One of the things I miss most about living in San Francisco is really spicy Thai food because it’s always made with the freshest ingredients and spices. Some say we become addicted to Thai food because our intuitively smart brains quickly determine that impeccably fresh Thai food provides many powerhouse nutrients missing from our overly processed standard American diet (SAD).
Today’s refreshingly simple cucumber salad was served by a friend last weekend at a Fourth of July cookout. Every guest loved it. It was the perfect balance to beautifully grilled chicken breasts, served with quinoa, parsley, and goat cheese stuffed roast tomatoes.
Ingredients for four servings–everything to taste
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon agave syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
One pound English cucumbers thinly sliced with skins on, because the skin contains a lot of nutrients
- Thinly sliced red, yellow or orange bell peppers, to taste
- One or more very thinly sliced jalapeno peppers, to taste
- Diced red onion
- Chopped cilantro leaves, to taste
- Chopped mint leaves, to taste, but be generous
- Chopped peanuts for garnish, to taste.
Mix dressing ingredients in shaker jar and whisk or shake until perfectly combined. In a medium bowl toss salad ingredients.
Add dressing and mix well.
Cucumbers are now viewed as one of the world’s healthiest foods.
1. Cucumbers contain polyphenols called lignans, clinically suggested to lower the risk of many cancers, based on the phytonutrient cucurbitacin’s ability to block immune system JAK-STAT and MAPK signaling pathways required for cancer cell development and survival.
2. Cucumbers include an anti-inflammatory flavonal called fisetin, suggested to play an important role in brain health and the prevention of progressive memory loss in some people.
3. Cucumbers include vitamins C and K, and a number of flavonoids including quercetin, luteolin and apigenin.
4. Cucumbers are rich in water and fiber and temporarily increase stomach pH, making them a great choice for those who struggle with occasional heartburn.
5. Cucumbers include a healthy amount of potassium, which helps maintain health blood pressure levels.
We always suggest buying organic where cucumbers are concerned because the waxed variety pesticides are harder to remove.
We mix sliced cucumbers in our company water pitcher, because they increase hydration, which is always an issue for those of us who live and play above 7,000 feet altitude.
Ellen Troyer and the Biosyntrx staff