Donal Skehan's what to eat now: spiralized cucumber salad
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I am a kitchen gadget addict. I even buy other people kitchen gadgets that I secretly want for myself, like the spiralizer I bought my mum for Christmas which has now made its way into my kitchen!
It's a fun gadget which turns vegetables into interesting shapes and textures. They're available online and from department stores, but if you don't have a spiraliser you can just as easily make this salad by slicing the vegetables thinly.
You will need
For the dressing:
1 tsp caster sugar Zest and juice of 1 lime
3 tbsp fish sauce
½ red chilli, finely chopped
For the salad:
3-4 shallots, finely sliced
1 red chilli, finely sliced
Large handful of bean sprouts
Large handful of peanuts, toasted
A good handful of mint leaves
For the dressing, whisk together the caster sugar with the zest and juice of the lime and fish sauce until the caster sugar has dissolved. Add in the red chilli and whisk through. Toast the peanuts in a dry frying pan until golden and then remove from the pan and bash roughly in a pestle and mortar.
Attach one carrot to the spiralizer and twist the handle. Do exactly same with the cucumber and you should be left with long vegetable noodles.
Put all the vegetables in a large mixing bowl and add in some finely sliced shallots, finely sliced red chilli and a handful of bean sprouts and some fresh mint leaves. Pour over the dressing and give it a good toss to combine.
Serve it up with some more mint leaves, peanuts and a little chilli for extra spice and colour.
Thai Gold Fish Sauce
People often ask me where I buy my 'unusual ingredients' like fish sauce but the truth is many of the Asian ingredients I use are readily available in supermarkets and Asian stores across the country.
The addition of fish sauce to dressings (see my spiralizer salad) and currys make a monumental difference to the flavor so I always have a bottle in my pantry. It might surprise you that my go to brand is actually an Irish company, Thai Gold. Based in Wexford, Norman Rudduck and his wife Penn source an excellent and authentic range of Thai products at a very reasonable price.