I don’t know about you all, but this summer heat makes me crave cold dishes that don’t require me to turn on the oven or stove. I decided to create an easy summer salad recipe with no cooking required. It is perfect as an easy and light weeknight meal or would be great to take to work for a refreshing lunch. This recipe uses my favorite Spiralizer to make cucumber noodles in place of pasta to bulk up the dish – a must have in any low carb kitchen!
I used a small whisk to incorporate all the ingredients together. It’s important to taste your dressing at this point – you may want to add more sriracha or salt and pepper. I also added another dash of olive oil to make it more like a salad dressing and less thick. Adjust the amounts to your preference and set aside to let the flavors mix together.
Next I sliced off the ends and peeled two medium cucumbers before using my Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer to make cucumber noodles. This gadget makes it so easy to enjoy noodle-like dishes without the high carb consequences. If you don’t want to invest in the Paderno, you can also buy a smaller handheld tool that works the same way. There are several YouTube videos that show how to use the Spiralizer for a variety of fruits and vegetables. Once the cucumbers were spiralized, I used paper towels to pat them dry and remove as much water as possible – this is an important step!
Finally, I thinly sliced the green onion tops as well as a few slices of white off the bottom. I added the shrimp and white ends of the onion to a small bowl and poured some of the dressing over top before gently mixing them together. I plated the dry cucumber noodles, poured some dressing on them and then added the dressed shrimp on top before garnishing with the green onion tops. This dish is so easy to put together and tastes so refreshing in these hot summer months. The sriracha in the dressing packs a nice punch while the onions and cucumbers bring the perfect amount of crunch and texture to this dish. I love serving it cold and leftovers are great the next day once the flavors have had time to marinate fully. What easy salads do you love to make? Let me know in the comments below!