Sesame-Garlic Cucumber Noodles

Sesame-Garlic Cucumber Noodles | Cook Like a Cavewoman! | Easy Paleo Recipes for Feel-Good Eating

The dog days of summer are the best time to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden (or the ones from your CSA box)!

In fact, I picked a monster cucumber from my own little backyard garden to make this cucumber noodle salad, which combines a variety of classic Asian flavors – namely sesame, garlic, cilantro, lime, and chili peppers – to create a perfectly cool and crunchy accompaniment for any lean protein!

Sesame-Garlic Cucumber Noodles | Cook Like a Cavewoman! | Easy Paleo Recipes for Feel-Good Eating The extra-light dressing on this “noodle” salad packs an astounding amount of flavor, while the cucumber noodles provide a textural adventure for your mouth.

To make the noodles, just run your cucumber through a spiralizer (a.k.a. the best kitchen gadget on the face of the planet!), or use a julienne peeler. I like using my spiralizer to make my veggie noodles because it’s easier and FUN (and never gets old), but also because I can choose the size of my noodles. For this dish, I chose the larger of the two noodle blades.

Beware: the cucumbers leak a LOT of moisture while being noodle-ized! Be prepared and have a dish towel ready, so that your table or counter doesn’t receive the same soaking that mine did. ;)

Sesame-Garlic Cucumber Noodles | Cook Like a Cavewoman! | Easy Paleo Recipes for Feel-Good Eating

Sesame-Garlic Cucumber Noodles | Cook Like a Cavewoman! | Easy Paleo Recipes for Feel-Good Eating To make the dressing, just whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Then pour it over your cucumber noodles, toss, and eat!

I made this for myself as a really light, standalone lunch salad, which was delicious in my opinion… but I found it was so light, that it would also work really well (possibly better) as a side dish for a piece of grilled chicken, fish, or possibly even sushi!

Enjoy!

Share your thoughts… have you ever had cucumber noodles before?

Sesame-Garlic Cucumber Noodles | Cook Like a Cavewoman! | Easy Paleo Recipes for Feel-Good Eating

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Sesame-Garlic Cucumber Noodles
 
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Serves: 1 medium salad (or 2 small)
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • Juice of ¼ fresh lime (about ½ tbsp)
  • ½ tsp honey
  • ¼ tsp chili pepper hot sauce
  • 2 to 3 cilantro leaves, chopped
  • ⅓ of a large cucumber (or ½ of a small one) – if you don’t like the seeds, get the English variety!
  • Sprinkling of white and/or black sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. To make the dressing, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, lime juice, honey, chili sauce, and chopped cilantro in a small bowl.
  2. Use a spiralizer (or julienne peeler) to make noodles out of the cucumber. Skin on or off is up to you!
  3. Top the noodles with the dressing, and toss to coat.
  4. Garnish with a sprinkling of white and/or black sesame seeds.
  5. Serve immediately!

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2 Responses to Sesame-Garlic Cucumber Noodles

  1. Just made the cucumber salad. Wow! Great website, wonderful ideas and instructions and awesome food! I am not a ‘paleo’ person, but a vegetarian and these veggie recipes are fantastic. The website is so well put together and visually appealing, I will continue to refer to it. Can’t wait to try the comfort food cauliflower. Thanks, Ashley!!! :)

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