Spiralized Cold Cucumber Noodle Salad is light and refreshing in any season. Watercress, mint and a homemade toasted sesame-ginger dressing bring fresh flavor and crunch to this healthy recipe.
I was walking through the produce section of Whole Foods when cucumbers caught my eye. I actually stopped and stared for a moment to see if maybe they were some other exotic produce. Cucumbers seem to be a perfect summer type of vegetable; cool, refreshing, hydrating and subtle on flavor. It was like running into an unexpected guest at a party that seems totally out of place.
I bought some. I’ve been loving my Spiralizer and am compelled to find more and more things to make with it. I love a bit of whimsy in life and my food, and the Spiralizer delivers. It keeps me interested and from falling into a food boredom, eating expected winter foods repeatedly, waiting until spring and summer unveil their bounty to spice up my menus.
One of my first recipes after getting my Spiralizer was a Cucumber Melon Spa Salad. Cool cucumber noodles winding messily around honeydew and cantaloupe melon balls at their peak of sweetness. Is there anything you could hope for more on a steamy summer afternoon? This time I had visions of an equally simple, clean salad but with an Asian twist in a light dressing.
Making Cold Cucumber Noodle Salad
The large cucumber effortlessly transformed into what looked like a green variation of Rapunzel’s hair, twisting out of the machine endlessly, falling into heaps of ringlet curls. I tossed them with torn and chopped watercress and fresh mint, sprinkled with sliced almonds for crunch and warmth of flavor.
Slices of ginger soak for a bit in a dressing of toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, and freshly squeezed mandarin juice. The dressing is light but adds a toasty flavor to the hydrating, crunchy salad. The salad is healthy and very lean on the calories; definitely something to usher in the healthier habits of the New Year and just as satisfying again in the heat of summer.
More fun Salad Recipes You’ll Love:
- Red Grape Jicama Walnut Salad with Mango-Jalapeno Poppy Seed Dressing
- Chinese Chicken Salad (gluten-free)
- Mexican Cobb Salad
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