Cucumber quinoa salad. Perfect for warmer weather.
For as long as I can remember cucumber has always been my favorite veggie. Only to find out as an adult it's really a fruit.. First Pluto is not really a planet and now fruity cucumbers.. I just can't deal with it all
Either way.. This was pretty tasty.
It was difficult for me to make a meal that highlighted cucumbers. They have always been an add-on in my house. Salads...salads....and more salads. So I made salad! Except this time, it highlights cucumbers as a tuna-filled boat. It was quite delicious and filling. I served mine with a dijon vinaigrette dressing which paired we'll with the tuna. It's been pretty hot lately, so a cold dinner was due. 😊
I remember the first time that I tried cucumbers. I was a pre-teen and Gigi was noshing away on one. I was intrigued. She gave me a slice and I was hooked. Such yummy fresh goodness. The timing of this challenge is perfect. I had a cucumber recipe planned for this week anyway. The weather has been in the triple digits a watery cool cucumber salad was just the thing. I recently subscribed to a new food magazine called Milk Street. It is proving to be worth it. Their podcast is brilliant as well.
I found this recipe for a smashed cucumber salad and it hit the spot. I re-purposed the leftovers into a bowl of cold noodle salad. As Jack Nicholson said in As Good As It Gets," Good times, noodle salad."
Smashed Cucumber Salad
From Milk Street Magazine March-April 2017
Smashing the cucumbers helped release their seeds and created rough surfaces for the dressing to cling to. For a simple variation on this recipe, add ¼ cup creamy peanut butter and 2 tablespoons water with the soy sauce and sesame oil to smooth the dressing. In China, this salad is eaten with chopsticks so the dressing drips off the pieces of cucumber; to avoid an oily salad, use a slotted spoon to dole out portions.
SMASHING OUR WAY TO A BETTER SALAD
Don’t substitute American cucumbers for English. The ratio of seeds to flesh is higher and the skins are too tough.
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Georgia, Nikita and Amy
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