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Fast & Easy Dinner: Asian Noodle Salad With Eggplant

Fast & Easy Dinner: Asian Noodle Salad With Eggplant

This vegetarian pasta salad makes a great summer meal. It's packed with grilled veggies (eggplant, mushrooms, and green onions) and fresh flavors (lime and ginger). The balanced and healthy pasta comes together quickly and simply. Grilled chicken or steak would be excellent additions. To learn how to make it,


Asian Noodle Salad With Eggplant

Asian Noodle Salad With Eggplant

Asian Noodle Salad With Eggplant


4 Japanese eggplants, unpeeled, cut on diagonal into 1/3-inch-thick slices
8 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed
2 bunches green onions, trimmed
1/4 cup Asian sesame oil
1 6-ounce package dried chuka soba (Japanese-style) noodles*
1 8-ounce package sugar snap peas, trimmed
7 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 teaspoons finely grated lime peel
1 1/2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger


  1. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat).
  2. Combine first 3 ingredients; add Asian sesame oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill vegetables until tender, turning often, about 7 minutes for eggplant and mushrooms and 5 minutes for green onions.
  4. Transfer mushrooms and onions to cutting board; cool slightly. Slice mushrooms and onions.
  5. Meanwhile, cook noodles in large pot of boiling salted water until almost tender but still firm to bite, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add sugar snap peas to noodles; cook 1 minute longer. Drain well. Transfer noodle mixture to large serving bowl. Add grilled vegetables.
  7. Whisk last 4 ingredients in small bowl to blend. Toss noodle salad with dressing; season with salt and pepper.

Serves 4.

*The cooking time of Japanese-style chuka soba noodles varies by a minute or two depending on the brand of noodle. Test them after three minutes to avoid overcooking.

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DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 8 years
I'm with Ema - 86 the 'shrooms and more room for eggplant! I'd probably also just roast the veggies instead of grill them (I don't have a grill), and add some julienned carrots and zucchini or yellow squash to round-out the meal.
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 8 years
Looks yummy :) Now, I just need someone to make it for me. Kidding :D
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 8 years
Looks yummy :)Now, I just need someone to make it for me. Kidding :D
SugarFreak SugarFreak 8 years
LOL...Ema I was going post something exactly opposite of what you wrote. I hate eggplant but LOVE mushrooms--especially shiitake.
emalove emalove 8 years
Lose the mushrooms and I'm in! I love anything with eggplant.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I think I might make myself this.
dameneko dameneko 8 years
yummy! this looks like a good dish to take to work, too.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
Japanese eggplant is one of my favorite ingredients.
Kelly7525 Kelly7525 8 years
It looks a little tough to make. Looks good though.
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 8 years
mmm.. love soba noodles. dont really like eggplant much though. so many variations could be made to this recipe and still turn out great.
lesley1216 lesley1216 8 years
even though that looks good, it doesn't really seem fast OR easy
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