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Twisty Cucumber Salad

January 7, 2015

Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to the months ahead, filled with cooking exploration as I learn new techniques and create fun recipes here on Devour & Conquer. To offset the treats and holiday dinners of December, let's kick off the first Wednesday of 2015 with an entertaining and healthy salad using Windset Farms Fresco Seedless Cucumbers and the Microplane Vegetable Spiral Cutter tool.

I've been experimenting with the Microplane Spiral Cutter over the past few weeks - a compact and handy tool that slices both small and large vegetables into long 'noodles'. It works well with carrots, zucchini, yams and almost any firm veggie that fits into either of the two cutting 'cones' set into the hand-held tool.

Though it only cuts veggies into one noodle shape, unlike some large slicing tools and machines with multiple options and blades, the compact 'fit-in-a-drawer' size makes this tool a great kitchen addition. While I wouldn't recommend the Spiral Cutter for children to use in the kitchen (Microplane includes high-quality blades on every product, and a steady, experienced hand is important), I do think the resulting vegetable ribbons and noodles (and this salad!) would be a big hit for family dinners.

Notes on ingredients: Fat-free and crazy healthy, this salad is really just a beautiful tangle of fresh cucumber soaked in a dill-infused quick-pickle brine. Choose fresh and firm cucumbers, fresh veggies hold their spiral shape best. To give the salad a Greek twist, use lemon juice in place of vinegar and oregano in place of dill.

Twisty Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

1 Windset Farms Fresco Seedless Cucumber

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1 teaspoon fresh or dried dill

2 pinches of sea salt

Wash and dry the cucumber, and cut off ends. Begin twisting the cuke through the Microplane Spiral Cutter which will slice it into a pile of cucumber ribbons. Set in a small bowl. Add the vinegar, dill and a pinch of salt. Gently toss, then cover and set aside for 10 minutes to let the flavours marinate.

Drain the cucumber ribbons, plate and serve topped with an extra pinch of sea salt.

Devour!

To learn more about Microplane's Spiral Cutter and other great kitchen tools, visit their website here.

To get to know Windset Farms and their high-quality BC-grown greenhouse produce, visit their website here.

 

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