Spicy Cucumber Cashew Salad

The Roasted Tomato Feta Salad I posted last week was so well recieved I decided to share another one of my favorite healthy, simple and flavorful salads.  This salad will taste best if you have some time to let it set in the fridge for a few hours before serving chilled or at room temperature.  The fish sauce gives it a delicious Thai flavor and you could substitute mint, parsley or your favorite herb for the cilantro.

What to buy (serves 4-5):

  • 2 large cucumbers, halfway peeled and sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon Texas Pete or other hot sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1/2 cup cashews, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves

What to do:

  • cut ends off cucumbers, then peel but leave thin strips along the cucumber so that you get a striped effect when you slice them
  • combine salt, pepper, lime juice, olive oil, fish sauce, sugar, Texas Pete, garlic and ginger, stirring to mix well
  • pour dressing over cucumbers, sprinkle with cilantro and cashews