Soba and Yellow Split Peas Salad

soba-dal-0389 I lived without Soba noodles for decades. Until one day I decided to move to London. Now the famous japanese buckwheat noodles are in my life and the universe of ingredients and flavours I have discovered in the British capital makes me feel lucky every day.

Warning: I’m going to open the chapter “heart-wrenching litany on my nostalgic London memories”.

soba-dal-0398 Ah ah no, just kidding. I’ve already “cried” a lot here and here.

I’d rather attempt to convince you that this dish is really great. If you, like me, are a fan of soba noodles, then we can together confidently venture the word ” delicious” for this unconventional salad. Just so you know: this is not “delicious” like a saturated fat bomb Mac and Cheese or a yummy lasagna but rather like “a very healthy dish that tastes much better that you could think”. Nothing more than a surprisingly good combination of two wholesome ingredients such as split lentils and soba noodles in a quick recipe inspired by a Naturally Ella salad.

soba-dal-0399 I let the facts speak for themselves: yellow split peas are rich in two of the energy-yielding nutrients, protein and carbohydrates; 100 grams yield around 50 and 20 percent, respectively, of the recommended daily value (2,000 calorie diet). We don’t need more words; we need more action, so let’s go make ourselves a healthy salad!

As for me, I keep thinking that as long as I’ll be able to cook my favorite noodles some of my nostalgic feelings will be mitigated :).

p.s. Soba noodles lack some B-complex vitamins, iron and selenium found in wheat pasta so you may want to add some vegetables as sources of fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. Some tofu would work too!

Soba and Yellow Split Peas Salad

Yield: Serves 6-8


  • 1 9-1/2-ounce package soba noodles
  • 1 cup yellow split peas
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger


  1. Whisk together oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, salt, ginger, and garlic in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Sort through and rinse split peas. Add to a pot with water and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and then let cook for about 30 minutes until tender but still firm.
  3. While the peas are cooking, prepare the soba noodles according to the instructions on their package, (I usually cook in boiling water for about 3-4 minutes). Drain them and then rinse with cool water the noodles are at room temperature. Drain off excess water.
  4. Add peas, noodles and tomatoes to the dressing. Add more oil if, necessary. Serve at room temperature.

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  • Reply GiGi Eats January 20, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Well I am certainly going to try this with spaghetti squash or zucchini “noodles”! 🙂

  • Reply Oriana @Mommyhood's Diary January 21, 2015 at 4:39 am

    Hello Daniela!! I found your blog trough a fellow blogger’s site. Love the idea of Italian food with a healthy twist. Beautiful photos!! Pinned!!

    • Reply Daniela @FoodRecipesHQ January 21, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Thanks Oriana! Welcome to my little blog, I’m glad you stopped by 🙂 I’m now visiting your blog, I find it very cool!

  • Reply Shashi at Runninsrilankan January 21, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Wow – your photos are phenomenal Daniela! That first one makes me wanna grab that fork! I’ve never tried soba noodles – but I am so intrigued – they sound delish!

  • Reply Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health January 21, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    I love yellow split peas! They don’t get the attention they deserve. They look amazing with the soba noodles. Your pictures are so beautiful- they’re making me very hungry!!

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen January 22, 2015 at 2:29 am

    Daniela, this looks absolutely amazing! I love fresh salads, and I’ve never had buckwheat noodles. As I see them draped on that fork, I just know I want to take a bite!

  • Reply Jess @ whatjessicabakednext January 22, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I’ve never tried soba noodles, but have always wanted to! These sound amazing with the peas and other flavours. Totally, delicious & healthy dinner recipe!

  • Reply Bec January 22, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I love buckwheat/soba type noodles. Super yummy this salad looks perfect! Those colours… dayum. Bec

  • Reply Shikha @ Shikha la mode January 25, 2015 at 4:24 am

    Ooo soba is amazing. I never make it at home, only when I eat out, but I love this version!

  • Reply Howie January 26, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I never tried soba noodles nor yellow peas. The recipe looks pretty awesome though. Will keep my eyes open for those ingredients 🙂

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