Cucumber Peanut Salad

  • Date May 10, 2013
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Spiralized Cucumbers with Basil, Peanuts, Bean Sprouts, Pea Shoots all tossed in a delicious peanut sauce 

I love cucumbers. Someone asked me to do a posting of what I regularly purchase as part of my weekly grocery shopping trip. I am working on the list, but can assure you that cucumbers are part of that list. Not just one, usually two or three (and we are only a two person household). With the purchase of my vegetable spiralizer, I know have the option to make more visually appealing salads and therefore decided cucumbers were a good one to tackle.

This recipe made two very large portion sizes with total calories of 250, or 125 per serving. At work today, I randomly reached for a handful of trail mix and two chocolates and for the equivalent amount of calories, I am really wishing that I could have randomly reached for this salad.

As this was the first time time making this recipe, here are some of the changes I would make next time. One is to add hot sauce to the sauce and to make the sauce less runny (i.e, use less lime). Because the cucumbers are so wet already, the sauce became quite runny and ended up in the bottom of the bowl. And the bad news, even attempting to make this a husband friendly salad, my husband did not like the salad. He couldn't narrow down his hatred, just said it had a funny taste. I argued it was the ranch dressing he put on it before he even had given it a chance, but this is not off my list of future menu planning ideas. Perhaps it was the mixture of fish sauce with the beer he was drinking?

1 large or 2 medium cucumbers
Basil, 1/4 cup
Pea shoots, to garnish
Bean sprouts, 2 cups
Peanuts, crushed, 10 peanuts

1 lime wedge
Fish Sauce, 1 tbsp
PB2, 1 tbsp
Rice Vinegar, 1 tbsp


Spiralize your cucumber. Or cut into whatever shape you desire if you don't have a spiralizer.

To make the sauce, combine all of the ingredients into a bowl and set aside.

Chop the basil and crush the peanuts. Set out nicely on a plate and take a picture? Why not enjoy the process of cooking?

Toss the cucumbers with the sauce and separate into the desired number of servings.

Made two portions, a little concerned at this point about how this was going to be enough for the husband friendly version. 

Add on the basil, pea shoots, bean sprouts and crushed peanuts.

Serve and enjoy. Or watch your husband put on ranch dressing and pretend that its not a huge insult.

I added hot sauce (Franks this time)

For 450 calories, this was a very satisfying meal. What I added to the salad was acorn squash with cinnamon sprinkled on top and oven baked chicken breast with a Teriyaki glaze.
And don't forget the husband friendly version, goat cheese in the acorn squash and sour cream for the chicken. 

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