Healthy Raw Spicy Cucumber Salad
You are in for a treat today! This salad is AMAZING and one of my favorites! The zucchini’s have slowed down in the garden, however, the cucumbers have taken off and are coming in QUICKLY. They too can double in size overnight and are quite abundant! This recipe is perfect for using up one or two depending on size. I’ve also been juicing the cucumbers with kale, lemon, ginger and an apple! Delicious combination! Cucumbers are SO GOOD for you. Let’s look at some nutritional information on them first.
Health benefits of Cucumber
- It is one of the very low calories vegetable; provides just 15 calories per 100 g. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Cucumber peel is a good source of dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation, and offers some protection against colon cancers by eliminating toxic compounds from the gut.
- It is a very good source of potassium, an important intracellular electrolyte. Potassium is a heart friendly electrolyte; helps reduce blood pressure and heart rates by countering effects of sodium.
- It contains unique anti-oxidants in good ratios such as ß-carotene and α-carotene, vitamin-C, vitamin-A, zea-xanthin and lutein. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
- Cucumbers have mild diuretic property probably due to their high water and potassium content, which helps in checking weight gain and high blood pressure.
- They are surprisingly have high amount of vitamin K, provides about 17 µg of this vitamin per 100 g. Vitamin-K has been found to have potential role in bone strength by promoting osteotrophic (bone mass building) activity. It also has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain. (source)
I bought my cucumber seeds back in early spring from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Co. They are called Japanese Long – sweet, mild, extra-long fruit that are very crisp and mild. Easy to digest, firm flesh with few seeds and burpless. PERFECT! They are so easy to grow and are abundant. (*Organic gardening tip: Cucumbers are heavy feeders and thrive in rich soil full of organic matter. They can be trellised if desired – we did this last year and it worked great! so we continue this mode of planting. A bit of afternoon shade is helpful in very hot summer areas. Supply abundant moisture and keep mature fruit picked.*) That’s it! Easy.
Now let’s get to that recipe!
Spicy Cucumber Avocado Onion Salad
- 1 or 2 cucumbers (depending on size)
- 1 Avocado
- 1/2 small red onion
- 2 TB. hemp seeds
- pinch of cayenne
- 1 -2 TB. of coconut aminos (can substitute Bragg’s Aminos or Tamari)
- Optional items: grape tomatoes, seaweed (dulse, hijiki, arame)
Cut cucumber, avocado, and onion into bite sized pieces. Put into a bowl. Sprinkle hemp seeds and a dash of cayenne (to taste) on top of cucumber/avocado/onion mix. Add coconut aminos to taste and gently mix well. (*I highly recommend to let marinate in fridge for at least an hour so that all the flavors can meld.*) That’s it!
Can eat by itself or serve over some fresh, baby greens. Very hydrating, cooling and filling. I could eat this salad every day and not tire of it. It’s THAT good.
I am serving this by itself for dinner first, accompanied by a spicy, thai coconut soup. Yum!Let me know if you are interested in the soup recipe and I will post for you. ♥ For more healthy living and organic gardening tips, quick recipes, what I’m eating and inspirational quotes, LOVE me on Facebook. Lots of fun stuff!
May the GREENS be with you!