I have had the recipe in my back pocket for quite some time and have meant to get it posted but, well you know how it goes right?
The idea kinda pickled in my brain for a while.
I knew I loved the peanut sauce from our local Thai place, and I loved cold sesame noodle salad before I went low carb. So I was searching the interwebs for noodle ideas along those paths and then I realized “Hey, you love zoodles so why not use coodles (get it, cucumber noodles? Ya, ummm nevermind). I bounced the idea of the hubby and he gave me the thumbs up so away I went.
I was just going to use an old sesame peanut noodle recipe of mine and sub in the cucumber noodles, but decided I wanted to recreate the peanut sauce from the local joint and WALA this salad was born!
Even though we nommed on this salad all through summer, it is still a great side for your fall recipes too. I mean, if ya don’t have to cook how can you go wrong?
I go to this recipe to replace my typical cauliflower rice when it comes to anything Asian I make. I never get tired of cauliflower rice but the Mr.? Well, he will give me the heavy sigh and I know what that means so this is a great way to keep from hearing that from him.
This year my the cucumbers in my garden decided to go on strike so I had to buy them, but next year we are building a good-sized raised bed garden instead of my container garden on the back porch, so I have fingers crossed I will get a good amount out of it!
INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE SPICY PEANUT CUCUMBER NOODLE SALAD
Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.
Cut the ends of each cucumber off and then cut each cucumber in half.
Spiralize each half of the cucumber. Cutting the spiralized noodles if needed to keep them at a manageable length.
Place the noodles in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Allow the noodles to sit over the sink for at least 30 minutes to allow some of the liquid to drain.
Wrap the noodles in a clean dish towel and ring them out to get as much liquid out of them as possible.
Place the cucumber noodles in a large bowl.
Combine the remaining ingredients, except the warm water, in a small bowl and whisk to combine well. Add the warm water 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached, remembering the noodles will release more liquid.
Pour the desired amount of sauce over the cucumber noodles and toss. Store any remaining sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Top with chopped peanuts if using.
FAQS ABOUT SPICY PEANUT CUCUMBER NOODLE SALAD
I am allergic to peanuts can I use a different butter in this recipe? I have not personally used anything but peanut butter in this specific recipe. I would think another nut butter or seed butter would work well though.
The dressing got really watery, what did I do wrong? This can happen. Cucumbers will continue to release their liquid the longer they sit. I recommend keeping the dressing as thick as possible for that reason.
How long will this Spicy Peanut Cucumber Noodle Salad last in the fridge? It will last 2 to 3 days in the fridge however, the liquid from the cucumbers will cause the dressing to thin and get watery.
Last thoughts about Spicy Peanut Cucumber Noodle Salad
This really is one of my new fave low carb side dishes.
Don’t get me wrong, I do love me some Deviled Egg Cauliflower Salad and Loaded Broccoli Salad, but this just brings the spice when you are craving some heat. Plus you can dial that heat in to whatever you crave. We like things on the spicy side here so go for maximum heat level, but you can keep it on the lighter side if your family isn’t down for that.
It is also another side dish that you can make year round. I counted on cucumbers from my garden this year (although it didn’t quite cooperate with that idea) but in the off season you can just buy your cucumbers at the store.
This is a pretty straight forward and easy recipe. Aside from spiralizing the cucumber, there really isn’t much hands on time involved, which I love!
Welcome! It is so nice to meet you. My name is Bobbi. I am the Mom of 2 great kids, and Nana to a beautiful baby girl Kylee, and a handsome little devil named Torin. I share my life and home with my awesome partner Kevin, and 2 furbabies….