Sesame Marinated Cucumber Noodles
How’s everyone feeling this morning? Candy hangover happening?
Every year I’m like, “I can totally live without candy. I don’t even like candy that much.” And then I pop a few Reese’s which is my gateway to Snickers, Twix, and York. When I break out some Skittles I know I’ve gone off the deep end.
Yes, I eat candy sometimes. I’m afraid I unintentionally disillusion people because I run a mostly paleo blog. No, we’re not 100% paleo all the time. I do eat candy (and other things) occasionally. More on Oct 31st. *cough*
And the next morning I’m craving a salad. Or something like these cucumber noodles. We eat Marinated Cucumbers a lot. It’s one of my go-to side dishes if I’m needing more vegetables because the kids love them.
One day earlier this year when I was in the throes of recipe development for my book, I tinkered with the flavoring and made cucumber noodles instead of slicing them. LOVE!
They’re a perfect side dish for an Asian-type dish like Five-Spice Roast Chicken, Five-Spice Steak with Ginger Butter (I guess I have a thing for five-spice. :)), Ginger-Garlic Salmon and they’re f-a-a-a-abulous on Sushi Bowls. We’ve started having sushi bowl Sunday every week, and I’m always happy when I can pull out some leftover cukes.
Recipe is below!
- 1 English cucumber, spiralized
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon honey or coconut sugar
- 1-3 teaspoons Asian chili paste or sriracha
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds (I used half toasted, half black)
- Place the spiralized cucumber in a serving bowl.
- In a glass measuring cup combine the rice vinegar, sesame oil, salt, honey, desired amount of chili paste, and 1/4 cup of water. Mix it well, until the honey is incorporated into the dressing.
- Pour the dressing over the cucumbers. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top and toss to coat.
- It's best to let it sit for 10-15 minutes before you eat it, but eating it right away is fine, too.
Nat's Note: If you're doing Whole30, omit the sweetener and check the ingredient list on your chili paste. If you're low-carb/keto, then omit the sweetener or change it to something low-carb, like Swerve.