By Jen Harwell

Some of the simplest and greatest meals often involve pasta, but if you're feeling stuck in a pasta rut, why not switch to soba? These Japanese noodles make the most satisfying noodle bowls you'll ever make. Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour and many brands are gluten-free, but check the package to determine if wheat flour has been added. You can buy soba at Asian grocery stores, or the Asian section of your grocery stores. These modest noodles have a delicious nutty flavor and are the perfect accompaniment to crunchy vegetables and grilled meat. Here are scrumptious soba noodle bowl recipes to try.

This zesty Thai salad is perfect with some grilled chicken and a cold beer.

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Fresh ginger and rice vinegar give this healthy salad a real zippy flavor.

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Say goodbye to boring chicken, and wake up your taste buds with sweet and spicy soba and chicken.

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Soba and sesame are a match made in heaven, just add some crunchy vegetables and you have the perfect dish.

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This salad is delicious served cold, and is a great potluck dish for a summer BBQ.

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Tamarind gives this dish a beautiful color and tangy flavor.

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One of the easiest dinners is big brothy bowls of noodle soup. Add chicken or tofu for protein.

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"This is a deliciously fresh and easy recipe," says Tarrin. "It is best served cold but can also be served at room temperature. I guarantee you'll be having seconds!"

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"I fell in love with the Panera Bread Shrimp and Soba Salad, decided to recreate it myself, and fell in love with my recipe," says Chantal Rogers. "This is now one of my favorites!"

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"An easy recipe using soba noodles. My husband and one-and-a-half-year-old loved it!" says Snappycakes.

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