Springtime Cucumber Noodle Salad

Crunchy, fresh, lightly sweet and flavorful. This salad was such a refreshing late afternoon snack after spending the day in the sun gardening.

If you do not own a spiralizer, I urge you to get one! They are so easy to use and turn your everyday vegetables into fun culinary experiences. Chopping up cucumbers to make this salad, would absolutely work, but I have to say that eating it with chopsticks because of the noodle like consistency, added to my enjoyment and therefor my appreciation for what I was eating.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 2TBS fresh orange juice
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 TBS fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 handful snap peas
  • salt
  • 1 tsp orange zest(optional)
  • basil leaves for garnish

Steps:

  • either spiralize your cucumber or shred it using a vegetable peeler
  • put it in a plate and toss it with all other ingredients
  • enjoy and feel refreshingly nourished!
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Orange Sesame Creamy Dressing

The creaminess comes from tahini. So not only is this dressing delicious, but it is also nutritious as sesame seeds are an important source of omega 6 fatty acids, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc which all play an important role in bone mineralization and red blood cell production, to name a few.

High in “good” fat and protein, sesame seeds are a great addition to any diet, especially a vegetarian one 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup raw tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • zet of 1/2 an orange
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 TBS sesame oil
  • 1 TBS red wine vinegar

Steps:

  • Put everything in blender and blend until well combined
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge. It will thicken a bit in the fridge, which I think is a good thing.

I used this dressing on a roasted vegetables and raw kale salad, and it tasted perfect 🙂

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