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5.31.2010

Just Another Meatless Monday #14 Cold Summer Salad

Hey What's For Dinner


Oh the weather has been beastly hot this last week. And with putting in gardens, weeding, busting sod and a birthday my cooking has been wanting. I did have one spectacular dinner last week, a cold summer salad with peanut dressing. This is so easy and can be fixed ahead of time and chilled all day so it's cool and ready when YOU need it.

Cold Summer Salad with Peanut Dressing
16 ounce package of regular spaghetti noodles
1 large cucumber
1 large zucchini
3 large carrots
handful of basil leaves, Thai basil if possible
peanut dressing--recipe follows
cook noodles according to package directions for al dente noodles
meanwhile wash and dry vegetables, peel carrots if necessary
thinly slice all vegetables on the diagonal, set aside
when noodles are done drain and rinse with cool water
drain again getting out as much water as possible
toss with the sliced vegetables and chill until ready to serve
serve with the dressing on the side as you would a regular salad


peanut dressing
1/2 cup of peanut butter, I used the chunky style because I like peanut sauce that way use what you like
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon vinegar-use what you have I had pear balsamic and it was fine
1 garlic clove minced finely
2 Tablespoons soy sauce, more or less to suit your taste start with some and keep adding
red pepper flakes-optional
in a mixing bowl whisk all the ingredients together
it may take a few minutes so be patient
add more water if a thinner dressing is desired

I need inspiration this week folks that or someone to cook for me. In lieu of a personal cook I'll take your ideas.





Peace and Love-

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2 comments :

  1. That is a yummy salad for sure..

    Have a great day..

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