place soba noodles into a medium saucepan of boiling water – lower heat a bit and simmer for 2 minutes, then add in broad beans, bring to the boil again and simmer for another 1-2 minutes, or until tender.  Pour into a colander and rinse through with cold water then drain well.

Dressing:
While noodles are cooking, pour oil into a small saucepan and add garlic, ginger and chilli flakes. Bring to a gentle sizzle and stir for a bit until it smells fragrant. Add in Mirin and stir through until heated then take off the hotplate and whisk in tamari sauce, sweet soy sauce and miso until smooth; add a small splash of water and whisk again. Set aside.

Place most of the watercress and all the sliced spring onions into bowl then add noodles and warm dressing; stir through until everything is coated with the dressing.

Serve onto 2 serving plates with extra watercress over the top.

Serves: 2

5 Responses leave one →
  1. Spectacular salad, Emma! I can’t tell you enough how much we love watercress and fava beans at home. Your opening (featured) image is painterly and mouthwatering. Thank you! Love it! xo 🙂

  2. Oh my gosh, yesssss. This looks amazing! With the temps climbing here (high 80’s in March…what?) that salad hits the spot. Plus, chopsticks. You have me at chopsticks.

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