I am not usually one to get caught up in food trends (well maybe sometimes). One of the newest trends over the last couple of years has been the spiralizer. I will admit at first I laughed. "If I want pasta... I'm going to eat pasta. F*** zoodles!"
But then I did Whole30, and the spiralizer changed my life. It really did. I found myself making noodles out of every vegetable I could get my hands on. My favorite being sweet potato for any hot dish, they hold up better than the ever so popular zucchini noodles, and cucumber noodles for cold dishes.
This summer I can not get enough cold cucumber salads. I eat at least one big cucumber out of the garden each day. You can't ask for a more refreshing on a hot summer day! This salad takes only minutes to whip up, it's the perfect light lunch, or it works great as a side dish. The cucumbers, onions and berries are tossed in a homemade honey champagne vinaigrette, and to give it a little richness, I added some sesame crusted fried feta cheese and topped with a drizzle of raw honey.
Cucumber Noodle Salad with Fried Sesame Crusted Feta Cheese
Recipe yields 1 serving
1 pickling cucumber, scrubbed clean
A few thin red onion slices
Handful of fresh berries ( I use blueberries, but you can use whatever you have on hand)
For the dressing:
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 tbs champagne vinegar
1 tsp honey
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp minced garlic
For the cheese:
3-4 1 inches cubes of whole milk feta cheese
2 tbs bread crumbs (use gluten free bread crumbs if you are GF)
2 tbs sesame seeds
1/2 cup of olive oil for frying
Extra honey for drizzling over the finished salad
Using a spiralizer, spiralize the cucumber. If you do not have a spiralizer, you can julienne the cucumbers as well. Set aside in a salad bowl.
To prepare dressing, whisk the dressing ingredients together.
Toss the cucumber noodles, onion slices and blueberries with the dressing.
To make the fried cheese, in a small bowl mix the bread crumbs and sesame seeds together.
Add a beaten egg to another small bowl.
Heat olive oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat.
Coat each feta cube in your beaten egg, and then dredge it through the breadcrumbs and sesame seeds.
Quickly fry the cheese in the olive oil on each side, until each feta cube is golden brown.
Place hot cheese on top of salads, drizzle with extra honey and enjoy!
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