Summer Countdown

We have eaten a lot of salad over the past two months. Summer on Vancouver Island is typically short, in between spring and fall rains. This year, summer was a six week heat wave; while we greatly enjoyed the sun and 30+ degree temperatures, there were more than a few nights when a cold supper was our preference. I repeated a number of our favourite salads (like the  Grain, Bean & Mango SaladAsian Cabbage Salad  and Tomato Salad already featured here), but also challenged myself to try a few new recipes. Some weren’t so great, and some have already been repeated several times.

To celebrate this final week of summer, this week on the blog I’m going to count down our five favourite new salads from 2012. Here is #5:

Cucumber Salad with Coconut, Peanuts and Lime
adapted from Karen Barnaby
serves 4 as a side salad

1 Tbsp shredded coconut
1 Tbsp boiling water
1 English cucumber, finely chopped
juice and zest of 1 lime
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup peanuts, toasted and roughly chopped

In a small bowl, combine coconut and boiling water. Mix and set aside to cool (the coconut will absorb the water and takes ~30 minutes to cool). While this cools, chop cucumber and add lime juice and zest, pepper flakes, salt, sugar and olive oil.

Just before serving, mix in the coconut and peanuts. Enjoy!

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