Since the weather is still warm, these refreshing noodle salads are perfect for back-to-school lunches and make–ahead fall suppers.
1. Simple soba. Make a simple Japanese-inspired dressing with soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil for soba (buckwheat noodles), then add scallions, grilled mushrooms and smoked duck (if you can find it) or rotisserie chicken.
2. Umami-packed soba. Use dried shiitake mushrooms to create a deeply flavorful dressing for the noodles, then toss them with crunchy vegetables like julienned carrots and daikon.