Cucumber Peanut Salad | @naturallyella

As of late, it feels like our evenings only start after the baby finally goes to bed. It’s the time when I pour myself a glass of wine and more frequently, start to think about dinner. Some nights I’ve thought ahead while other nights are a ‘throw something together at 9pm’ kind of night. This salad is for those nights. It’s not heavy, can be ready in 10 minutes, and is flavorful enough that I feel satisfied after eating. I prefer using English Cucumbers in this recipe because of the low amount of seeds and the slightly sweeter flavor but any variety of cucumber will work.

Cucumber Peanut Salad

Preparation 10 mins 2017-09-23T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 5 mins 2017-09-23T00:05:00+00:00 Serves 2 servings     adjust servings Calories 334 kcal
Cucumber Peanut Salad with Spinach | @naturallyella

This peanut salad is a wonderful way to use up fresh summer cucumbers in a slightly non-traditional salad. 

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon peanut oil
  • 1/3 cup raw peanuts
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 pound cucumber (s)
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced sweet red peppers
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach chopped
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons roasted peanut oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the oil followed by the peanuts and toast until warm and starting to toast, 1 to 2 minutes. Be sure to shake the pan often. Add in the minced garlic and cook for a minute more. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Cut the cucumbers into bite-sized circles or half-moons. Add to a bowl along with the peppers, cilantro, parsley, and spinach. Add in the slightly cooled peanuts.
  3. Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing, pour over the salad, and toss until well combined. Serve immediately.

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Recipe Notes

Recipe Notes

Tips and Tricks: If desired, you could turn this into a cucumber-only salad and leave out the spinach.

Stock up: Get the pantry ingredients you will need: cucumbers, peanuts, spinach

Nutrition: See the information.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 334 kcal Calories from fat
% Daily Value

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

Peanut Salad

variations

I usually opt to make a salad like this vegan by not using honey but in this particular instance, the just-there honey undertone is missed in the instances I didn’t use it. However, if you’re wanting to make this vegan, I recommend brown rice syrup to replace the honey.

Greens: Any salad greens would work in this peanut salad. At first I didn’t add greens but I liked the slight bulk they brought to the salad.

Spice: I have a slight addiction to adding sambal oelek to everything right now. Try adding a 1/2 teaspoon or so of the chili paste to the dressing before tossing with the salad.

Nuts: This salad can also be lovely using sesame seeds/sesame oil or even sunflower seeds/sunflower oil. The flavors will be slightly different but the overall dish still works.

Cucumber Peanut Salad with Spinach | @naturallyella