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This is a recipe for a cucumber salad with cashews and fresh mint. You can also add leftover cooked chicken to this salad - it’s delicious!
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- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- pinch dried chilli flakes
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- salt to taste
- 75g cashews
- 500g cucumbers, peeled, sliced lengthwise, seeds removed and diced
- 1 bunch fresh mint
MethodPrep:5min ›Cook:5min ›Ready in:10min
- To make the dressing; mix honey with peanut butter, a pinch of dried chilli flakes, apple vinegar, soy sauce and a little salt.
- Place cashews in a frying pan and cook over medium-high heat until golden brown and slightly toasted. You can finely chop them, or you can leave them whole since they are a soft nut.
- Combine cashews with the sliced cucumbers, top with dressing and freshly chopped mint.
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Thai Coconut Cucumber Salad
Chilled crunchy summer veggies are tossed with herbs and a spicy, tangy curry coconut dressing. Serve it for a vegan weeknight dinner as a main or side.
I could eat coconut all day in the summertime. Cold, crunchy, spicy salads like this one with a side of coconut iced tea, followed by coconut ice cream for dessert. I ask you, who needs so much dairy when the coconut exists? (Ok, don’t answer that, I know you cheese-lovers are a passionate bunch).
I’m calling this one a “Thai-inspired” dish. Jack and I are talking about taking a trip to Thailand next spring (!)… so until then, I bring you “Thai-ish.”
Coconut milk, lime, and red curry are flavors that I am crazy about… and here they create a delicious and creamy contrast to the crunchy chopped veggies and cashews. Add some cold rice noodles to make this a more filling “meal” salad… or omit the tofu to make it a lighter side dish.
40 Delicious Ways to Eat Cucumbers
Cucumber is a versatile little vegetable that I love adding to salads, smoothies, juices, and more. Did you know it’s amazing when paired with fruit? With nuts? With other veggies? With meats? Cucumber is delicious just about any way you combine it, so try a bunch of these paleo-friendly cucumber recipes. They’re all free of dairy, grains, and sugar. Make note of the type of cucumber each recipe calls for—English cucumbers are a favorite because they’re crisp, smooth, and seedless, and they have a cool, refreshing flavor.
1. Wasabi Cucumber Avocado Dressing With Cucumber Salad
This double-cucumber dish starts with a mix of salad greens, English cucumber, shredded carrot, and toasted sesame seeds. Top it off with a delicious wasabi dressing made with cucumber, avocado, rice vinegar, green onion, garlic, and lime juice.
2. Papaya, Jicama, and Cucumber Salad
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3. Ultimate Grilled Chicken Greek Salad
This grilled chicken salad is full of Greek-style ingredients like grilled eggplant, English cucumber, red peppers, red onion, black olives, sundried tomatoes and herbs. Top it off with lemon-mint, and turmeric dressing. You can leave out the feta cheese if you want.
4. Spicy Tuna and Cucumber Bites
Cucumber rounds, sliced to between a quarter and a half inch, make delicious cracker substitutes for enjoying dips, spreads, toppings, and more. This recipe uses a spicy tuna topping with green onions, avocado, coconut aminos, sriracha sauce, and sesame seeds.
5. Low Carb Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad
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6. Curry Green Salad
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7. Cucumber and Sesame Noodle Salad
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8. BBQ Shrimp With Thai Cucumber Noodles
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I love a good chunky salad with soft ingredients like avocado and tomatoes, and this tasty version, full of red onion and cucumber, is the perfect example. The veggies are dressed with olive oil, parsley, garlic, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Totally delicious.
10. Israeli Cucumber Noodle Salad With Tuna
With a middle eastern flavor, this simple salad features veggies and proteins together, making it a full nourishing meal that’s great for lunches or dinners. You’ll need a seedless cucumber, tomatoes, canned tuna, diced red onion, ground cumin, olive oil, and lemon juice.
11. Scallops Over Mango-Cauliflower Salad
Now we’re getting fancy! Try these lovely seared scallops with a salad made with cauliflower, mango, cucumber, grated ginger, fresh lime juice, cilantro, and olive oil. The tropical flavor combination and perfectly golden brown scallops are to die for.
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13. Back to Basics Green Smoothie
With baby spinach, kale, mango, coconut water, basil, and cucumber, this smoothie has a sweet and savory tropical flavor you’ll crave, and it doesn’t rally taste “green” at all, thanks to the sweet fruits and delicious basil. Basil is such a great herb to have with fruits!
Photo: Pralines and Greens
14. Cucumber and Celery Green Juice
Celery is another one of those green foods that has a deliciously refreshing flavor, so I love it paired with cucumber in green juices and smoothies. This juice also gets its sweetness from apple and lemon, and it contains healthy, vitamin-rich kale. The perfect way to start your morning.
15. Healthy Avocado Tuna Salad
This tuna salad is light and healthy—a far cry from the mayonnaise-heavy stuff you remember having packed in your lunch as a kid. You’ll need canned tuna, avocado, diced cucumber, fresh cilantro, green onion, garlic salt, and lime juice. Serve with romaine lettuce cups.
16. California Shrimp Rolls
These rice-free sushi rolls are totally addictive and extra healthy. You can make them really simple with nori sheets, avocados, spiralized cucumber, shrimp, coconut oil, coconut aminos (not soy sauce), and wasabi. The last two are for serving, so serve however you like.
17. Simple Cucumber Salad
Simple salads like this one are my absolute favorite because I can throw them together at the last minute without making a big mess or getting out a bunch of ingredients. This one is made with pickling cucumbers, red onion, avocado, salt, and pepper.
18. Asian-Style Cucumber Salad
For this recipe, replace the sugar with coconut sugar and canola oil with avocado oil and you’re golden. This Asian-style salad is full of flavors like sesame, lime, rice vinegar, ginger, and garlic. Use hothouse cucumbers for the best flavor and texture.
19. Thai Cucumber Salad
This simple and spicy Thai-style salad is made with lime juice, fish sauce, jalapeno, cucumbers, cilantro, and shallots. You’ll want to replace the sugar with coconut sugar and the peanuts with almonds or cashews. Then enjoy, because this one is hot and spicy!
20. Beet Gazpacho
This beet gazpacho is paleo, vegan, and the perfect way to get lots of veggies into your body on a hot day when you can’t bear turning the oven on. You’ll need beets, cucumbers, garlic, red or sweetn onion, fresh pepper, sherry vinegar, and garnishes of your choice.
21. Chilled Cucumber and Watercress Soup
Made with cucumber, watergress, garlic, lemon juice, and fresh herbs like dill and mint, this yummy soup is simple and fresh. In place of the dairy yogurt, you could try coconut yogurt, or you can do what the blogger suggests and add a pureed avocado, which sounds delicious.
22. Cucumber Dill Veggie Wraps With Coconut Wrappers
There’s something about wrapping veggies that makes them so much tastier to eat than they are in a plain salad. I don’t know what it is, but you can take advantage of it with this spring rolls recipe using dill, coconut aminos, macadamia nuts, pea shoots, cucumber, and more.
23. Spiralized Cucumber Salad With Chia Strawberry Vinaigrette
I am totally in love with this salad. The base is made from cucumbes, spinach, fresh strawberries, red onion, fresh mint, and cilantro, and it has a silky strawberry chia vinaigrette with extra virgin olive oil, honey, lime juice, pepper, and apple cider vinegar.
24. Tomato Cucumber Salad
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27. Thai Cucumber Salad With Cashews
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28. Sweet Potato “Toast” With Avocado, Cucumber, and More
This sweet potato-based recipe is a great alternative to avocado toast, and it’s made extra fancy and delicious with the addition of sliced cucumbers, smoked salmon, avocado oil, and dill. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy for breakfast, lunch, or a snack.
29. Cucumber and Gun Summer Cocktail
This summer cocktail is delicious and refreshing with a uniquely –flavored vermouth, fresh lime juice, and sliced cucumber. This blogger makes her simple syrup with cane sugar and recommends it as a cheat, but says honey will work, too.
Photo: Whole Food Real Families
30. Cucumber Shallot Salad
This salad has a bright flavor with onion-like shallots, cucumbers, olive oil, white wine vinegar, kosher salt, black pepper, and fresh parsley. It’s the kind of salad you can easily throw together for lunch, a snack, or a summer dinner appetizer.
31. Chorizo Burger With Cucumber Slaw
Serving fantastic homemade slaws with your burgers is a great way to distract yourself from the fact you aren’t getting to have a bun. This slaw is made with cucumbers, onion, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper, so it’s super simple.
32. Keto Paleo Taztziki
Taztaziki is a Greek condiment traditionally made with yogurt and cucumbers , but this paleo version uses coconut cream and comes super close to the traditional flavor and texture. You’ll also need fresh garlic, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt.
33. Cucumber Noodle Bowls With Sesame Shrimp
This is a recipe that looks and sounds like it takes a long time to make and has dozens of ingredients, but it’s actually incredibly simple and you can be eating in fifteen minutes (excluding marinating time). Just replace the tamari sauce with coconut aminos to keep it paleo.
34. Paleo Eggs Benedict With Cucumber Salsa
Yes, you can have eggs benedict on a paleo diet! Follow this recipe including paleo bread and a rich Hollandaise sauce with butter and lemon. The fun twist is the avocado and the cucumber salsa, made with lime juice, tomatoes, cilantro, and jalapeno.
35. Cucumber Noodle Salad With Wasabi Cashews
I love the colors in this salad: rich greens, purples, and whites. For the salad, you’ll need English cucumber, shredded red cabbage, fresh mint, garlic, ginger root, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, honey, lime, and crushed red pepper. Top with your homemade wasabi cashews.
36. Egg and Avocado Cucumber Rolls
If you slice them thin with a wide vegetable peeler, cucumber slices are both flexible and sturdy, and make a great base for fun rolls with delicious fillings. Try this one with eggs, ripe avocado, a handful of chives, salt, and pepper. You could even add other seasonings or herbs!
37. Whole30 Tuna Cucumber Cups
Cucumber holds up well to shaping, so you can use it as an edible “holder” or cup for yummy fillings like this tuna filling. It’s also Whole30 compliant (yay!) and made with canned tuna, bell pepper, celery, Whole30 compliant mayo, mustard, and sweet paprika.
38. Cucumber Guacamole
This is a traditional guacamole recipe with avocados, red onion, tomato, lime, salt, and cucumber. Uh, cucumber? What’s that doing in there? The cucumber in this recipe isn’t exactly traditional, but it adds a deliciously refreshing flavor to the guacamole. You won’t want to make it any other way!
39. Cucumber, Melon, and Avocado Salad
This triple-green salad is made with honeydew melon, cucumber, ripe avocado, mint leaves, and lemon. You’ll also want to add a few cracks of black pepper. This simple salad is another one you’ll want to tuck in your back pocket for when you need quick and easy side dishes.
40. Mango Salsa
Remember when I said I love cucumber with fruit? That’s why mango cucumber salsa is one of my favorite snacks and side dishes. This one is made with minced cilantro, scallions, lime juice, sea salt, and chipotle powder for a bit of heat. You can feel free to adjust the chipotle to your desired level of spice.
Thai Cucumber Salad
2 medium English cucumbers, sliced
3/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (or mint)
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp. fish sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
2 small or 1 large clove garlic, minced
pinch crushed red pepper flakes, to taste (or minced jalapeno)
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2-3 tbsp. crushed peanuts (or cashews)
1. Whisk vinegar, fish sauce, sugar, and garlic together in a medium bowl. Place cucumbers, onion, and cilantro (or mint) in large bowl. Add dressing and toss to coat. Season salad to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with peanuts and serve.
Juicy Waterfall Beef Salad
This beef salad recipe offers a feast of flavors and textures with every bite. It's based on the famous Thai "Waterfall Beef," which takes its name from the splashing sound of marinated pieces of beef juices falling onto a hot grill. The beef is lightly grilled or oven-broiled, thinly sliced, and then served with a mixture of greens and fresh papaya. The dressing of fish sauce, soy sauce, lemon juice, cayenne, and sugar gives the perfect tang to this hearty preparation.
Serve as the main course for an exquisite dinner that's naturally high in protein and low in carbs. Ready in 32 minutes.
SHOULD I PEEL AND SEED THE CUCUMBERS?
My answer to this question is dependent on what type of cucumber you choose for the gazpacho.
The recipe calls for English cucumbers which by nature, have a very thin edible peel and small seeds.
If using English cucumbers as directed, peeling or seeding the cucumber is not necessary.
If you only have regular cucumbers on hand (which is fine!), I do suggest peeling and seeding first.
I&rsquove found many people (aka my dad) say they dislike cucumbers only to realize it&rsquos the more bitter peel they dislike and not the actual cucumber itself.
Thai Bean Sprout Salad
Every few weeks, I go to lunch with my friends Jan and David. We haven’t been for a while because Jan and David have been swanning around France for two months, including spending a few days with Jamie Schler from Life’s a Feast fame who now also owns a hotel in Chinon, France.
All that changed last week when we met up at Fish on Parkyn in Mooloolaba. The restaurant is just across the street from the beach where I took this photo, in the tourist spot of Mooloolaba, about 5 or 10 minutes from where we live.
Do you have special dishes at restaurants that you can’t resist ordering every time?
I’d been to Fish on Parkyn quite a while ago and I remembered a Thai Bean Sprout salad filled with bean sprouts, mint, coriander (cilantro), red chili, red onion, cucumber, cashews and Asian fried onions. The dressing is sweet and sour with a bit of heat from fresh ginger. I could live on this salad, I promise.
You know I have a problem with seafood so I had this pork belly with a fresh salad of roasted potatoes, feta and greens. The others had these oysters with chopped lychees and chili. They thought they could have been improved with a bit more red chili.
Then they had more oysters – Kilpatrick this time. Nothing left!
There were also fish and chips on the table because who doesn’t need too much food? The chips were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside and the fish was fresh off the boat.
Jan and David had the BBQ Seafood Platter. It was filled with half a Moreton bay bug (crab looking lobster type animal), Mooloolaba prawns, fresh salmon, Hervey Bay scallops and chips.
Way more than I could eat but I couldn’t resist this eye fillet steak with roasted kipfler potatoes, carrots and braised field mushrooms. The port wine sauce was so good I wanted to eat it with a spoon but I was out with friends and minded my manners.
We are not like Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella who has a separate dessert stomach. None of us had one on the day.
If you’d like to try a Thai Bean Sprout Salad, this one is very good but the dressing is not exactly the same as the one above but I’m still working on it. Every time I go I ask for the ingredients and get told something new. One day I’ll have them all.
Mango slaw with cashews and mint
The inspiration for this slaw is a mango salad I order way too often from a local Thai place in hopes to offset the inevitable damage from the pad Thai I order with it. It has strips of mango, slivers of red pepper, red onion and mint, large toasted cashews and a spicy dressing with a lot of lime in it. It’s always a surprise sometimes the mango is underripe and sour (which I understand to be more traditional) and sometimes it’s sweet and almost overripe. The best part is that the salad tastes good no matter how the mango arrived that day.
Of course, being me, I had to slaw it. Because that’s what I do, you know? Broccoli! Green onion! Better than old-school and dead simple! Tartar sauce slaw, pickled slaw and three more where that came from. I mean, salads are great but crunchy slaws that you pile on a burger or alongside anything grilled are the best heat wave antidote and this is my favorite one in a long time. It manages to be both sweet (my mangoes were very ripe) and sour, packing a little heat in the background and it was an incredibly refreshing change from the creamy dressing hegemony.
Especially when it 100 degrees outside. Oh man, I got all the way to paragraph three before bringing up that thing I don’t like to discuss: the weather. Other things I don’t like to do: complain about the weather. Have conversations that are only about how awful the air outside is. But there’s been, like, this heat wave thing and it has been brutal. It’s totally frizzing the baby’s hair, too he does not appreciate it one bit. Anyway, a crunch/cold/sweet/tangy/spicy slaw is made for times like this, when you’re trying to cool off with something other than ice cream. What? I know, I’m talking crazy. It must be the heat getting to me.
Mango Slaw with Cashews and Mint
2 mangoes, peeled, pitted and julienned
1 to 1 1/4 pounds Napa cabbage, halved and sliced very thinly
1 red pepper, julienned
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
6 tablespoons of fresh lime juice, from about two limes
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons oil of your choice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste (or omit this and whisk in a chile paste to taste)
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup toasted cashews, coarsely chopped
Toss mangoes, cabbage, pepper and onion in a large bowl. Whisk lime juice, vinegar, oil, salt and red pepper in a smaller bowl and pour over slaw. You can either serve this immediately or leave the flavors to muddle for an hour in the fridge. Before serving, toss with mint leaves and sprinkle with cashews.
About your mango: This salad will work with almost any variety or ripeness of mango, whether sour or sweet. Use the one you can get, or that you enjoy the most. In general, a firmish not overly ripe mango (unlike the very ripe, sweet one I used) holds up best but all will be delicious in this salad.
- Measure the dressing ingredients and blend on high speed for 2 minutes. Set aside.
- Wash and spiralize the cucumber and pat dry with paper towel. Add enough dressing to coat the noodles.
- Adjust seasoning.
- Sprinkle garnish on top and enjoy!
About Trevor Ross
As graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute, London born Chef Trevor Ross opened Calgary's Starbelly Restaurant in 2015. Eager to continue creating, he founded The Grass Roots of Food adapting global cuisines into a nutritious, yet delicious in-home personal chef services for an affluent social class. He specializes in catering, interactive cooking demonstrations as well as consulting. As a strong advocate of scratch cooking, Trevor adds a healthy twist to classic cravings. Whether serving celebrities, business moguls, elite athletes or his family, Trevor's creative approach focuses on real, wholesome ingredients that encourage the entire body to thrive. In 2013, Trevor Ross Launched his website, https://cheftrevorross.com/ in order to extend the reach of his culinary efforts.
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Health Benefits of Edamame
- Edamame is high in protein making it an excellent option for vegetarians and vegans. One cup of edamame contains 18.5 grams of protein.
- It’s full of fiber, 8 grams per cup to be exact. Eating foods rich in fiber have been found to help lower your risk of heart disease.
- One cup of edamame contains over half of the recommended daily intake of manganese for adults. Manganese is responsible for building strong bones.
- Edamame is full of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that help strengthen the immune system.
As you can see, there’s more to edamame that meets the eye, not to mention it tastes delicious and has great texture. Along with the edamame there’s also a red bell pepper, cucumber, green onions, cilantro and sesame seeds in the salad.
The salad is dressed in a slightly sweet sesame vinaigrette. I used the same ingredients for this vinaigrette as I did in the vinaigrette for this Asian Sesame Chicken and Cashew Salad. I highly recommend trying this salad if you haven’t already.