Saturday, August 10, 2019

Asian Sesame Cucumber Salad

There’s been a typical topic in my residence recently, of food that require no warmth to make. No roasting, sauteing, boiling, frying… nothing. The an awful lot less heat, and an awful lot less work required, the better. Which potential tubs of ice cream are my finest friend, but also, vegetables, simply due to the fact balance. Too hot to prepare dinner + lazy = noshing on entire cucumbers and calling it a meal.

Asian Sesame Cucumber Salad

Side note: have you ever ever observed how thirst quenching it's to consume a cucumber? They’re like edible water bottles. Wait a minute… you guys… EDIBLE WATER BOTTLES. Why haven’t we finished this yet?! Saving the environment by consuming things? Yes please! (Okay, be trustworthy with me, am I a genius or does this already exist and I’m simply overdue to the party? Because, really, that’s typically the case, or else I’d be mega prosperous from inventing all sorts of issues that already exist.)

But I digress — let’s get again to the vegetables, here.

Asian Sesame Cucumber Salad

I am a vast fan of consuming veggies simply as they are, but let’s face it, they get boring fairly quick. Enter, cucumber salad. But now not simply any ol’ cucumber salad — spiralized, noodly, candy and tangy sesame vinaigrette cucumber salad.

This is one in all these issues you possibly can throw collectively on a each day basis, simply due to the fact except the cucumber, everything in it's only a pantry staple. Crunchy, refreshing, flavorful, and it doesn’t threaten my probabilities of profitable laziest consumer of the yr award? Score!

Asian Sesame Cucumber Salad

If zucchini noodles are referred to as zoodles, does that make cucumber noodles… coodles? Cukels?

If you don’t have a spiralizer, you may definitely slice your cucumbers into thin strips or rounds instead… but belief me, cumboodles are far extra fun to eat. (Okay, seriously, we desire a higher identify for these. Got suggestions? Leave ’em inside the comments.)

Update: for these of you short of to recognize (I get requested all of the time) here's the spiralizer I use: Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicer. I selected this one simply due to the fact it comes with diverse blades, which shop inside the unit itself. It’s somewhat bit cumbersome for storing, but to date I’ve been blissful with it!

Asian Sesame Cucumber Salad

I wasn’t joking whilst I stated I’ve been consuming entire cucumbers as a snack, but now, this salad has been my afternoon, heat-of-the-day go-to. It’s like I’m on a loopy cucumber kick. I haven’t been this obsessed since I went by way of my pickle part of 1998. (Kosher dill for the win, yo!)

I currently met any individual who advised me, they don’t *like* cucumbers. Wha’? How is that possible? I desire to know, do you're keen on cucumbers, and if so, what’s your favourite option to consume them?

And if not… have you ever tried this cucumber salad?

4.7 from 21 reviews

Cook time
20 mins
Total time
20 mins

Author: Willow at Will Cook For Friends
Recipe type: gluten-free, raw, simply made vegan
Serves: 4


2 english or hothouse cucumbers, chilled
2 tremendous carrots
1 tsp. Kosher salt
2 TBSP rice vinegar
1 TBSP contemporary lime juice (about half a lime)
2-3 TBSP honey, to taste
1 tsp. Toasted sesame oil
pinch of red pepper flakes, to taste
½-1 TBSP toasted sesame seeds (I used white and black, but both would work nice on their own)
1 scallion, sliced
2 TBSP contemporary cilantro, chopped (optional)


If you've got a spiralizer, use it to chop the cucumbers and carrots into lengthy noodles. (My carrots were now not big sufficient to suit in my spiralizer, so I used a jullienne peeler rather -- for the ones who do now not have a spiralizer, a software like this may occasionally do in a pinch, otherwise you possibly can slice the carrots and cucumber thinly with a knife.)

Place the spiralized cucumber right into a strainer and toss with 1 tsp. kosher salt. Let the cucumber drain for 15-20 minutes to take away extra water.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl or glass measuring cup, whisk collectively the vinegar, lime juice, honey, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and sesame seeds.

Once the cucumber has tired for a bit, unfold it onto a layer of paper towels, or a blank dish towel, and gently pat out as a lot moisture as you can. Place the "noodles" right into a tremendous bowl, and upload 2-3 TBSP dressing, to coat. Toss to combine, then garnish with further sesame seeds, sliced scallions, and contemporary cilantro. Serve immediately. (Leftover salad might be saved in an airitight container inside the fridge for as an awful lot as a day, but preserve in thoughts that the cucumber will proceed to launch extra water simply due to the fact it sits. If your salad turns into soupy, you possibly can drain the water from the backside of the bowl earlier than eating.)source