Start to finish: 25 minutes
4 cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and sliced very thin
3/4 cup of Creamy Roasted Garlic and Miso Dressing (recipe follows)
2 Thai chilies, stemmed, seeded, and minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts, chopped coarse (optional)
Spread cucumber slices evenly over paper towel-lined baking sheet and let drain for 15 minutes.
Gently toss cucumbers with dressing, chilies, mint, and basil in large bowl until evenly coated. Let salad sit for 5 minutes, then toss again. Season with salt to taste. Sprinkle with peanuts, if using, and serve immediately.
Creamy Roasted Garlic Dressing:
Makes about 1 cup
Start to finish: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Pair this dressing with sturdy greens. You will need about 2 tablespoons of dressing per 2 cups of greens.
3 large garlic heads (3 ounces each), outer papery skins removed and top third of head cut off and discarded
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
Salt and pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 F. Wrap garlic in aluminum foil and roast until golden brown and very tender, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Remove garlic from oven and carefully open foil packets. When garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze cloves from skins (you should have about 6 tablespoons); discard skins.
Process garlic, vinegar, water, honey, mustard, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in blender until smooth, about 45 seconds, scraping down sides of blender jar as needed. With blender running, slowly add oil until incorporated, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (Dressing can be refrigerated for up to 1 week; whisk to recombine before using.)
Creamy Roasted Garlic and Miso Dressing:
Omit thyme and pepper. Substitute rice vinegar for white wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon white miso for mustard, and vegetable oil for olive oil.
Nutrition information per serving with the garlic dressing: 165 calories; 96 calories from fat; 11 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 454 mg sodium; 14 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 4 g protein.
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