Asian-Inspired Cucumbers and Peppers with Peanuts – Garden fresh cucumbers and red bell peppers marinated in an Asian inspired vinaigrette, chilled, and then topped with crushed peanuts. Summer is NOT OVER. I repeat, summer. is. not. over. At least where the fresh produce and the actual date on the calendar are concerned. To many of your children, well their homework, alarm clocks, and end of daily frolicking has actually ended their summer. Our summer will officially end next Thursday when my baby starts kindergarten. Time has flown. I created my ever first blog post when she had just learned to crawl. Now, she can write her name and knows all the words to “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth.
I have a bounty of fresh produce, so while I am starting to make more fall food, I am still enjoying fresh summer-style foods like this simple salad of cucumbers, carrots, red peppers, and onion. It’s all tossed in a simple vinaigrette, chilled and as it is being served, crushed peanuts are added.
The peanuts really add a lot to this dish by way of crunch, texture, and flavor. If you’re allergic or do not like peanuts, you’ve still got a great salad on your hands without them.
Asian-Inspired Cucumbers and Peppers with Peanuts
- 2 cucumbers; halved and sliced
- 2 carrots; sliced
- 2 red bell peppers; sliced
- 1/2 medium white or red onion; sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro; chopped
- 1 cup peanuts; in pieces
- 1 tsp garlic chili sauce +/- to taste
- 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce +/- to taste
- 1/2 cup rice vinegar
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
Slice the veggies and place them in a large bowl.
Add the cilantro, stir well.
In a separate bowl, whisk the marinade ingredients together.
Pour the marinade over the veggie.
Cover the veggies and shake the bowl, allowing the marinade to fully coat all the vegetables.
Chill for 15 minutes.
Remove from fridge and shake, forcing the liquid to mix into all the vegetables again.
Repeat this until the salad has marinated for an hour.
Once ready to serve, drain off the remaining liquid.
Toss the salad with the peanuts.