RECIPE

Asian Cucumber Spinach Salad

This salad goes well with Yakitori Noodle Bowls, or with most Thai, Japanese or Chinese main courses.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup water (eyeball it)
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar (eyeball it)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 3 1/4-inch-thick slices fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (1/3 palmful)
  • 2 teaspoons Tamari (dark soy sauce)
  • 1 small red, white or Spanish onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 English (seedless) cucumbers, trimmed of ends, cut in half lengthwise then thinly sliced on an angle
  • 1 pound baby spinach, washed thoroughly
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation

Place the water, vinegar, vegetable oil, sugar, garlic, ginger, crushed red pepper flakes and Tamari (eyeball it) in a small saucepot over medium-high heat. Bring up to a bubble and simmer for one minute. Remove the saucepot from the heat and discard the garlic and ginger.


Place the sliced onions in a salad bowl and pour the hot mixture over them. Let sit until cool.


Add the cucumbers and spinach to the salad bowl, toss to combine and season with salt and pepper, to taste.


This is one of many “Yum-o!” recipes – it’s good and good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael’s nonprofit organization, go to www.yum-o.org.

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