Many of you know that one of my favorite kitchen gadgets is my Paderno spiral slicer. Almost immediately after purchasing it, I lost all desire for wheat noodles. I admit to sometimes dreaming about gnocchi or homemade ravioli, but a pile of regular noodles? Nope. All gone. It comes down to this…If I FEEL like I’m eating noodles and what I’m eating has delicious flavor, then I’m good! It’s pure comfort in a bowl, slurpy goodness, noodley satisfaction.
I also happen to love Asian flavor combinations, so when I came across the Cold Sesame (Cucumber) Noodle salad over at The Clothes Make the Girl, I was ecstatic. I have made that very recipe a number of times and even shared it with friends. But if you like to cook, which I of course do, then you often look at recipes as a template and begin making modifications until the recipe becomes your own. That’s what happened with this one.
While I love having salads on the side, sometimes I’m looking for a one-dish meal that comes together fast and makes me feel like I’m special. This one does exactly that! Canned salmon is probably my favorite of the canned fish, but it’s a bit pricey, so I don’t eat it all the time. Here, its rich flavor marries perfectly with the sesame and ginger – it really can’t be beat. I love the kick that fresh ginger gives this dressing and the lemon makes the whole dish sing.
You can add all kinds of vegetables to this too! I used bell pepper, but snap peas or even steamed green beans would be nice. If you’re making this just for one, save half the dressing to whip up another salad even faster tomorrow.
Cucumber Noodles with Salmon
2 cans of salmon (I used boneless, skinless like this)
1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 c. cilantro, chopped about 1 Tbsp.
1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil or more to garnish
1 Tbsp. almond butter (no sugar)
1 Tbsp. sunflower butter (no sugar)
1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated or minced
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 tsp. coconut aminos
1/2 tsp. rice vinegar
Juice from 1/2 a lemon, about 2 Tbsp.
1/4 tsp. salt
1) Peel and julienne your cucumbers. Either use a spiral slicer, a peeler, or just slice very thinly with a knife. Place in a strainer over a bowl or in the sink and salt generously. Leave to sit about 10 minutes.
2) Put all your dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
3) Add the bell pepper, scallions, and cilantro to a bowl. Drain the canned salmon and add it to the veggies. Rinse the cucumber noodles thoroughly and shake off any excess water. Add them to the bowl, pour the dressing over everything, and toss thoroughly. Plate and drizzle with sesame oil. Add a pinch of salt, if necessary, and slurp away!
11 thoughts on “Cucumber Noodles with Salmon”
I just love this idea–the cucumber noodles are brilliant!
So delicious and satisfying! You can have a ton of fun with them. Enjoy!
Being a native Alaska, if you can afford it, use Red salmon and NOT pink. Pink salmon is one of the lower quality salmon (of the 5 Alaskan species). Red salmon is the highest quality and the most Omega-rich salmon.
Thanks for the tip, Amanda! I’ll look out for that.
I JUST made this and let me tell you: THIS. IS. A.MAY.ZING. We absolutely devoured this dish, including our 3 year old! If you love light Asian flavors, this is the dish for you. It is going in my multiple times per month line up! Thank you Michelle, and I am not sure how you avoided multiple marriage proposals after posting this!
🙂 I have to admit, your 3 year old is more adventurous than my 8 year old! So glad you all loved it!
Have you ever made this in advance and maybe just mixed the cucumber noodles in when you were ready? I’m going to try making this now for lunch tomorrow. 🙂
I think that would work out. I generally prefer salting and draining my cucumber noodles because I think it gives them a little firmer texture. Give it try and let me know how it goes!
I already love it…thinking of making it for my birthday party…love shrimp so i will make some with shrimp and a batch with both shrimp and salmon
I love the idea of adding shrimp to it! I want to give that a try too!
And happy birthday!!