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Soba Noodles with Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Mirin Dressing | Simple Provisions

It’s the depths of winter in Kyneton and I’m struggling. Winter seems awfully long this year, which is perhaps a result of me having two summers in a row preceding it, or that I’ve moved to a part of the world that inherits its weather from a small, cold, cloud-loving mountain. My Instagram and Pinterest feeds are full of North American summer cocktails, fruit, lake houses and sandals, making me long for warmer climes. Which is how I ended up making one of my favourite summer night dishes in July: soba noodles with smoked salmon, avocado and mirin dressing.

I first had something like this dish eight years ago in a small noodle bar in Melbourne and I’ve been making versions of it ever since. My attempts at the dressing were never quite right until I added mirin.

Mirin is a clear, golden cooking wine made from rice. It’s a relative of sake and adds flavour and sweetness to Japanese dishes. When combined with sesame oil and tamari or soy sauce, the dressing is sweet, nutty, salty and just the thing to bring simple noodles to life. If you don’t have mirin, you can substitute sake with a pinch of sugar at a 3:1 ratio (and then you get to drink the rest of the sake bottle with your noodles).

This dressing is also excellent over sautéed spinach or try combining a teaspoon of mirin, soy sauce and sesame oil in the well of half an avocado for a fancied-up snack.

Soba Noodles with Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Mirin Dressing | Simple Provisions

This soba noodle dish is served cold, and is a great option for lunch boxes or pre-prepared weeknight meals because once the noodles are cooked, all that’s left to do is assemble. Slices of avocado and smoked salmon sit on top of the chilled, dressed noodles and are finished with a sprinkling of sesame seeds and chives. If you like some heat, wasabi adds some interest to this simple combination.

It’s summer style cooking that can be enjoyed all year round, providing respite for those of us still in the root vegetable and soup phase of the year.

Soba Noodles with Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Mirin Dressing

Serves 2 hungry people, or 2 with some leftovers for lunch


  • 125g soba noodles
  • 1-2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 100g smoked salmon
  • Chives
  • Wasabi (optional)


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 3 cm finely chopped fresh ginger


Put a big pot of water on to boil. While that comes to temperature, place all the ingredients for the dressing in a screw-top jar and shake to combine. Set aside.

Cook the soba noodles according to the packet instructions. Rinse under cold water when done and place in a large bowl.

Toss the noodles in half the dressing and divide into two serving bowls.

Divide the smoked salmon and place on top of the noodles, along with slices of avocado. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped chives. Drizzle everything with remaining dressing. Add a squirt of wasabi on the side if you fancy it.

27 thoughts on “Soba Noodles with Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Mirin Dressing

  1. Jodi says:

    That sounds fantastic! I am so saving this in my food bookmarks for a quick and easy dinner option. Thanks! (and I definately know about the endless winter.) Thanks goodness the days are finally getting longer – hope in is sight!

    1. Amelia says:

      Yes Jodi! More sunshine is definitely giving me hope.

  2. Saskia (1=2) says:

    Love this Amelia, and your gorgeous photos. I’m hankering for salad weather (it was 3 degrees here last night). We love our soba salads, and I make a similar one with ponzu dressing. Your mirin dressing sounds like a lovely change. Will definitely give it a try. Your avocado snack looks excellent too – perfect nutrition for a lady in your condition (although I know your beige snacks from 2 posts ago offer their own benefits too).

    1. Amelia says:

      I haven’t cooked with ponzu before, I’ll have to try it Saskia. I can see many more soba noodle salads in my future to give it a whirl on. And yes, the avocado is a step up from my beige snacks. I can’t even look at a packet of chips now. Isn’t pregnancy weird?!

  3. This sounds delicious! The weather has been unseasonably warm in my part of Australia which is making my longing for summer even worse. I cannot wait to try this!

    1. Amelia says:

      Ah, the warm winter. It’s almost worse than a cold one, as it promises but never delivers! I hope you enjoy the noodles Hannah.

  4. I can’t wait to try this, looks delicious. Have you eve tried, Somen noodles? I love those cold as well.

    1. Amelia says:

      I haven’t tried somen, I don’t think I’ve even seen them in the shops. I’ll have to look out for them and give them a try. Thanks!

  5. ritavegas says:

    Winter in Kyneton,extremely hot in Las Vegas!It looks light and delicious and the flavors balanced!What’s exactly soba noodles?Like rice noodles?

    1. Amelia says:

      Soba noodles are made from buckwheat Rita. Here’s a great article from The Kitchn on the different asian noodles Enjoy that sun for me!

      1. ritavegas says:

        Thank you so much!

  6. sarahp says:

    Looks dedelish! LikeLike most of the posters here I make a similar one. I use cooking sake in my dressing too, and add thinly sliced red capsicum, snow peas, and cucumbers to the soba. Definitely a summer dish. Looking forward to trying your version.

    1. Amelia says:

      Cucumber goes so well with cold soba noodles, especially when peanuts are involved. Your version sounds lovely.

  7. Soba makes a good summer dish! You even take soba to the next level. Looks so moreish!

  8. fudgingood says:

    Salmon and Avocado is one of my favourite flavour combinations!

    1. Amelia says:

      Me too. I also like it tossed through pasta or on a sandwich.

  9. This sounds so good – healthy and delicious – I might add some spinach, too. Thanks!

  10. Urvashi Roe says:

    This looks so wonderfully wholesome and easy too

  11. Hello there. I really enjoy reading your blog and I’ve nominated you for a ‘My favourite things’ Award – see xx

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you! That is very sweet of you!

      1. You’re very welcome – love your sharp, tasty, clean recipes :)

  12. DM Chic says:

    This soba salmon dish looks absolutely delicious! I have to try it!

  13. Wow! I totally love this dish! Simple, quick, healthy and sooooo delicious! Thanks for this great recipe.

    1. Amelia says:

      You’re welcome!

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