In Bastyr University's Whole Foods Salads course taught by Cynthia Lair, BA, CHN, she says this Asian Noodle Salad with Toasted Sesame Dressing is often the favorite dish. If you want to serve the gluten-free version, be sure to check the labels on your soba noodles and tamari, which aren't always gluten-free.
Cook soba noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse in colander
Toast sesame seeds by placing in a dry skillet over medium heat. Keep seeds moving until they give off aroma, pop and begin to change color. Remove and set aside
To make the Toasted Sesame Dressing, combine sesame oil, vinegar, tamari, maple syrup and hot pepper oil in a small bowl; whisk together.
Place drained noodles in a large bowl. Add dressing, sesame seeds and cilantro; toss gently. Add chopped vegetables, if desired, and toss again.