Thai Cucumber Salad Recipe - I love the summer time. We have so many fresh veggies that it's like living in Pig heaven. While some of my salads take far less time to make than this, such as the “just chop tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and onions.
With a smidgen of olives and big chunks of cheese and sometimes pasta salad topped with bottled Italian dressing,” this one is worth the extra effort, whether you're gluten intolerant or not.
It's gorgeous when finished and has the taste of summer....in Thailand in this case. It can quench your appetite for Thai food without the need for you to sweat over a hot stove and is even better than my favorite Asian salad.
The key to this wonderful Thai cucumber salad recipe is the spiral carrots and cucumbers that look like spiral pasta. If you don't have one of the machines to spiral the vegetables, I suggest you get one.
I have one that was passed down to me by my mother, but I've even seen them on infomercials and in boxes in the “As Seen On TV” section in K-Mart for less than a $20. You can spiral veggies with a potato peeler, but this makes it super easy.
The salad has two types of dressing, the first you make with virgin olive oil and white vinegar, adding salt, dill, garlic powder, lemon juice and minced garlic to it.
You pour this over chickpeas you either prepared yourself or from a can, chopped cucumber, bell pepper, minced onion, and cilantro, allowing it to marinate to absorb the flavor.
I like to allow at least a half hour, but you can test it. The longer you let it marinate, the stronger the flavor will be in the finished salad. You're ready for the fun part now!
Use your spiraling tool to cut two carrots and a cucumber into the “noodles” for the salad. I guarantee that if you have a man around the house when he sees this machine work on one vegetable, he'll want to do the rest.
It's actually fun and very rewarding to see those little spiral strips come out of the machine. Combine your veggie noodles with the rest of the salad ingredients then top with a blend of honey and rice vinegar.
Toss on chopped cilantro, some nuts, sesame seeds and chia seeds and the salad is ready. Quick and delicious! If you hate chopping veggies and have someone in your home hooked on spiraling veggies, make them a deal.
Tell them they can spiral if they cut the veggies too! You can make the dressing while they do it.