Soba Noodle Salad


From our friends at Bonberi

We love seeing what living healthy looks like to different members of our community. Nicole Berrie, Founder and Editor of Bonberi is here to share her delicious—and skin-friendly—Soba Noodle Salad recipe, which is perfect for Stress Reactive skin.

"I recently stopped by Naturopathica's spa in Chelsea to experience their new Holistic Facial. True to its name, the facial starts with a comprehensive intake form that looks at factors like diet, stress and skin care to understand what's happening on the skin's surface. I left the facial with "beauty food" recommendations for my Skin Personality (Stress Reactive), and went home to make an inspired dinner for my family. This recipe features skin-friendly ingredients like omega-packed sesame seeds and avocado, which are amazing for elasticity, as well as gut-friendly fermented kimchi to prevent breakouts and alkaline, raw vegetables to hydrate from the inside-out. Make it and store in the fridge for up to three days for an easy go-to meal." — Nicole Berrie, Founder and Editor of Bonberi



1 package of 100% buckwheat soba
1 small head of romaine or gem lettuce, thinly sliced
1 firmly ripe avocado, cubed
1 small cucumber, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1 large carrot, peeled and julienned
1/2 cup of shelled edamame beans, defrosted
1/4 cup of purple cabbage, thinly sliced
1 cup of shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 cup of chopped broccoli florets
1/4 cup kimchi, chopped
3 tablespoons of chopped scallions
1 handful of fresh mint, chopped
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
Tamari sauce
Avocado oil or coconut oil


3 tablespoons Tamari sauce
4 tablespoons of rice vinegar or Ume Plum vinegar
2 teaspoons of toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon of raw honey or coconut sugar
1-inch-long knob of ginger, grated
1 clove garlic, grated
1 shallot, minced
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/4 cup of cold filtered water

In a large pot, boil 6 cups of water. Add soba noodles and lower to a rolling boil. Boil 10-15 minutes, continually checking until noodles are cooked but al dente. The water will be very thick from the starch and noodles may stick, but don't worry. Transfer noodles to a colander and rinse under very cold water, removing the excess starch with your hands. Once noodles are thoroughly clean, add ice cubes and set aside.

In another small pan, heat a drop of avocado or coconut oil and sauté mushrooms with a tablespoons of tamari sauce. Sauté until mushrooms are browned. Set aside to cool.

In a separate small pot, heat 3 cups of water, when boiling, boil broccoli florets until bright green, about 3 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.

While vegetables are cooling, combine all dressing ingredients in a medium sized bowl and whisk until well-combined.

In a large serving bowl, combine all raw vegetables, cooked and cooled soba noodles, cooked and cooled vegetables and fresh herbs. Pour over dressing and toss well. Garnish with sesame seeds. Serve right away or store in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Avocado is rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega-3 Fatty Acids primarily contain alpha-linoleic acid which helps skin cells maintain water, as well as build dermal ceramides—binding agents between skin cells that help firm and tone the skin.

Cucumbers are highly alkaline, meaning they can help to balance the acid in the body. Sleep deprivation, lack of exercise and stress accelerate acidity, which can lead to irritated or stressed skin. If you are prone to sensitive or blemished skin, incorporate more alkaline foods into your diet.

Carrots and Scallions are good sources of phytonutrients—the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can help clean up cellular damage caused by free radicals. Foods that are rich in phytonutrients help to keep the gut flora in balance to tame inflammation.

A staple of Korean cuisine, Kimchi is traditionally made from fermented cabbage and spices. Fermented foods are rich in probiotics, which help to promote healthy bacteria in the gut to improve digestion. Probiotics are key to having good skin because they protect the gut lining and help nutrients absorb into the body, thereby preventing inflammation.

Cabbage and Broccoli are cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables are especially beneficial for healthy skin because they contain sulfuric compounds called glucosinates that are potent detoxifiers for the liver.