Monday, July 28, 2014

Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing (Low-Carb, Can Be Paleo)

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It took a few tries to perfect this Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing!

I'm back home for a few days, and what an amazing weekend I had in California where I ate at a couple of my favorite restaurants, hung out with some of my favorite bloggers, and attended BlogHer14.  At the conference I had a chance to re-connect with so many friends I've made from blogging and also hear from some incredibly inspiring women as well.  As I shared on Twitter, the biggest take-away for me from the BlogHer14 conference was that 10 years of women sharing our lives online has empowered all of us.  (If you want to see more about why I'm such a BlogHer fan, watch this video.) 

As I mentioned in my last post, this week I'm leaving on a cruise to Alaska (!), but I wanted to leave a few new recipes for people to try while I'm gone.  I worked on this Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing for weeks to get the dressing just right, and I'm sharing it as my Meatless Monday pick for this week even though you'll have to use Vegan fish sauce if you want it to be completely vegetarian.  This recipe could be adapted to use ingredients you have on hand, and we made it a few different ways, but in this final version we loved the colors from the Sweet Mini-Peppers and radishes.  Peanuts are also definitely optional, (and the salad is Paleo without them) but they added a nice crunch.

Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing found on KalynsKitchen.com
I took this photo of the ingredients, and then we ended up using two cucumbers!  My bad.

Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing found on KalynsKitchen.com
If you want the cucumbers to make individual spiralized slices, cut a slit lengthwise down each cucumber.

Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing found on KalynsKitchen.com
Of course this is another recipe using the Spiralizer, but a Mandoline Slicer would also make these ribbons of zucchini just fine.  (You could also make the salad with zucchini noodles, using one of the Three Ways to Make Noodles from Zucchini and Other Vegetables that I shared a few weeks ago.

Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing found on KalynsKitchen.com
No matter what shape of noodles or slices you make, you'll need to blot the cucumbers well with paper towels to absorb excess liquid or the salad will be watery.

Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing found on KalynsKitchen.com
We cut the Sweet Mini-Peppers and radishes into slices for this version, but in our experiments we made some salads where they were cut into strips as well.

Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing found on KalynsKitchen.com
We also added thinly sliced green onions, and chopped up some peanuts to sprinkle on the top.

Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing found on KalynsKitchen.com
I've been a fan of Three Crabs Fish Sauce for a long time, but this Red Boat Fish Sauce is stealing my heart, and it's also Paleo and Whole 30 approved.  So is this type of Chili Garlic Sauce for those who care about such things.

Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing found on KalynsKitchen.com
Whisk together the sweetener of your choice), fresh lime juice, fish sauce (or Vegan fish sauce), Chili Garlic Sauce, and salt to make the dressing.

Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing found on KalynsKitchen.com
Toss the salad ingredients together with the dressing, put in a bowl, add peanuts if desired, and enjoy!  This is best when the dressing is tossed with the ingredients right before it's eaten.


Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing found on KalynsKitchen.com
Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing
(Makes 4 servings; recipe created by Kalyn with lots of help recipe testing from Jake and Kara.)

Equipment:
I used the Spiralizer to make these zucchini ribbons.  You could also use a Mandoline Slicer or make the salad with zucchini noodles, using one of the Three Ways to Make Noodles from Zucchini and Other Vegetables I shared.

Ingredients:
2 large European cucumbers or 4 small cucumbers
1 bunch radishes (about 10 radishes)
6 mini-peppers, assorted colors (or one large red bell pepper will work)
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/3 cup coarsely chopped peanuts (optional)

Dressing Ingredients:
1 T Agave Nectar, Stevia In the Raw Granulated Sweetener, Sugar, or other sweetener of your choice (Use an approved sweetener for South Beach Diet)
2 T fresh-squeezed lime juice (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice)
2 tsp. Fish Sauce (or use Vegan fish sauce if you prefer)
2 tsp. Chili Garlic Sauce
1/2 tsp. salt or Vege-Sal, more or less to taste 

Instructions:
Cut ends off the cucumbers, and peel off some strips if the peel seems thick.  (I didn't peel any off from the European cucumbers we used.)  To get individual ribbon, cut a slit lengthwise, going about half-way through the cucumber.  Then use a Spiralizer, Mandoline Slicer or other method to slice the cucumber into round ribbons.  Put cucumbers between a double layer of paper towels and press down to press out the liquid and get it absorbed into the towel.  (You might need to do that twice if the cucumbers are pretty wet.)

Cut off ends of the mini-peppers and scoop out the seeds; then slice into thin slices.  Slice the radishes, thinly slice the green onions, and coarsely chop the peanuts (if using).

Whisk together the Agave Nectar (or sweetener of your choice), fresh lime juice, fish sauce (or Vegan fish sauce), Chili Garlic Sauce, and a little salt to make the dressing.   Put cucumbers, peppers, radishes, and green onions into a medium-sized bowl, add the dressing, toss all ingredients together, and serve the salad, sprinkled with peanuts if desired.

This salad is best when it's tossed with the dressing right before serving.  Enjoy! 

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South Beach Suggestions:
This salad is loaded with low-glycemic ingredients, and when made with Agave Nectar, Stevia, or other approved sweetener,  plus fish sauce and chili garlic sauce that doesn't have sugar, I would eat it for any phase of the South Beach Diet.  (Agave Nectar is normally restricted for phase two or three, but the amount per serving is so small I wouldn't worry about it here.  Even if you used sugar, this is still a pretty low-carb salad.)  

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Great Salads with Cucumbers:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
25 Favorite Healthy Cucumber Salads to Keep You Cool ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Sesame Cucumber Salad ~ Love and Lemons
Cucumber, Avocado, and Garbanzo Salad with Feta, Lemon, and Mint ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Cucumber Salad with Grapes and Poppy Seed Dressing ~ Oh Sweet Basil
Al's Famous Hungarian Cucumber Salad ~ Kalyn's Kitchen  
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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9 comments:

  1. Irresistible colors, and I love anything with chili sauce and fish sauce in the dressing!

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  2. Thanks Lydia! It took a few tries to get it right but this final version was really good.

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  3. Healthy and delicious! I love it!

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  4. So glad to hear you had fun at BlogHer!! This salad looks so refreshing with all of its crunchy fresh veggies...plus you know I'm never one to say no to peanut sauce!

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  5. Thanks Ana, glad you like it.

    Joanne, this may have been the most uplifting blog conference I've been too. (And just so no one is confused, this has peanuts, but not peanut sauce.)

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  6. Kalyn, I'm sorry we never got to meet at the conference this past weekend! Glad to hear that you have a great time -- I did too. :) And this salad sounds just perfect for the hot days of summer! So crispy and delightful.

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  7. Eileen, how I wish we had run across each other!

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  8. When I was preparing this, I tried radishes for the first time and didn't like them. But with the cucumbers, they are a perfect balance - and the sauce is great! Thanks for the unique new salad. I've just made it for the second time in a week :)

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