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Cucumber Cashew Coleslaw

Cucumber Cashew Coleslaw

It’s hot here in the mid-July Northeast, definitely coleslaw weather. I always want to like coleslaw, it has so much potential, but time after time it leaves me feeling flat. Instead I always fall back on an easy cucumber salad; roughly sliced hunks of cucumber tossed in an Asian-inspired dressing. But I really want to love coleslaw, so I tried sneaking in some coleslaw-ness into the cucumbers, and by golly it worked.

I like this salad rough and tumble in texture and chop the cucumbers and cabbage coarsely; if you’d like it more refined, you can shred the cabbage and thinly slice the cucumber.

INGREDIENTS
2 large cucumbers, cleaned, partially peeled (see note), and coarsely cubed
1/3 head cabbage, cleaned and coarsely chopped
1 cup roasted salted cashews
2 scallions, trimmed and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
3 tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon honey

1. Combine all ingredients except for cashews and refrigerate, tossing occasionally, for at least 30 minutes for flavors to meld.

2. Add cashews and serve.

Note: Some people are cucumber-peelers, some not. I fall smack dab in the middle. I like a bit of the crunch of the skin, but think it can be overwhelming, so I use the peeler to “stripe” the skin– making lengthwise peels alternating with skin.

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By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Care2 Healthy and Green Living

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Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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4:51AM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

Sounds yummy,thanks for sharing

3:00PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

thanks for sharing

5:19PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

Yum will give this a go, thanks

2:26AM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Great recipe. Love this recipe. Thanks.

1:15AM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:48AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

Thank you for the "food" recipes. I have never made cucumber soup but I think I will give it a try. Also going to make the cuke and dill salad.

9:30AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

SLICE CUCUMBERS AS THIN AS YOU CAN IN BOWL..SPRINKLE WITH SALT AND LET SIT TILL WILTED...SQUEEZE OUT THE LIQUID...ADD SOUR CREAM AND MIX WELL..ADD PAPRIKA....YUM
YOU CAN ADD THINLY SLICED ONION TO THE CUKES IF YOU WANT AN EXTRA TASTE

3:33AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

My comment below reads... I thank-you for reading this. Please note - I did the Daily Action for today, 7/21/2011, "13 Ways to Use Cucumber". This comment was my comment intended for that article as part of my Daily Action for 7/21/11. How it ended up here is anybody's guess, I surely do not know. Thank-you.

2:40AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Melissa - Thank-you for the informative article. I don't cook but some of the recipes so very simple I don't think I'd have a problem from that perspective. My problem w/ cucumbers is that while I enjoy their taste & they definitely have a cooling effect when eaten, they repeat in me a majorly. I've tried to find ways to counteract that reaction, but have had no success. I am open & will appreciate any & all suggestions. I used to make what I thought was a nice change from the ordinary tuna fish salad in which I put mayo, parsley flakes, sometimes oregano, chopped non-garlic pickles, & chopped nuts, walnut or raw cashews. While my guests were a bit hesitant to try it, once they gat past the first mouthful they were pleasantly surprised. Growing up & after, a standard summertime salad my mom made was a cucumber & onion salad w/ some type of a vinaigrette marinade. Between the onions & cucumbers this was one salad I passed on. I was told a long time ago & as you suggested, to place cucumber slices on both eyes to help relieve puffiness from various causes. Since then I have been diagnosed w/ "Dry Eye Syndrome". Would cucumbers work for that as well? Many tears ago, I used to use a cucumber facial wash which I was generally pleased w/. I was diagnosed w/ Rosacea ~ 4 - 5 years ago. Would some type of cucumber mixture be helpful for that as well? I realize I asked some questions & I'll appreciate any & all suggestions from all. I thank-you

5:41PM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

Thanks, this sounds really good!

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