Sesame Citrus Soba Salad

February 9, 2018

Sesame Citrus Soba Salad on Faring Well from #PowerPlates

I feel spoiled with Anya’s cookbook last week, and now Gena’s beautiful cookbook this week too! It is called Power Plates, and let me tell you, you’ll feel powerful after giving it a flip. Gena is a food blogger, recipe developer, and nutritionist. You probably know about her beautiful blog, The Full Helping, and maybe even own her previous cookbook, Food52 Vegan – a total “vegan beginners” staple (which I covered years ago in a blog post here). She is such an incredibly kind and caring person, and over the years of growing our relationship online I can say that anyone who knows Gena feels very lucky to. She is a real, down to earth beam of sunshine. I always walk away from our conversations (and her blog posts) feeling grounded and thankful. When it comes to recipes, Gena is all about balance and feeling nourished (physically and emotionally). She takes the ‘complicated’ out of preparing vegan meals.

Power Plates truly is an extension of Gena’s passion and talents. The book features one hundred one-dish vegan meals that are balanced, nourishing, and powerful. They are uncomplicated and everything you want to eat right this minute. These recipes are perfect for everyday meals. She uses basic ingredients you can find at a traditional market, and shows how to really round-out your bowls with plenty of healthy carbohydrates, fats, protein, and fiber. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are covered in her book, with the emphasis being on savory recipes. I’m dying to try her savory Mediterranean oats, mushroom miso barely soup, golden rice bowls, sushi bowls, and baked millet polenta with spicy red lentil marinara. Each dish uses such unique flavors, I do not believe ‘boring’ is in Gena’s vocabulary ;).

The salad recipe featured in today’s post stood out to me right away (Scott and I are such suckers for soba noodles). I love this dish because it uses winter produce but looks like it’s from summer! I like to eat bright and fresh all year long, and love how the crispy carrot ribbons and shredded cabbage go with the noodles and sauce. You can add edamame, or crispy tofu, or leave them both out and just amp up the veggies. The green onions and cilantro add flavor in a pinch, but this salad is also wonderful without – so make it as fancy or simple as you’d like. What I love most is Gena’s recipe for the sauce – it’s bursting with citrus! Orange juice for sweetness, lime juice for tang, ginger and garlic to make it exciting, tahini for creaminess, and plenty of tamari for the salty vibe too. It’s perfectly balanced, just like everything she makes.

Also worth noting is how great this meal packs for lunch at school, the office, traveling, etc. We always make double or triple the recipe and store individual servings of the soba noodle salad in glass containers for easy to grab luches during the week (with the sauce stored in a smaller container on the side). We used soba noodles here made from a mixture of buckwheat and whole wheat flours. If you use the 100% buckwheat variety they do tend to stick together a bit when stored – but still taste just as amazing.

To celebrate the release of Gena’s cookbook, I have a GIVEAWAY for you. Yay! Enter to win a copy of Gena’s beautiful cookbook, Power Plates, by leaving a comment below stating who you wish you could share a ‘power plate’ with by next Wednesday, February 14th. (What a nice little Valentines Day surprise it will be!) Wishing you nourishing days ahead with lots of smiles and hugs from me to you – xo.

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This recipe is being republished from the cookbook, Power Plates, with permission of Gena. See more of her beautiful work on her blog, The Full Helping. As well as daily inspiration on her Instagram, @thefullhelping.

Makes 4 servings of salad, and about 1 cup (240 ML) of dressing.

8 ounces (225 g) soba noodles
3 carrots, grated or cut into matchsticks
1 1⁄2 cups (105 g) shredded red cabbage
1 1⁄2 cups (225 g) shelled edamame, steamed
2 scallions, green parts only, chopped
1⁄2 cup (20 g) chopped fresh cilantro

1⁄3 cup (85 g) almond butter or tahini
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
6 tablespoons (90 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 1⁄2 tablespoons tamari
1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced or finely grated
1 tablespoon minced or finely grated ginger, or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
pinch of red pepper flakes

optional toppings
cubed baked tofu, sriracha sauce, chopped scallions, red pepper flakes

To make the salad, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the soba noodles, then adjust the heat to maintain a low boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the noodles are just softening to al dente. Add the edamame and boil for another 2 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water.

Put the carrots, cabbage, scallions, and cilantro in a large bowl.

To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well blended.

To assemble the salad, add the soba and edamame to the vegetables and toss gently. Then pour in the dressing and toss again until well combined. Taste and adjust the seasonings if desired. Serve at room temperature, with toppings of choice.

NOTES: We left out the edamame and added pan-crisped tofu to our bowls. This also made two servings of salad for us instead of four (we eat a lot) with extra dressing. I also left out the sesame oil in the dressing and it was totally fantastic, so if you don’t have any on hand no worries!

I love seeing what you create! Be sure to tag your photos on Instagram with #FWmakers.

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  • Reply Jessica February 9, 2018 at 2:22 am

    I’ve been a fan of Gena’s since her Choosing Raw days! I’d love to win a copy of Power Plates and share a delicious power plate with my dear friend Anika…she lives in Germany, I live in the US. We always wish we could share a delicious plant-based meal more often together.

  • Reply Lisa Erck February 9, 2018 at 3:28 am

    I would love to share this bowl with my Mom! We both love healthy and fresh foods but she is craving them more than anything lately because she fell and is currently in a rehab facility. She’s especially missing home cooked/healthy foods!

  • Reply Sonia February 9, 2018 at 4:46 am

    I would without a doubt share with my husband. He has recently gotten some scary health news and I am trying to make every meal vegan, nutritious and filled with protein. I am actually making soba noodles for dinner tonight. I found these beautiful forbidden rice soba noodles that I’ve been looking forward to eating. Happy Valentines!

  • Reply kandie rosser February 9, 2018 at 5:39 am

    I also would like to begin incorporating new ideas into my meal planning. This dish looks wonderful and I think this will be our lunch today. thanks

  • Reply kandie rosser February 9, 2018 at 5:40 am

    I would love an opportunity to win this book and add some new ideas to my menu planning.

  • Reply Abby @ Heart of a Baker February 9, 2018 at 6:03 am

    I’ve been seeing Gena’s book all over and it’s calling to me! I sometimes get stuck in the winter with the lack of produce in the Midwest, but this looks so perfect! xo

  • Reply Lily February 9, 2018 at 6:15 am

    I would love to win a cook book. I recently went vegan and have been looking for recipes. I’m a college student so buying cook books is not always in my budget but I need some ideas for healthy vegan recipes! I would love to share this book with our library so lots of other kids can have access to a wonderful source full of heathy nourishing recipes!! happy Valentine’s Day!!!

  • Reply Kay February 9, 2018 at 6:40 am

    I would share this meal and new way of eating with my twin sister. We are both trying to re-boot our lives as older women who need to get healthier and find new vigor.
    Thanks for your inspiration!

  • Reply Hannah February 9, 2018 at 7:00 am

    I would share with my hubby- we love cooking together:)

  • Reply Laura S February 9, 2018 at 8:13 am

    I would love to share it with my husband, we are trying to eat healthier, but coming up with meals we enjoy is hard, this book looks like it has a ton of wonderful ideas!!

  • Reply gail February 9, 2018 at 8:20 am

    This recipe sounds delicious and since I love Gena’s turmeric rice and greens I am curious/excited about the golden bowls. While I would love this cookbook, I’d share it with Lily above because she said she’d like to share it with the library – so kind and generous!

  • Reply Aimee Douglass February 9, 2018 at 9:00 am

    I would definitely share with my husband, who I am trying to get to eat more plant based. This colorful salad looks like something he would enjoy!

  • Reply Hollie February 9, 2018 at 9:02 am

    I would love to share this with my vegan. It’s really hard having meals together as not vegan. Any chance I get I create nourish big meals that sour both of us.

    I had vegan friends before I met him so the tradition was easy for me. I’m sure it’s tough on other couples when ones not eating the same as you. We have a good balance most of the time.

  • Reply Brylee February 9, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Ohh my this cheeky bowl looks wonderful such a beauty with all that colour!
    I would so love to win a copy of this cookbook.
    If I did I would be cooking from it along side my newly fiancé ❤️
    A good friend of mine once said ‘find someone in your life who loves food because you will be happy at least three times a day!’
    I think that’s one of the best things I’ve heard

  • Reply Trish H. February 9, 2018 at 9:07 am

    I would love to share this bowl with my bestie who lives in Orlando, FL! Spending anytime with her makes my day! Food=Love

  • Reply Katie February 9, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Soba noodle salads are one of my very favorite things to eat! I would love to use this cookbook to inspire new dinners to share with my husband. He is a carnivore, and its always a fun challenge to come up with meatless things he loves.

  • Reply Sarah February 9, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I would love to share a Power Plate with my partner Liam! We love exploring new delicious recipes together and bowls are one of our favorites!

  • Reply Allison February 9, 2018 at 9:42 am

    I would love to share a power plate with my sister. She lives a few hours away and I haven’t seen her for a while and miss her. I would love to catch up with her over this bowl of deliciousness!

  • Reply samantha February 9, 2018 at 10:07 am

    I would love to share a ‘power plate’ with my husband. It is our first valentine’s day as a married couple, and our (first) anniversary is a few days later. With valentine’s day, his birthday, and our anniversary all within five days, we decided to make valentine’s day tradition a night in with a special meal and cards instead of all the extra stuff.
    This dish looks so yummy! I cannot wait to make it this coming week.

    Jessie, is this the same recipe that you posted a picture of on Instagram a few weeks ago?

  • Reply Megan G. February 9, 2018 at 10:14 am

    I suppose I should say I’d share my power plate with my hubby. But actually I’d like to share a Galentines’ Day power plate with Michelle Obama. I would love to have a convo with her. Ha.
    Definitely making this recipe for lunch next week. Fingers crossed on the giveaway.

  • Reply Zoe Cudney February 9, 2018 at 11:21 am

    My little brother, who thinks vegan food is only rabbit food, just to prove to him how amazingly delicious it can be!

  • Reply Violet February 9, 2018 at 11:43 am

    I would share this power plate with my mother, the most powerful woman I know :) Also curious to know which soba noodles you use – can’t find any that use whole wheat instead of white! Thanks Jess!

  • Reply Beth February 9, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Delish! I recently bought the Food 52 Vegan book, and love it. I would love to share a power plate with my sweet, veggie loving husband. Yum!

  • Reply Gena February 9, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Dearest Jessie,

    I am so glad that blogging has brought us together as friends and fellow food lovers. Our conversations always feel like a ray of sunshine, thanks to your sweet and buoyant spirit and energy. And I’m just incredibly honored that you enjoyed the book, that this recipe shone out to you, and that you’ve been enjoying packing it up! I was hoping it would be one of the more convenient/portable options. So much love and gratitude to you for sharing.


  • Reply Jackie February 9, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    My husband is trying to eat more vegetarian meals. I think this cookbook sounds like the perfect thing to help with his goal!

  • Reply Carla February 9, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    I have been seeing so many reviews about this cookbook. It’s so gorgeous. I would love to share a power plate with my sweet vegan family.

  • Reply Caroline February 9, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    I would love to share it with my boyfriend. Unfortunately, he’s currently working away for the next two months or so, so we won’t be celebrating Valentine’s Day together! We will enjoy a meal from “power plate” when he gets back! That’s for sure! If it wouldn’t be for you, I wouldn’t have found gena’s instagram. Both of you ladies are inspirations! Thank you both.

  • Reply Jesse February 9, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    I would love to share a power plate with my mom who always nourished me throughout my childhood :)

  • Reply Heidi February 9, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Gena’s blog was one of the first vegan blogs I started to follow mostly because of her Green Recovery Story section. Those stories, and her own stories of dealing with Eating Disorders really helped me out. So I’d love to share a Power Plate with her! As that isn’t too likely, I’d love to share a Power Plate meal with my sweet hubby, who is my biggest cooking fan! He loves trying new things so he makes it fun to cook. This recipe sounds like a real winner, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Karen February 9, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    I’d love to share a power plate with my mom as she lives in Ontario (I’m in BC). But she loves new cookbooks and recipes too and would love the above recipe!

  • Reply Lisa February 10, 2018 at 4:50 am

    I started reading Gena’s wonderful recipes and thoughts on Food 52 and then started following her blog. I would happily share this power plate (and many others) with my husband – in fact I think that;s what I’ll plan on for tonight!

  • Reply Genevieve February 10, 2018 at 9:06 am

    I would love to share a Power Plate with my mom! Even though we live in different cities, we love to connect over fun, adventurous, healthy meal ideas!

  • Reply Hannah February 10, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Oh my goodness, I want to pour myself a glass of that dressing and drink it straight. I love to cook for my sweet mom and sister, so sharing an awesome power plate would them would be my ideal date!

  • Reply Meg February 10, 2018 at 11:11 am

    This cookbook sounds like the perfect addition to my kitchen right now – with 2 littles and a husband who works long & late hours, a 1-dish plant-based meal is singing to me!!! I would love to share a power plate with my sister Bryn who lives across the country in sunny LA (I’m in grey & cold Ohio). ❤️

  • Reply Nicole February 10, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I would love to share these recipes with my mom! She is on a journey to lower her cholesterol by eating more vegetables and I think these recipes would be a great start.

  • Reply Gretta February 10, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Hi! I LOVE sharing meals with my 2 year old son, Arlo. His favorite food right now is grapes though, so I hope to encourage him to continue trying new & delicious plant based foods as we cook in the kitchen together. I’d love to cook our way through Power Plates together, than again with my 3 month old daughter, Emma!

  • Reply Laine February 10, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    I would share a power plate with my best friend who’s living in Australia right now. I miss her terribly and one of our favourite things when we’re together is to share simple, nourishing meals.

  • Reply Talia February 11, 2018 at 2:19 am

    I would share a power plate with my loving incredible mama who I miss so much and wish I could share meals with everyday <3

  • Reply Emily February 11, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    I’d totally share this meal with my mom. She has always loved a bowl full of veggies dressed just right! Also my 10 month old daughter would probably sneak a few handfuls of noodles 😉 I’d love to check out the book!

  • Reply Imola February 12, 2018 at 11:42 am

    I would love to share a power plate with my little two-year-old. She rarely eats from her own plate, but she loves picking small pieces from mine, whatever we are having. But mostly pasta and cheese 😂 . Tipical toddler, I guess, but it is just a phase that will pass, hopefully.

  • Reply Abby February 13, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Yum! I would love to share this with my husband, as we continue our healthy eating journey together!

  • Reply Imola February 14, 2018 at 1:00 am

    I would love to share a power plate with my little two-year-old. She rarely eats from her own plate, but she loves picking small pieces from mine, whatever we are having. But mostly pasta and cheese 😂. Tipical toddler, I guess, but it is just a phase that will pass, hopefully.

  • Reply Lauren February 14, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I’d like to share this with my sister, whose birthday it is today!

  • Reply Anne February 14, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    I love this book! I just checked out a copy from my public library, and there are lots of holds on this title…but I don’t want to give it back! I would love to share this book with the women in my Library’s Cookbook Club. We meet monthly from October through May cooking recipes on various themes. This could work for Salad Days, Bowl me Over, Veg Out – the possibilities are endless!:)

  • Reply Beth February 16, 2018 at 9:51 am

    I made this and it was seriously amazing! So healthy, delicious, and satisfying. Thank you for sharing. :)

  • Reply Kay February 18, 2018 at 9:53 am

    who ended up with the book? curious.
    It’s funny to see all of us (well, me) who are lurkers and not commenters. Haha.

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