Miso-Avocado Soba Noodles With Kale
Recipe type: Noodles
Yield: Serves 2-3
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 (8- or 9-ounce) package soba noodles
  • 1 bunch of lacinato kale, stemmed and cut into ribbons
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 medium clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons white miso
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the soba noodles according to the package's instructions. Drain and cool to room temperature (to expedite this process, run under cool water or soak in a bowl of ice water for a few minutes).
  2. Add the kale and a generous pinch of salt to a large mixing bowl. Massage (scrunch the kale leaves in your hands) until the kale has softened a bit; this will take a few minutes.
  3. Pit and peel the avocado, cut it into large chunks and add to a food processor with the garlic, sesame oil, miso, soy sauce, and lime juice. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add the noodles, sauce, and half of the sesame seeds to the kale. Toss together, then season to taste with additional soy sauce, if needed.
  5. Divide between two bowls and garnish with the remaining sesame seeds.
To make gluten-free, use 100-percent buckwheat soba noodles and chickpea miso. Sometimes I perk up leftovers with a dollop of chile crisp sauce (aka angry lady sauce). If you don't have a food processor, a blender can be used to make the avocado sauce, with the caveat that it's a bit harder to get all of the sauce out of the jug, as it's pretty thick.
Recipe by A Modest Feast at http://www.amodestfeast.com/2017/06/05/miso-avocado-soba-noodles-kale/