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Chilled Cucumber and Woodear Mushroom Salad

 
Chilled Cucumber and Woodear Mushroom Salad
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Nutritionally boost your day with this chilled cucumber and wood ear mushroom salad, it’s an effective way of getting flavour and nutrients rolled up into one meal. Eating cucumber, a chilled one especially, not only thaw any encumbrances in the digestive tract, but also goes flavourfully on the tongue. Wood ear mushroom, commonly sold in Asian markets, is a dear ingredient-mate of the cucumber in the cooking of this tantalizing salad. If you’re struggling to find wood ear mushrooms then Oyster mushrooms would be an excellent replacement. Furthermore if you don’t have access to Japanese cucumber, then the ordinary type of cucumber would be perfectly fitting too. Also if you’re buying them fresh, then instead of boiling, blanch them by dropping the oyster mushrooms into boiling water for 30 seconds to a minute at the most, then submerge them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. The glossy look of this salad is not only pleasing on the eye, but contributes perfectly to a balanced diet. Wood ear is known for its ability to reduce cholesterol in the body, aid blood circulation, and improve melanin and keratin efficiency too. Cucumber will not be left behind as it can also help in weight loss, hydration, is good for eyesight, among other benefits. And if you take a look at the other ingredients, sesame seed, ginger, lime etc. you should definitely add this to your recipe book! Let us get into its preparation without further ado. Shall we….

Yield

3

servings

Prep

90

min

Cook

0

min

Ready

90

min

 

Ingredients

½ ounce wood ears
dried mushrooms
*
7 ounces japanese cucumbers
sliced
*
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
*
1 teaspoon ginger
grated
*
1 tablespoon lime juice
*
1 tablespoon soy sauce, light
*
1 tablespoon sesame oil
*
1 teaspoon palm sugar
*
½ teaspoon thai bird's eye chili peppers
chopped
*

Directions

Eating cucumber, a chilled one especially, not only thaws any encumbrances in the digestive tract but also goes flavourfully on the tongue. Wood ear mushroom, commonly sold in Asian markets, is a dear ingredient-mate of the cucumber in the cooking of this tantalizing salad.

If you’re struggling to find wood ear mushrooms, then Oyster mushrooms would be an excellent replacement. Furthermore, if you don’t have access to Japanese cucumber, then the ordinary type of cucumber would be perfectly fitting too. Also if you’re buying them fresh, then instead of boiling, blanch them by dropping the oyster mushrooms into boiling water for 30 seconds to a minute at the most, then submerge them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process.

The glossy look of this salad is not only pleasing to the eye but contributes perfectly to a balanced diet. Wood ear is known for its ability to reduce cholesterol in the body, aid blood circulation, and improve melanin and keratin efficiency too. Cucumber will not be left behind as it can also help in weight loss, hydration, is good for eyesight, among other benefits. And if you take a look at the other ingredients, sesame seed, ginger, lime, etc. you should definitely add this to your recipe book!

Let us get into its preparation without further ado. Shall we….

  1. Soak wood ear mushrooms in cold water for 15-30 minutes to rehydrate.
  2. Drain mushrooms and boil for 2 minutes. Drain and leave to cool.
  3. Mix ginger, lime juice, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and chili in a bowl.
  4. Toss in sliced cucumbers, cooked mushrooms, and sesame seeds.
  5. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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