Miso Tahini Sauce {recipe} – Stone Cold Soba

Miso Tahini Sauce on Soba Salad
For insta-friends who asked

Toss Miso Tahini Sauce with chilled soba and whatever vegetables are available for a “Stone Cold Soba” Salad, appropriate for a hot, 97° day that would be obscene even in July. (It’s April.)

Pictured above: wild arugula, avocado, cucumber, garlic-pickled black radish (using the Momofuku vinegar pickle recipe), scallions, and shallots. Good combinations I’ve tried before: asparagus + edamame or peas + kale , sauteed tofu + shiitake mushrooms + baby bok choy, shredded roasted chicken + spinach + mushrooms.

I put on avocado and egg on everything.

Hit with extra black pepper, crushed red pepper, and sesame seeds.

Miso Tahini Sauce {recipe}

makes about ½ cup, enough for a very large salad with some leftover


1 clove garlic very finely minced
¼ cup tahini
2-4 tablespoons shiro (white) miso, depending on how salty you like (I use 4 tablespoons)
juice from half a lemon, about 1 tablespoon
¼ cup or more warm water
salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
optional: lemon zest, 1-2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup, handful finely chopped herbs


Combine minced garlic, tahini, 2 tablespoons miso and lemon juice in a bowl. Add warm water by the teaspoon and stir until the sauce is the consistency of a thin salad dressing. Taste and additional miso if necessary (I usually add the full 4 tablespoons).

Add black pepper to taste, as well as any optional ingredients like lemon zest, honey, or chopped herbs. (I usually don’t add anything else.)

Resources + Notes + Tips

~ most produce from local LA farmers’ markets, of particular note, Santa Monica on Wednesday
~ tahini: Kevala Organic at Whole Foods Market (also available on amazon.com)
~ miso: whatever organic white miso (usually in a clear plastic square tub) I can find in the refrigerated section at Whole Foods Market, a few available on amazon.com
~ soba: buckwheat noodles, usually made with some regular wheat flour. Unless you are on a restricted diet, 100% buckwheat noodles not recommended; they are supremely brittle and weirdly sticky.
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1 L.A. Brown May 4, 2014 at 4:45 am

I’ve got a half package of soba noodles in the pantry that i now has a plan. This is such a pretty bowl of food. And by the way, it’s supposed to be 86 degrees in Denver today. That’s really hot for this time of year.


2 TheDelicious May 5, 2014 at 12:22 pm

also really good with ginger scallion sauce! or even simple sriracha, sesame oil, and tamari/soy sauce!


3 Meghan May 18, 2014 at 10:38 pm

Have you come across ANY brand of 100% buckwheat noodles that are half decent? I’m a celiac and they’re really hard to come by for some reason (in Vancouver) – I would order them online if someone who knows what they are doing (i.e. you!) recommended them!!


4 TheDelicious May 18, 2014 at 11:00 pm

So far, the only 100% buckwheat soba I’ve tried is by Eden Foods, which I buy at Whole Foods, and that’s the one that is brittle – but honestly, no matter the brand, I bet all 100% buckwheat soba is like that just because of the nature of buckwheat flour. I am going to try this: http://kingsoba.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=25 bc I also want to try that company’s BLACK RICE NOODLES! if you come across a great product, please let me know!


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