Tennis Team Potluck = Soba Salad

My daughter is playing tennis for Hilo High School these days and loves it.  She loves the sport as well as the people on the team with her.


This is my first experience as a tennis parent and one of the traditions is that the home team hosts a potluck for the visiting team. On a recent rainy Saturday, we faced rain delays and ultimately the cancellation of a few matches. So after all that, we proceeded to open the potluck.

There was a delicious mushroom rice mixture with rice from Niigata and mushrooms from Akita, pizza, chicken katsu, sandwiches, happy rice, nori chicken, cookies, butter mochi and so much more.

My contribution was a soba salad.  Quick and easy to make and pretty tasty.  This recipe comes from a cookbook called Hawaii’s Best Salads, Sides & Soups by Jean Watanabe Hee.

Soba Salad


1 package soba noodles, boiled and drained.
1/2 pound ocean salad
1/2 Maui or sweet onion, thinly sliced
1/2 pound imitation crab, shredded
1 package baby spinach leaves
1 tomato, thinly sliced

Place spinach on a large platter or in a 9×13 pan.  Top with soba, ocean salad, sliced onions, imitation crab, and tomatoes in that order.


1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup Japanese vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 teaspoons lemon juice


Mix well until sugar is dissolved.  Pour over salad before serving.  Easy potluck recipe that people will enjoy.  Living Hilo Style.


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