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Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles and Love and Lemons Cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian), Salads on May 14, 2016 at 8:52 AM

Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles from Love & Lemons Cookbook

Some unfortunate circumstances have forced me to take it easy. Rest, all day rest, is not something that comes naturally to me. However, yesterday the sun was bright, the air was warm, the birds were chirping and the chipmunks and squirrels ran around my backyard. The barking dog scaring the squirrel was not so peaceful, but it was an excellent environment for relaxing.

My garden has been filled with a few plants courtesy of my mom – red rhubarb, chives and garlic chives but I am still antsy to fill it up with more. I think it would be fun to work with perennials all in one garden, so asparagus will fit right in.


Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles from Love & Lemons Cookbook

I don’t think cucumbers are actually spring vegetables. They have at least 50-70 days to maturity, unless you grow small ones perhaps. But to me, they taste like spring. Here, in this dish, cucumbers are used as noodles (with the help of a spiralizer) but I also also kept some larger pieces for a textural contrast and crunch. They are combined with cold soba noodles, avocado and silken tofu in a bright sesame-ginger dressing. It reminded me of my early foray into Japanese cooking with my Chilled Soba with Baby Bok Choy, Spinach, Snow Peas and Tofu.

Love and Lemons

The recipe comes from The Love and Lemons Cookbookcreated by Jeanine and Jack who produce the blog by the same name, Love & Lemons. If there was one cookbook to get you excited about produce, this could be it. Simple yet elegant plant-based recipes (the cookbook is vegetarian but the majority of the recipes are vegan or easily veganizable [instructions are included]), they are listed based on the main fruit or vegetable.

Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles and Love and Lemons cookbook GIVEAWAY

Arranged from Apple to Zucchini, and filled with everything from Asparagus, Avocado, Eggplant and Potatoes, the vegetables I spot at my local farmer’s market are definitely included. Similar to the recipes they share on their blog, the recipes are simple but healthful. Creamy Miso Brussels Sprout Fettuccine, Carrot Ginger Grain Bowl, Shiitake and Spinach Miso Soup, and more, it makes me really excited for local produce!

Every recipe is accompanied by gorgeous photography, to boot. (see above)

Thankfully, the publisher allowed me to giveaway the cookbook to a reader living in Canada (sorry, my international readers!). To be entered in the random draw for the book, please leave a comment below telling me which local produce you are most excited for. The winner will be selected at random on May 30, 2016. Good luck!


Recipes from The Love and Lemons Cookbook spotted elsewhere:

Asparagus Edamame Salad with Tarragon

Avocado-Pesto-Mozzarella Tartines

Avocado Strawberry Caprese Salad

Berry and Mint Smoothie

Carrot Gazpacho with Lemongrass

Cashew and Caper Dill Spread

Coconut Rice with Brussels Sprouts

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Crispy Shiitake BLT Sandwich

Cucumber Basil and Watermelon Salad

Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Flatbread with White Bean Puree

Lemon-Roasted Artichokes

Mango and Daikon Glass Noodle Salad

Portobello Sliders with Pepita Pesto

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Cream

Spring Leek and Lemon Pasta with Mint Pistachio Pesto

Spring Onion Pizza

Spring Polenta with Radishes and Garlic Scapes

Vegan Carrot Waffles

Vegan Cherry French Toast

Vegan Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (with a US giveaway)

Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles from Love & Lemons Cookbook


PS. I am sharing this with Meat Free Mondays, Pasta Please, Eat Your Greens, and this month’s Extra Veg.

Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles
Reprinted, with permission, from The Love and Lemons Cookbook

1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 Tbsp low sodium tamari
1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
2 garlic cloves, minced or grated
2 tsp grated ginger
2 chopped thinly sliced scallions
12 ounces somen or soba noodles
1 large cucumber, julienned
2 tbsp sesame seeds

optional add-ins
snap peas, blanched for 1 minute
tofu cubes (I used fresh silken tofu)
sliced radishes
diced avocado
roughly chopped cilantro (my add-in)

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, tamari, oil, peanut butter, garlic, and ginger. Stir in the scallions.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare the noodles according to the instructions on the package, cooking until al dente. Drain, then chill the noodles in a bowl of ice water for about 1 minute. Drain, then add the noodles to the large bowl. Add the cucumbers and toss to combine. Add the snap peas, tofu, and additional vegetables, if using. Season with more soy sauce, to taste. Finish with a drizzle of sesame oil and psrinkle with sesame seeds. Chill until ready to serve.

Serves 4.

From The Love and Lemons Cookbook Copyright © 2016 by Jeanine Donofrio. Reprinted by permission of Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Photography credit: Jack Mathews

Note: I was given a copy of the cookbook from the publisher.  I was under no obligation to share a review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contest Rules: No purchase necessary. Contest period begins Saturday, May 14 2016 and ends Monday, May 30, 2016. For Canadian residents only. Approximate retail value US$35/CDN$35. Enter by writing a comment answering the prompt for a chance to win.  Entrants must supply a valid email address. Winners will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours.

  1. I’m pumped for local rhubarb to come to the farmers’ markets. I’m obsessed! ❤

  2. I hope your on the mend now Janet. Thanks for sharing this lovely green dish to #EatYourGreens this month, cucumbers are often overlooked as an ingredient in its own right. I am looking forward to tucking into rhubarb too, sadly my plant in the garden is not doing well, so it will have to be from the grocers.

  3. What a fresh, beautiful recipe! Perfect for the warmer months. Local strawberries are what I am excited about. I saw on Facebook that my local farm has them ready to pick early because it’s been so warm this spring so guess where we are going this weekend. I love strawberry picking don’t you?

  4. Hope you are feeling better! I am totally stalking everyone (no pub intended) for Rhubarb!! 🙂
    email: rainytuesdays [at] hotmail [dot] com 🙂

  5. Ahh, I’m not sure. It’s been a long winter, anything fresh and local sounds good to me! I love rhubarb, cucumbers, and berries. The rhubarb is getting pretty close in my garden, and it’s the first sign of true spring in my mind.

  6. Local asparagus and rhubarb always get me pretty excited: after a long winter with limited choice in terms of fresh, local produce, they truly mark the beginning of a new, bountiful season.

    This salad sounds delicious, and absolutely perfect for hot summer days. Thank you for sharing it!

  7. Curious to know what brand of spiralizer you use and if you like it. I have looked on Amazon and some of them look pretty cheaply made.

    • Hi Patty, I have the Benriner but I have heard good things about the Paderno one, as well. I like the Benriner because I can spiralize the whole vegetable – some of the don’t use the middle. It would be better for cucumbers, but honestly, I’d rather not waste it. https://www.amazon.ca/Benriner-BN7-Cook-Helper-Slicer/dp/B000BI6CZ8

      I actually tested the Microplane Spiral cutter for this recipe and do not recommend it. While it seems simpler, it was also harder to use (more manual dexterity needed) and wasted a lot more of the vegetable. Hope that helps!

  8. I am most excited for the local berries. Ontario gets some amazing berries in the summer!

  9. Ohhhh yeahhh…what a nice and refeshing recipe. And giveaway too, of course. Thanks for that giveaway Janet. It is so appreciated.

    I’m definitely most excited about the local strawberries. Ahhhhh…they are just too amazing and sooooooo delisious.

  10. I hope you’re feeling better. I’m excited that strawberries are ready and the farms are opening up this weekend.

  11. Such a beautiful dish and book! I’m so excited to start shopping at the local farmers market and my mum just planted some herbs, lettuce, and edible flowers on our deck that I can’t wait to dig in to!
    Hope you’re feeling better!!

  12. Can’t wait for local berries 🙂 Also lots of fruits and veggies in general for the summer!

  13. Arugula would be my pick except that local stores seem to consider them to be (and price them as) herbs or baby greens. Apparently parsnips are available in May although I have not seen them. So blueberries are my choice. I love them just popped into my mouth although I will put them into a bowl with yoghurt, with or without cooked oatmeal. I don`t make pies myself but this is the only fruit I like in a pie. I have strawberries, mulberries and elderberries on my property although I would really like blueberries!

  14. Can’t wait for asparagus. I try only to buy local so that means gorging for a few weeks in May/June.

  15. I’m excited for local strawberries… and cherries… and peaches. They always make imported fruit taste like cardboard.
    Thanks for the great recipe, as always!

  16. The mushroom man. I love his trumpet shrooms.

  17. This sounds so refreshing and delicious, thank you so much for sharing with Pasta Please 🙂

  18. Hi Janet! I hope you are feeling better. I recently moved to Vancouver, and I see blackberry bushes EVERYWHERE! I’m excited for the berries to appear, and also for all the summer farmers markets to return.

  19. I’m looking forward to strawberries and asparagus and tomatoes!

  20. I am so so excited for summer berries! Blackberries are my favorite, but I can easily eat tons of any berry.

  21. What a cool looking summer salad!

  22. […] pops up again, this time with Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles over at The Taste Space! She has been reviewing The Love and Lemons Cookbook written by Jeanine […]

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