Tangy Thai Cucumber Noodle Salad

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Spicy, tangy, and wonderfully refreshing, this Thai salad is the perfect light lunch or dinner during summer. Normally, you slice cucumbers as you please for salads, but this recipe gives them a fun twist (literally) by transforming them into noodles. That’s right, folks, you have to bust out the spiralizer to create cucumber noodles.

Turning the cucumber into noodles almost makes it seem like you are eating a green papaya slaw, which is spicier than this recipe. If you don’t have a vegetable spiralizer, you can use a julienne peeler to make the cucumber noodles. Not only is this an easy and convenient way to create vegetable noodles, but it also works great on cucumbers. Because they are somewhat soft, you have to be gentle when creative cucumber noodles. If you have a spiralizer, though, feel free to get it out use it to make the cucumber noodles. Should they be called coodles, like zucchini noodles are called zoodles? Maybe that’s an unpopular opinion!

This recipe does call for a tablespoon of finely minced jalapeño, but you can increase or decrease that amount depending on your spice tolerance. You also have the option to spiralize a carrot if you want, but this salad doesn’t require it. It is, however, essential to include the tomato. The sweetness and subtle acidity from the tomato not only adds to the refreshing nature of the salad, but also creates relief from the powerful citrusy and spicy flavors in the salad.

Tangy Thai Cucumber Noodle Salad
  • Prep Time:15m
  • Total Time:15m

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 2 cucumbers, spiralized
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, cubed
  • 1/4 c cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. jalapeño, finely minced
  • 1/2 c red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. raw cashews, chopped (optional topping)

For the Dressing

  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. raw agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Instructions

For the Salad

  1. Once you spiralize the cucumbers, lay them on a baking sheet and use paper towels to pat them dry.
  2. Add the cucumber noodles and remaining salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss gently to combine.

For the Dressing

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Alternatively, you can add the ingredients to a glass jar, screw on the lid, and shake to combine.
  2. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat all of the ingredients. Top with optional chopped raw cashews if you desire.
2022-08-26T15:30:22-07:00