Crunchy Cucumber Salad with Peanut Sauce!
I stumbled on this recipe a while back on pinterest and was so excited to use my spiralizer to make it! Cold, crunchy and flavorful, perfect for all of your summer get togethers! I brought it to a potluck last week and it was a HUGE hit! If you don't know about the "Spiralizer" you must check out the blog Inspiralized! Ali posts how-to's and recipes ALL the time, and even has an iphone app and cookbook! It's so simple to use and makes it super easy to replace noodles and breads in so many dishes! If you are gluten free or even just wanting to intake more veggies (or get your kids to), you MUST check it out! My 2 year old son even likes helping me spin the veggies into noodles (under supervision of course, there are blades), it's that easy!
It is Gluten free (so long as you use the soy replacement) and can be Vegan (use agave instead of honey) as well! My mom always used to make a delicious cold vermicelli noodle salad with peanut sauce and cucumbers and this tastes so similar to it, minus the noodles (even better!).
Enough with the chit chat, lets get to the recipe! Oh, and in case you don't have a "spiralizer" yet, you can also use a mandolin or a julienne peeler.
Step 1: make the peanut sauce
Throw all of the following ingredients into a food processor and mix! (if you dont have one you can also whisk)
2/3 cup creamy natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons gluten-free liquid soy seasoning (or soy sauce)
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons honey (or agave)
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
Dash of red pepper flakes, to taste
1/3 cup warm water
Step 2: make cucumber noodles
The recipe I originally found called for 2 cucumber, however I found I had a lot of sauce leftover, so I would use 3 or 4 depending on the size. You can always start with what you have and just add a bit of sauce at a time until it is to your desired ratio.
Wash, peel and slice up your cucumbers! (method will vary depending on what equipment you have)
3. prepare garnish
Chop up 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, and 1/3 cup unsalted peanuts for the garnish.
4. Toss it all together! Voila!
Drizzle the sauce on the noodles when you are ready to serve (otherwise it will get soggy), and garnish with cilantro and peanuts (skip the cilantro if you're part of the 10% of population that hates the taste).
serve and devour immediately!