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My New Found Way to Actually Enjoy Cucumbers

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So I went with a friend last week to this incredibly tasty restaurant in Raleigh called Cowfish- delicious! Anyways, I ordered a Bento Box which came with small portions of edamame, sweet potato fries, 4 sushi rolls, a mini-burger, and much to my dismay… Thai cucumbers. Side note: I am ALWAYS up to try new foods, but I’ve learned over the years that I really, really, do NOT like cucumbers. They have always seemed so bland to me and the only way I’ll eat them is if they are hidden in something else.

Hesitantly, I did end up trying them, and they were SO good! I am always looking for ways to consume more vegetables and I think I unexpectedly found my solution to help me eat more cucumbers. After we finished eating, I looked up a recipe for Thai cucumber salad to make in the future.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 large cucumbers peeled
  • 1/2 cup “match stick” chopped carrots
  • 1/2 diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • dash of lime juice
  • cup ¼chopped cilantro

Instructions:

  1. Cut cucumbers in half long ways.
  2. With a melon baller scoop out the seeds and pulp from center of cucumber.
  3. Chop cucumbers up in 1/4 inch slices and set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan with medium heat, melt sugar, salt and vinegars until sugar and salt are dissolved. About 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and cool.
  6. Toss together cucumber, carrots, cilantro and red onion.
  7. Pour vinegar mixture, Sweet Chili sauce and lime juice over cucumber mixture.
  8. Marinate for a least 1 hour before serving.

I guess the moral of the story here is that it’s important to keep an open mind when trying to develop a healthier eating pattern. When in doubt about a particular food item, try it! You might discover a new favorite food.

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