Cucumber Noodles with Peanut Sauce-this gluten-free noodle dish is light, fresh, and healthy!
I kind of over indulged when we went to Disneyland. That tends to happen when we travel. I try to eat healthy when I can, but I also like to try new foods and splurge a little. Vacation isn’t vacation without a few treats here and there.
Last week it was back to reality…laundry, dishes, and my normal healthy eating and exercise plan. I may have snuck in a cookie or two, but it is all about balance:) I did create a killer healthy recipe for lunch one day, Cucumber Noodles with Peanut Sauce. Gluten-free, vegan, and oh so tasty! I am seriously in love with this recipe!
We make zucchini noodles all the time. They are a favorite at our house. I decided to mix things up a bit by making cucumber noodles. I used a mandoline to make the noodles. It is super easy. If you don’t have a mandoline, you can use a julienne peeler or spiralizer. I used seedless cucumbers so I didn’t have to mess with the seeds. I also left the peel on because the peel doesn’t bother me. You can peel the cucumbers before turning them into noodles if you don’t care for the peel. The noodles came out perfectly!
Josh wasn’t home during lunch time, so don’t worry, I didn’t try to kill him with the peanut sauce. It was just me and Caleb…and thankfully Caleb has no food allergies so I busted out the peanut butter to make a peanut sauce to go with my cucumber noodles.
I tossed the cucumber noodles and peanut sauce together. I garnished my noodle dish with crushed peanuts and freshly chopped cilantro. I sat down with a tall glass of water and enjoyed my healthy lunch in silence. Just kidding, my lunch was far from silent. Caleb was singing the Itsy Bitsy Spider and running around the kitchen in circles. At least I had good entertainment to go with my delicious lunch:)
Looking for a light and healthy recipe? Make Cucumber Noodles with Peanut Sauce! This noodle dish is so fresh and clean! It is a great recipe for spring, summer, and post vacation indulging:)
Cucumber Noodles with Peanut Sauce
For the Peanut Sauce:
- 2/3 cup creamy natural peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons gluten-free Tamari or soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons agave or honey
- 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
- Dash of red pepper flakes to taste
- 1/3 cup warm water
For the Cucumber Noodles:
- 2 large seedless cucumbers
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
- 1/3 cup chopped peanuts for garnish
- First, make the peanut sauce. In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, rice vinegar, Tamari, sesame oil, agave, and lime juice. Whisk until smooth. Stir in garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Whisk in the warm water until sauce is smooth.
- Next, make the cucumber noodles. Adjust the julienne blade on a mandoline to the 1/8-inch-thick setting. Carefully run a cucumber down the blade, slicing the cucumber to form noodles. Continue with the other cucumber. If you don't have a mandoline you can use a julienne peeler to make the noodles or a spiralizer.
- Place cucumber noodles on a plate or in a bowl. Drizzle with peanut sauce and toss gently. Top with cilantro and peanuts. Serve and enjoy!
- Note-for gluten-free make sure you use Tamari and for vegan make sure you use agave. You can substitute soy sauce for the Tamari and honey for the agave if you don't need the recipe to be gluten-free or vegan. We also had leftover peanut sauce!
Have you tried this recipe?
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cucumber noodles!! Such a great idea 🙂 Just got a julienne peeler so I will have to try this out for sure!
Peanut sauce is such a good idea for cool spring and summer salads! You could probably also try this with zucchini noodles! pinned
I looooove peanut sauce, and it sounds so good with cucumber noodles!
Oh! I always make zucchini noodles, but I’ve never tried using cucumbers! Peanut sauce is the greatest thing ever, so I am loving this light lunch! Pinned!
This is so light and fresh. Love it. Perfect for lunch when I’m home alone.
You are the healthiest pregnant woman around! You’re definitely an inspiration I will be turning to for my next pregnancy…the first one was a LOT of junk food and indulgences!
This is so lunch today! I’m going to add some tofu for extra protein and staying power.
Such a good idea! I love the peanut sauce 🙂
What a beautiful salad! LOVE peanut sauce 🙂
What a fun lunch to have. Definitely going to try this one out.
I have had SUCH A HARD TIME coming off my Winter eating habits…this would be such a great light lunch!!
What a light, cool and refreshing dish! Perfect for hot summer days!
Cracking up at your quiet peaceful lunch!!! 😉
I need a bowl of this before the weekend! Love the flavors!
I may just have to break out my mandoline for this!!!
Zucchini or cucumber noodles with peanut sauce is one of my fave meals! Love this version of noodles so much and peanut sauce is an automatic hit! pinned
This look so delicious! And exactly what I want in these warmer months.
Its hard not to indulge at Disney 😉 Actually…it’d be a shame not to hehe. This looks delicious. I’m always up for anything with peanut sauce
This looks AMAZING!!! I am going to try it today for lunch…. and can’t wait! Thanks for sharing!
I am so excited about this recipe Maria!! Looks wonderful!!
Definitely giving this a try! Looks fantastic!
This looks amazing! A perfect light lunch!
But Disneyland is a great place to over indulge. Love this light and refreshing recipe.
This is really a clever combination. I like the flavors and the unique use of the cucumbers.
Perfect dinner idea! I love peanut sauce!
This salad looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it! I make zucchini noodles all the time with my spiralizer; I don’t know why I never thought to use cucumbers!
I adore peanut sauce!! Love this meal!
I finally caught up with your Disneyland adventures–sometimes it’d be awesome to get more use out of my pass! As it is, I’m still waiting for my next chance to mosey over, but I think I’ll also celebrate the good things nearby in life by making some cucumber noodles 🙂 thanks for sharing
I just made the peanut sauce. It didn’t taste great. Going to let it marry over night, spiralize cukes in the morning and have for lunch. Stay tuned for results ! ; )
How did it turn out?
I knew I bought cilantro last night for a reason! Peanut sauce is pretty much my favorite sauce ever- after pesto, that is 🙂
My mom made this all the time when I was growing up!
What a refreshing salad idea… love it
I made the peanut sauce tonight and it tastes incredible. I doubled the recipe and it came out pretty watery, as in, too thin to put over shirataki noodles and tofu. I transferred the ingredients to a sauce pan and simmered it over medium low heat for a good 10 minutes, which did the trick. It’s just the right consistency, thick but not too thick. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
This looks like such a light, healthy and flavorful dish. I can imagine that the texture from the cucumber “noodles” must be so fun and crunchy. Looking forward to trying this!
This is AWESOME!! I love that you made cucumber noodles – how light and refreshing for summer!
Sounds yummy, but I definitely would not call that a meal. A side dish, maybe.
Ya know, I’ve never made zucchini noodles. Or cucumber noodles. I need to change that stat. Great recipe, Maria!
This sounds delicious! I would eat in moderation though. Splitting this recipe into 2 servings leaves each serving at over 700 calories. Yikes!
This really does look fresh and summery. I’m a big fan of courgette noodles – cucumber would be the perfect hot day’s alternative 🙂
I make this all the time with my spiralizer and its amazing !!!! Great recipe !!!
Just made this for lunch today. AWESOME! Used spiralized zucchini since that’s what I had and added some chicken for protein. The recipe made A LOT of sauce. I only ended up using 2 tbsp on mine, but glad to have left overs because I love peanut sauce.
Thank you for this great recipe. I have 8 cucumbers from my CSA this week and wondered what I could do with them. This will be perfect. Pinning it right now.
The sauce is absolutely delicious! Thank you!
I made this 4 times last week (not kidding – 4 times). This is my new favorite way to eat cucumbers. Actually, I’m planning to use the sauce to make a sort of slaw with angel hair cabbage, shaved red bell peppers and onions; can’t wait! Just outstanding.
You don’t need to heat up the cucumber noodles??
No, I like the cold!
This has become a family favorite. So light ,yet so satisfying.
We have this all the time now and just add chicken for a whole dinner meal, Love it!!
I’ve been making this recipe now for years and was craving it today. Thought I’d give a shout out as this cucumber dish is delish! I also use the same peanut sauce to dip spring rolls!