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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Spicy, Sweet and Sour Cucumber Noodle Salad


There's going to be a lot of meat smoking at my house this summer, which makes me extremely happy...fat and happy.  So naturally I am going to need a side dish to complement your more heavy meals like pulled pork sandwiches.  I can't think of a better balancing act than these crisp, cold, refreshing cucumber noodles.  The vinegar goes extremely well with barbecue and all the ingredients make this extremely healthy and light.  Again, a fantastic side to the plate of meat I will consume, which is just the opposite.  Now there seemed to be A LOT of liquid, so I am thinking of cutting the liquids in half next time.  I am writing the recipe below with that adjustment made.  If you make it and there is not enough liquid, just add some additional water and vinegar.

(Soon to come to the blog...the vinegar cole-slaw I made for the sandwiches tonight...it was perfect.  It made the sandwich go from delicious to dream-worthy.)

Spicy, Sweet, and Sour Cucumber Noodle Salad
adapted slightly from Just a Taste

4 medium cucumbers, peeled and run through a spiralizer
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 cup red onion, chopped small
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Combine the vinegar, water and sugar and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.  In a large bowl, combine the cucumber strands, vinegar/sugar mixture, red onion, and red pepper.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.  When ready to serve, top with the sesame seeds. www.hypersmash.com/dreamhost/

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