During the week, I work a typical 9 to 5 office job. When I am at work, it can become difficult to prepare a meal between meetings and projects. Since that is the case, I do my best to fit in healthy snacks as often as possible. One of my favorite raw foods to snack on is cucumber.
I was searching the web for cucumber recipes to spice things up. I came across thefoodcharlatan.com, which had just what I was looking for. This Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad was perfect and delicious. Once I fell in love with it, I could not wait to share it with my readers.
Here is the recipe:
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
black pepper to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cucumbers, very finely sliced (see photos)
4 tablespoons minced cilantro, to taste
Dice the jalapeno and garlic and add to a medium-sized bowl.
Add 3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper. Use a whisk to incorporate the 3 tablespoons olive oil. Set aside.
Finely slice the cucumbers. Use a mandolin if you have it, but a very sharp knife will do the trick. (See photos below.) Add the cucumbers to the dressing and stir together.
Finely mince the cilantro and add it to the bowl. Stir to combine. You can either let it sit in the fridge to marinate for a couple hours, or serve immediately.
Make sure that you let the salad sit on the counter for a little while before serving if it’s been in the fridge; the olive oil solidifies slightly when it’s cold.