6 ounces buckwheat soba noodles
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup brown rice vinegar
1 tablespoon agave nectar or maple syrup
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon fresh lime zest
1/2 cup chopped cilantro, divided
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced
1 small red bell pepper, sliced
1 large carrot, grated
2 tablespoon chopped peanuts, optional
1. Cook noodles in boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold running water.
2. Puree peanut butter, vinegar, agave nectar, ginger, soy sauce, garlic, lime juice, lime zest, and 1/4 cup cilantro in blender or food processor until smooth and creamy, adding two to three tablespoons of warm water to thin, if necessary.
3. Toss together noodles, cucumber, bell pepper, carrot, and peanut butter mixture. Garnish with remaining cilantro and chopped peanuts, if using.