There is nothing more refreshing than a cold cucumber salad in the summer. Whether you’re just throwing together cucumbers, tomatoes, salt pepper, a little vinegar and oil or making something really special, it freshens up any meal. Bonus: cucumbers are rich in Vitamin K.
So I went in search of some new cucumber-based salads to bring something new to the table.
I needed, of course, to look no further than my mom’s Pinterest board titled Healthy Food Even Wayne Likes, a place where she documents the healthy meals she and my dad make. The cutest? The cutest. A few of her (and now my) favorite cucumber salad recipes come from across the globe.
A little Greek: Chopped Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint, Feta, lemon and Thyme from Kalyn’s Kitchen.
A little Italian: Summer tomato salad Recipe from David Lebovitz.
And a little Thai: Cucumber Noodles with Peanut Sauce from Two Peas and Their pod.
I was obsessed with the Cucumber Noodles the moment I set eyes on the pin. Click over to Two Peas & Their Pod for the recipe. Below is the final masterpiece, which is well worth a couple of minutes shaving cucumbers into delicious noodles on a mandolin.
Step 1: make noodles out cucumbers on a mandolin. I was given a version of this Mandolin from OXO in college and I’m still using it eight years later. Quality.
Then you whip together the dressing, which I would actually drink. It gives this dish the richness to counter the noodle’s lightness. Peanut butter, lime, agave, tamari (soy sauce) ginger, garlic and other goodness.
After tossing the noodles in the sauce, top with peanuts and cilantro and enjoy.