Green Gazpacho

So easy and so yummy.

  • 2 lb English hot house cucumbers, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 c arugula
  • 2 c mixes herbs: basil, cilantro, parsley or mint
  • 3 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 c olive oil

Combine in a blender and purée till smooth. Chill for at least 4 hours.

Makes about 6 c.


Cold Peanut Sesame Chicken & Spiralized Cucumber

This salad is fresh, healthy and packs a to of flavor. I love PB2 (you can get it on Amazon), it seems strange, but packs a lot of flavor and is great for peanut flavored dressings. The trick when dressing anything is do it in a large bowl – drizzle lightly and toss to coat – you can always add more dressing, but you really don’t need a lot.

Peanut Dressing

  • 1/4 c powdered peanut butter (PB2) or peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger


  • 2 english cucumbers
  • 8 oz cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 c bell pepper, diced
  • 4 scallions, sliced thin
  • Toasted sesame seeds

Combine dressing ingredients in a small jar, shake to combine.

Spiralize the cucumber into 5 inch long noodles (or cut into small cubes).

Combine cucumber, peppers and scallions in a bowl, dress with salad dressing and toss to combine. Divide among plates. Add chicken to the same bowl, drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Divide among plates. Sprinkle with a little sesame seed and a drizzle of hot sauce.

Serves 4.

Salmon with Cucumber and Miso Dressing

Another easy and tasty dish from Diana Henry. I opted to cook my salmon.

6 oz salmon, with skin
4 oz cucumber, halved and sliced thin
1 tbsp White Miso paste
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp miran
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp peanut oil
4 scallions, sliced thin
1/2 tbsp pickled ginger
1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
Micro greens
1 c cooked brown rice

Preheat over to 350. Season salmon with salt and pepper, spray with olive oil and cook for 10 – 15 minutes until just cooked through.

Combine miso, Miriam, soy, vinegars and oil in a small bowl. Toss the salmon and cucumber with the dressing.

Place rice in the bottom of a bowl. Add salmon and top with remaining ingredients.

Serves 2.

Grilled Fattoush 

This is a salad as a meal! Perfect for summer nights when it’s too hot to cook inside.

5 tbsp olive oil
4 scallions
1 jalapeno
1/2 c green olives, chopped
3 tbsp salted, roaster pistachios
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper

1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 pitas
2 medium japanese eggplants, spiced lengthwise down the middle
Olive oil
1 8 oz package Halloumi cheese
2 persian cucumber, cut into bite size pieces
1 lb tomatoes, quartered
1/2 c mint, torn
1/4 c dill sprigs

Heat the grill over medium heat. Spray jalapeño and green onions with olive oil and cook until lightly charred.

Chop jalapeño and green onions, add to a bowl and stir in remaining dresssing ingredients. Set aside.

Mix the thyme, sesame seeds and garlic powder in a small bowl. Lightly oil the pitas and eggplant then sprinkle the thyme mixture over them. Grill turning occasionally, until golden with nice grill marks. Grill the halloumi about 2 min per side. Cut the eggplant and bread into bite size pieces. 

Toss pitas, cheese, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers and dressing together in a large bowl. Divide amoun plates and top with mint and dill.

Serves 4

Green Beans and Cucumber with Miso Dressing

The Miso really makes this dish magical. I served it with salmon bowl – so good.

3 persian cucumbers
1 lb green beans, trimmed
1 inch piece ginger, grated
1 jalapeno, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 c rice vinegar
1/4 c white miso
1/4 c olive oil
1/2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Lightly smash cucumber and beans with a rolling pin. Cut cucumber into bite size pieces and place in a bowl, toss with a pinch of salt and set aside.

Whisk together the ginger, garlic, vinegar, jalapeño, Miso, olive oil and sesame seeds. 

Drain cucumber, add beans to the bowl and toss to coat with the dressing. 

Serves 4.

Korean Chicken & Cucumber Salad

Wow – this chicken will take you to flavor town!! The sweetness of the chicken with the heat of the mayo and crunchy cilantro on a soft bun is perfection!! Another winner from Diana Henry.

3 cloves garlic, minced
1 c soy sauce
1/4 c brown sugar
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
3 tbsp sesame oil
1 1/2 lb chicken tenders

1/4 c mayo
1 tsp gochujang
1 clove garlic, minced
Juice on one lime

Cucumber Salad:
3 persian cucumbers, sliced thib
1 carrot, shredded
1 shallot, sliced thin
1/4 c rice wine vinegar
1 jalapeno, minced

To serve:
Buns, hawaii rolls

Combine all ingredients for the chicken in a bowl and chill for 4 hours – overnight.

Combine all the ingredients for the mayo and set aside.

Toss all the ingredients for the salad, set aside.

Heat a large skillet over high heat, add the chicken and 1/4 of the marinade. Cook turning the chicken several times until golden and Cooke through.

Spread the mayo on the buns, top with the chicken and cilantro. serve cucumbers on the side.

Serves 4 – 6.

Jose Andres Gazpacho

Wow! So simply so easy so tasty – Jose Andres is a master! This needs to sit in the fridge overnight to get the full flavor.

1 1/2 lb of tomatoes
2 persian cucumbers
1 green pepper
1 clove garlic
1/4 c olive oil
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
1/2 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a blender and purée till smooth. Chill overnight.

Blend before serving and drizzle with a little olive oil.

Serves 4.