June 11, 2014

Cucumber Linguini Salad & Cranberry Vinaigarette


I recently just bought a spiralizer on Amazon, which, by the way, is so much fun to play around with and makes amazing vegetable pasta. But before I bought the spiralizer, I tried making cucumber pasta using a simple vegetable peeler and it actually worked pretty well! (Be very careful when you use the vegetable peeler because it is sharp and I nearly cut myself several times with it!) So if you don't have a spiralizer on hand and you want to make some vegetable pasta, try this recipe out :)

In hind sight, it's probably much easier to make cucumber linguini after cutting the cucumber core (the super watery part with all the seeds) out, and it will taste much better too. (The spiralizer actually cores the vegetable, so you're left with a thin rod of the vegetable and a pile of vegetable noodles!)















Recipe: Cucumber Linguini Salad & Cranberry Vinaigarette
By: Hannah Claudia
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1 cucumber, cored
1/4 cup of corn kernels
1/4 cup of edamame, cooked
1 small onion, sliced thinly
Handful of craisens
1/2 an avocado, sliced
Salt, pepper, any spices/herbs that you like
Coconut oil, to sautee onions


For the Cranberry Vinaigarette:
1 cup of cranberries, cooked 
(mine are whole and frozen, and i just cook them in some water with a tablespoon of maple syrup)
3-5 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, reduced
(reduced: cooked in a sauce pan until it's thickened and some water has evaporated)

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1. Blend all of the ingredients for the vinaigarette. If it's too tart/sour for your taste, add a tablespoon at a time of maple syrup (don't over do it!)
2. Use your vegetable peeler to thinly peel the cucumber into long thin strips that resemble linguini pasta
3. Sautee the onions in some coconut oil; you can even caramelize them. Set the onions aside in another bowl and save the pan.
4. Add the corn kernels (mine were raw) and deglaze the pan by adding a splash of water to the pan. Cook the corn kernels until all of the water has evaporated and the kernels are soft and cooked through.
5. Toss all of the ingredients together and enjoy!






The thinly sliced onions also act as thin vegetable pasta, and this is the perfect fresh salad that will appeal to even people who don't enjoy salad that much. I actually really like zucchini noodles better than cucumbers, but zuchinni is much thicker and not too many people enjoy the taste of larger, raw strips of zucchini compared to cucumber, but give it try if you think you'd like it better ;)




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