Now that we’re in the middle of May it’s that time. To say ta-ta to the carbs. I know, I loved them all winter long too, but I’m in the mood for fresh lighter fare these days. This cucumber noodle salad, our third installment of your get ready for summer recipes, is totally satisfying. And did you know sesame seeds have more calcium per serving than dairy? Yeah, neither did I! Thank goodness we have my girl Sarah her to school us all. 

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Cucumbers are the ultimate summer food! I have incorporated them into this light and tasty “noodle” salad to cool your body down after hours spent by the pool or better yet at the beach! Cucumbers are one of the most hydrating vegetables on Earth, keeping your organs and skin cells happily nourished. Eating or drinking cucumbers helps to flush unwanted toxins from your delicate system and aids in natural weight-loss. Winner!!! You also get a hefty boost of valuable vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber to keep you insides clean and regular.

Hot tip: turn your home into a relaxing day spa by adding some cooling cucumber slices to your eyes to eliminate any puffiness and throw some in your water glass for a delightful flavor kick.

But wait, there are other super foods added to this simple salad to give you a health and beauty boost this season. Carrots are loaded with beta carotene, a form of Vitamin A, which boosts the immune system and gives your skin a natural glow. Sesame seeds are one of the richest sources of calcium on the planet, so ditch the dairy this summer which can trigger acne, seasonal allergies, inflammation and GI distress  in some people. So go ahead and go for these small yet mighty power seeds instead.

Last but not least, cilantro is one of the most detoxifying herbs you can use regularly as a garnish for any savory dish to reap the endless benefits of its cleansing and purifying properties. So there you have it, so many great reasons to love this Asian inspired summer salad.

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SESAME CUCUMBER NOODLE SALAD

recipe inspired by Willow Arlen from Will Cook For Friends

Time to make: 20 minutes
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS (all organic where possible)

SALAD
2 large English cucumbers (straight from the crisp air of the refrigerator)
2 large / thick carrots, optionally peeled

DRESSING
1 tsp. sea salt
2 tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice (optionally include some zest as well)
2 tbsp. raw honey
1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
Crushed red pepper, to taste (start with a pinch)
A generous sprinkle of black and white sesame seeds (1/2 – 1 Tbsp.)

GARNISH
Sliced green onion, to garnish
Fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped to garnish

DIRECTIONS

Make quick and easy cucumber and carrot noodles with your spiralizer, jullienne peeler, or by simply using a sharp knife to slice them thinly.

Place the cucumber noodles into a strainer or onto a piece of absorbent paper towel to allow any excess water to drain thoroughly for approx. 15 minutes. After, use additional paper towel to pat dry and soak up any remaining drops.

In a little bowl, mix together all of the dressing ingredients.

Add the cucumber and carrot noodles to a large salad bowl with 2-3 Tbsp. of the dressing mixture. Toss to coat. Serve and garnish with green onion and cilantro. Best enjoyed fresh after making.

photography by joe lee foto // styling by sarah hawthorne 

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  1. This sounds so good. I make salads all the time with similar ingredients, but I always go the same chopped route. I’ll have to follow your lead and julienne.
    I read somewhere that milk isn’t that great for calcium because we aren’t set up to absorb it that way; that our body is better at using calcium from vegetables (broccoli is a good one) and nuts.
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