Here’s a light crunchy spiralized Thai flavored salad that you don’t need a spiraler to make. I actually own a spiraler, but have to admit, I don’t like to spiralize carrots. It’s hard to do unless you have really, really thick carrots. So, when I saw that Earth Fare started carrying them in their frozen department I was excited and curious.
I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what their flavor or texture would be like, but I was SO happily surprised how much I like them! They really keep their crunchiness and you would never guess they were once frozen. They are frozen raw, so once thawed they are perfect for crispy salads like this.
I decided to thinly slice the cucumber with a vegetable peeler because most people have that utensil lying around their kitchen, and I was trying to make this recipe accessible by all without a spiraler at home. It makes for a nice way to get noodles from your cucumber. After I peel the cucumber into long thin strips with the vegetable peeler, I take my knife and slice them to make them skinnier. It was a great way to get noodles without using a spiraler. An alternative would be to just finely dice your cucumber close in size to your edamame. What ever floats your boat.
Combine ingredients from peanut butter to garlic in a food processor or high speed blender, I use my vitamix because it’s so easy to clean. Blend until completely smooth. Slowly pour in warm water one tablespoon at a time to desired dressing constancy. You may need to add more water depending on the thickness of your peanut butter. (Once you make your dressing, you can always thin it out later with the warm water, shaking vigorously in a tightly sealed glass jar. You can also add some chili flakes if you want some added heat to the dressing.)
Using your vegetable peeler, slice your entire cucumber lengthwise until you have lots of super thin long cucumber slices. Lay them out on a paper towel and lightly salt them to draw out some of their moisture. Let them sit about 30 minutes, and then take another paper towel and blot the tops dry. Using a knife, slice them lengthwise down the middle to make them resemble flat noodles.
Combine the rest of the salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss. Then add your cucumber and gently toss again. Serve dressing over salad. If you’re not serving right away, wait to dress the salad so it won’t get soggy. Both the salad and the dressing can be made up to 3 days in advance and kept separately in the refrigerator until ready to serve.