Cucumber Peanut Salad

This is another recipe from 101 Cookbooks, a site full of awesomeness, check her out!

You can prep all the ingredients ahead of time, but don’t toss the salad until just before serving. If you do the peanuts will lose their crunch because the cucumbers give off a good amount of water. If you use two chiles and leave the seeds/veins in – this is quite a spicy salad, so feel free to adapt for your tastes. You can just use one chile, and if you’re still worried, remove the seeds and veins. It can be made vegan by substituting sunflower oil for the ghee.

Cucumber Peanut Salad, photo from 101


3 medium cucumbers, partially peeled

1-2 green serrano chiles, stemmed and minced

1/2 cup  peanuts, toasted

1/3 cup  dried large-flake coconut, toasted

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon, ghee, clarified butter, or sunflower oil

1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds

1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds

scant 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

a handful cilantro, chopped

Halve the cucumbers lengthwise, scrape out the seeds, and chop into pieces roughly the size of pencil erasers. Just before you’re ready to serve, transfer to a mixing bowl and toss gently with chiles, peanuts, coconut and lemon juice.

Over medium heat melt the ghee in a small skillet. When hot stir in the mustard seeds. They are going to sputter and spit a bit, and when this starts to happen, add the cumin for 15-30 seconds, just long enough to toast the spices. Cover with a lid if needed.

Remove from heat, stir in the salt, and immediately stir this into the salad. Turn out onto a patter topped with the cilantro. Serves 4.

Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor’s Cucumber Salad {Khamang Kakdi) in How to Cook Indian. Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, April 2011.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jessica
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 20:08:23

    Im soooo making this for dinner. thanks, Amy!


  2. Jamie
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 01:13:01

    I have heard mixed reviews about peanuts being ok on the candida diet. Steel cut oats are another. What’s the real answer??


  3. Jamie
    May 01, 2013 @ 13:23:01

    Thank you so much Amy . You don’t know how awesome it is to find someone so full of knowledge that actually makes the candida free way of living so much less scary!! Recipes that actually taste good!! Thanks again.


  4. Amy Huebner Health Coach
    May 01, 2013 @ 14:03:50

    Jamie, thank you! This really makes my day : – )


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