Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peppers, Radishes, and Thai Dressing

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Makes 4 servings; recipe created by Kalyn with lots of help recipe testing from Jake and Kara.

Ingredients:
2 large European cucumbers or 4 small cucumbers
1 bunch radishes (about 10 radishes)
6 Bellafina mini-peppers, assorted colors (or one large red bell pepper will work)
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/3 cup coarsely chopped peanuts (optional)

Dressing Ingredients:
1 T agave nectar, Stevia, Sugar, or other sweetener of your choice (Use an approved sweetener for South Beach Diet)
2 T fresh-squeezed lime juice
2 tsp. Fish Sauce
2 tsp. Chili Garlic Sauce
1/2 tsp. salt or Vege-Sal, more or less to taste

Instructions:

Cut ends off the cucumbers, and peel off some strips if the peel seems thick.  (I didn’t peel any off from the European cucumbers we used.)  To get individual ribbon, cut a slit lengthwise, going about half-way through the cucumber.  Then use a Spiralizer or Mandolin slicer or other method to slice the cucumber into round ribbons.  Put cucumbers between a double layer of paper towels and press down to press out the liquid and get it absorbed into the towel.  (You might need to do that twice if the cucumbers are pretty wet.)

Cut off ends of the mini-peppers and scoop out the seeds; then slice into thin slices.  Slice the radishes, thinly slice the green onions, and coarsely chop the peanuts (if using).

Whisk together the agave nectar (or sweetener of your choice), fresh lime juice, fish sauce, Chili Garlic Sauce, and a little salt to make the dressing.   Put cucumbers, peppers, radishes, and green onions into a medium-sized bowl, add the dressing, toss all ingredients together, and serve the salad, sprinkled with peanuts if desired.

This salad is best when it’s tossed with the dressing right before serving.  Enjoy!

From Kalyn’s Kitchen