Cucumber Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing

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.cucumber salad 2

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.Cucumber Salad with Sesame Miso Dressing| Glitter It Gold

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.Cucumber Salad with Sesame Miso Dressing| Glitter It Gold

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.

 

Cucumber Salad with Sesame Miso Dressing| Glitter It Gold
Cucumber Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing
Print Recipe
This deliciously refreshing salad of cucumber, radish, and avocado with sesame miso dressing is perfect for a light lunch or side salad.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10
Cucumber Salad with Sesame Miso Dressing| Glitter It Gold
Cucumber Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing
Print Recipe
This deliciously refreshing salad of cucumber, radish, and avocado with sesame miso dressing is perfect for a light lunch or side salad.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10
Ingredients
Salad
Sesame Miso Dressing
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, you may need to add a little more water to get the right consistency.
  2. 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.
  3. Mix all the cucumber, radish, red onion, and green onion. Toss with dressing. Garnish with avocado and black sesame seeds, serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

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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Pea Shoot, Roasted Strawberry and Burrata Salad

It’s spring. And in Southern California that means it should already be 85 degrees and sunny just about every single day. Which is why I am thoroughly confused about our current weather- gloomy, cold, drizzley. Like what is this, the Northwest? NO! I know we are in a drought and could use some rain, but if it is isn’t actually going to rain I would like my sunshine back thank you very much!

So anyways, it’s spring. And today is the first Saturday in a very long time that I don’t have anywhere to be, and you know what that means- SPRING CLEANING. Well sort of. I started off really strong- two loads of laundry, dusting, dishes, folding clothes, putting things away, fliling…. but then I got hungry. We have plently of leftovers I was planning on eating until I openened the fridge thinking I would clean that out as I decided what to eat and these really sad looking strawberries were staring up at me from the back of the fridge. I had to do something, rescue them, make them less pathetic looking. So you know what I did? I sliced them up, tossed them in balsamic, and roasted them. Now my original plan was to dump them over the pistachio gelato I impulsively bought at the grocery store yesterday but that doesn’t really count as lunch so I came up with this wonderful salad. W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L. It is so good. The strawberries are like candy, with the crunch of the pistachio (since I already had pistachio on my mind), and oh the cool creaminess of the burrata….¬†Pea Shoot, Roasted Strawberry, Burrata Salad- Glitter It Gold

My tastebuds were in heaven.Pea Shoot, Roasted Strawberry, Burrata Salad- Glitter It Gold

This was the perfect thing to brighten my gloomy, boring day full of cleaning. Try this salad, just try it. I found pea shoots at my local asian market and the burrata at Ralph’s. If you can’t find burrata just use fresh buffalo mozzarella. If you can’t find pea shoots I imagine spinach would be good, but try for the pea shoots, they’re also good in omelettes, smoothies, and sauteed too.Pea Shoot, Roasted Strawberry, Burrata Salad- Glitter It Gold

I did have a little bit of roasted strawberries left so…..

Pistachio Gelato with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries

I deserve this. I have been cleaning all day, or half a day, with every intention of cleaning the rest of the day….after I finish this….

Ingredients for 1 serving:

  • 1 cup pea shoots
  • 1/2 c strawberries, quartered
  • 1 TBS balsamic vineager
  • 1 tsp good quality olive oil
  • 1 ball of burrata, or about 2 oz of buffalo mozzarella
  • 1 TBS roasted, salted pistachios, shelled
  • S+P

Method

  1. To roast the strawberries place them on a non-stick baking sheet and roast at 400 for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before using.
  2. Assemble the salad pea shoots first, then add the roasted strawberries, then sprinkle with pistachios, drizzle with balsamic reduction, drizzle with olive oil, place burrata on top, sprinkle with S+P.
  3. Devour.