This is one favorite salads. Which is odd considering the fact that it’s main ingredient is cucumber and just a few years ago I despised cucumbers. But I wanted to like them, so I forced myself to try a little every time they were served and then one day I suddenly liked them. Not only did I like them I couldn’t get enough. I went through a phase where I ate this salad about 3 times a week for about 2-3 months before getting over my obsession. Another reason I was eating so much of this salad was because this happened around the time I got married and I was eating super clean to stay lean to fit my wedding dress/rock my honeymoon bikinis.
Cucumbers are a great item to add to your diet especially when trying to loose weight. They are hydrating, full of vitamins and minerals, low in calories, and aid in digestion. This salad has all raw veggies (well, technically, a cucumber is a fruit) and a light dressing made with miso. If you have been following this blog for any length of time you know how obsessed I am with miso and the health benefits it offers including boosting the immune system, aiding digestion, restoring probiotics to the digestive system, and helping to detoxify the body.
I have been saying for weeks now that I need to cleanse, I slacked off with my healthy eating around the holidays and although I made a weak effort at getting back on track by cutting out alcohol for the month of January, I haven’t really kicked the bad habits I let take over back in November. I am making a good effort starting now though. Again, no more alcohol, cutting wayyyyy back on sugar, and making a conscious effort to make every meal at least 50% veggies. This salad is going to return to the top of my healthy lunch options list for the next few weeks as hit the reset button on my metabolism and digestive system. But don’t worry, I have been saving up some delicious and indulgent recipes to share with you too so don’t run away. Healthy can also be absolutely delicious- this salad is proof.
Try adding more veggies to it like shaved carrot, sweet potato or red cabbage. Or serve with a piece of salmon for a heartier meal. I hope you like this salad as much as I do.
Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, you may need to add a little more water to get the right consistency.
Partially peel the cucumber, cut in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, then slice about 1/4" thick depending on your preference. Remove the stem and root of the radish and slice thinly, or use a peeler. Roughly chop the green onions and finely slice the red onion.
Mix all the cucumber, radish, red onion, and green onion. Toss with dressing. Garnish with avocado and black sesame seeds, serve immediately.
If you are packing this for your lunch, make sure to pack the dressing separately because if it sits too long in the dressing the veggies get soggy and the dressing turns watery.
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Something special happened to me yesterday. My local grocery store had sea bass. It doesn’t happen often, I usually have to go to more of a specialty grocer to get this type of thing. But I bought it, I had to. And my absolute favorite way to have sea bass is miso glazed. This glaze give the already rich tasting fish a buttery, creamy and yet crispy glaze that is absolutely to die for. I have used this glaze on just about every type of fish and miso glazed salmon is a regular meal for us, but it is a special treat to have miso glazed sea bass. This recipe will work for just about any type of fish though, I do actually recommend trying it on salmon as well.
One trick I use to make sure I can quickly throw together these types of things is that I always keep grated ginger in a baggy in the freezer. Peeling and grating ginger can be a pain, but I do it in a big batch so I always have it on hand. Just peel, your ginger, pulse it in a food processor a few times until finely minced. Spread it out onto a sheet pan and freeze for 2 hours before transferring to a freezer bag. Freezing first on a sheet pan ensures that you don’t get stuck with one giant ball of ginger that would be difficult to measure out and use.
This time I made it I served it with forbidden rice and sesame and lemon roasted bok choy. The fish is really rich and buttery so I like serving it with citrusy veg to balance it out, and I love the texture of forbidden rice too but wild rice would work just as well.
Mix all ingredients together (except the fish). Pour over fish in a ziplock bag, squeeze out air and make sure fish is completely coated. Refrigerate overnight (or at least 30 minutes)
Heat canola or vegetable oil over high heat in a heavy bottomed skillet. Once oil is shimmering, sear each side of the fish for no more than 1 minute, until a crust begins to form.
Move to a sheet pan lined with foil and bake for 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.
While fish is in the oven, pour the extra marinade into a pot and heat to a boil, reduce to a simmer then reduce until a thick glaze forms. Baste it onto fish halfway through cooking, serve extra sauce on the side.