Hello friends!! It has been way too long since I update, I know. But, I am back today with some seriously yummy stuff. One of the best meals I have had in a very long time was a meal we made a few weeks ago with a good friend of ours. It was a Thai cookout and it was FANTASTIC. Ren and I are both huge fans of Thai food and everything in this meal was just perfect. We had Chicken Satay with Peanut sauce (recipe on this blog), grilled shrimp, Thai Cucumber Salad with Peanuts and the best fresh Summer Rolls ever. Oh yeah, and if that wasn’t enough gorging to keep us on the Spin bike for the next year, we also had homemade brownie sundaes. Damn. Just damn. This cucumber salad was so incredibly good and fresh that it would be perfect for any time when you are grilling out or, if you have a potluck to go to and want to bring something totally different, this would be awesome.
Thai Cucumber Salad with Peanuts
1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce (nam pla)* Don’t be scared of this, it tastes good. Just don’t smell it.
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño chili (about 1 large) I used 2 large
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 English hothouse cucumbers, halved, seeded, thinly sliced
3/4 cup sliced red onion
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped lightly salted roasted peanuts
Whisk first 5 ingredients in medium bowl. Place cucumbers, onion, and mint in large bowl. Add dressing and toss to coat. Season salad to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with peanuts and serve.
*Available at Asian markets and in the Asian foods section of many supermarkets.