Sesame Cucumber Salad

Garden produce season is alive and well here in the Midwest, which means since our house is the pit-stop in between my parents house in Iowa and our family’s cabin in Northwest Minnesota, we get regular produce deliveries from my parents. Right now we have yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers and 5 million jalapenos. It’s been pretty hot and humid in Minnesota, so I’ve been eating fresh [cold] cukes a lot. I threw this salad together the other night, it’s really easy and has great flavor. The coconut aminos (soy sauce substitute) adds the perfect sweetness to the nutty sesame flavor.

Sesame Cucumber Salad

  • Cucumbers
  • Sesame oil
  • Coconut aminos
  • Sea salt
  • Garlic salt
  • Chili flakes
  • Sesame seeds

Slice cukes and drizzle oil and coconut aminos over top (more or less depending on how much sauce you prefer, I wanted it to be a light flavor), then sprinkle with sea salt, garlic salt and chili flakes. Toss, and then top with sesame seeds last so they don’t get soggy.

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Cucumber Bacon Salad

Full credit goes to my sister’s co-worker who told her about this little gem and she passed it along to me! Threw it together yesterday and it is super tasty (odd combination I wouldn’t have normally thought to put together), but nonetheless will add this to my rotation! It reminds me of a BLT in salad form. I think it normally calls for spiralized cucumber but I just didn’t have time to do that over lunch yesterday and I’m also not sure if it has an official name. So, thanks to my sister’s co-worker whom I have not met πŸ™‚

Cucumber Bacon Salad

  • Cucumber (sliced, spiralized, etc.)
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Bacon pieces
  • Mayo (I use Primal Kitchen)
  • Dash of salt/pepper

I didn’t measure any ingredients, I just eyeballed it so feel free to use as much of each ingredient as you prefer for your own taste. Toss them all together and enjoy fresh (this would be a great dish to make for any kind of party, tailgate, etc.)!

 

Urban Garden Update!

I haven’t posted about my garden in a while, but we’re still trucking right along and I’m almost to the point of permanently stained neon green fingertips πŸ™‚ Seth and I just staked again with 8ft stakes and trellises, because the tomatoes are out of control:photo 2 (4)

I haven’t had a lot of difficulty this year with snails and slugs, aphids or tomato worms, which is great! Partially due to the lack of moisture here in San Diego (it’s extremely dry this summer), but also because I began spraying with neem oil and BT at the very first signs. I am still struggling a little to combat blight organically, especially on the Roma. Still, nothing relaxes me like gardening does (guaranteed blood sugar drop):photo 4

I have noticed grasshoppers for the first time-and they’re HUGE (they particularly like the catnip). They don’t seem to be doing much damage…so I guess I’ll just be thankful for that at this point. I’ve also found quite a few ladybugs, which I love, and could also be contributing to the lack of aphids.photo 1 (4)

I’ve been harvesting zucchini and cucumbers for about 6 weeks or so, and still going strong. The tomatoes are really coming into season now and last night I harvested Cherry, Roma, Yellow Pear, and the large San Diego and Beefsteak are just about there. I can’t wait for BLTs on Paleo Bread!Β Food truly is beautiful-notice the rich color as compared with commercially grown produce:photo 3 (1)