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.

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

19 comments

New G.
New G.13 days ago

Thank you.

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Sounds yummy,thanks for sharing

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Melinda K.
Past Member 4 years ago

Yum will give this a go, thanks

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Great recipe. Love this recipe. Thanks.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Pat Hippert
Patricia H.4 years ago

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.

Doris Mason
Past Member 4 years ago

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

Margaret F.
Margaret M. F.4 years ago

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.

Margaret F.
Margaret M. F.4 years ago

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