Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Spicy Kani & Cucumber Salad

Spicy Kani & Cucumber Salad
I love going out for sushi, and I do leave certain things to the professionals, re: anything involving raw fish!  Kani on the other hand isn’t raw!  You can make this extremely cost effective, and easy by using Krab, yes that’s crab with a “K!” You’ve seen it in most California rolls and have never really thought about it, so don’t start thinking about it now! You can also use real crab meat if you want to but that will steeply effect the cost, and most people won’t notice the difference! If you don’t have a spiralizer, get one, no but seriously, great investment, super helpful for so many things (think curly fries, or ya know cucumber salad!) but if you don’t have one you can easily thinly slice the cucumbers and toss them with the dressing.  Having a stocked pantry makes this recipe even breezier but if you don’t have an ingredient none are super expensive and are all multi taskers!  This makes a great lunch the next day if you package It in a Tupperware with separate compartments!

2 seedless cucumbers, spiralized on the small setting, or thinly sliced
6 Krab sticks, shredded, peel the like string cheese
2 tbsp. mayonnaise (low fat or regular)
1 tsp. Srirracha (or more if you like spicier)
1 tsp. soy sauce (low sodium if possible)
2 tbsp. seasoned rice wine vinegar
4 big shakes (about a tsp.) of sesame oil
3 tbsp. sesame seeds (optional)
4 tbsp. panko bread crumbs (optional)

Spiralize or slice your cucumbers and set aside on a clean tea or dish towel, or paper towels.  This will help your salad from being too wet. 
In a medium size bowl, combine your mayonnaise and srirracha, add approximately 1 tsp. of soy sauce to thin out the dressing.  Add the krab and toss gently to coat with the dressing.
In another mixing bowl add the sesame oil and rice wine vinegar and whisk together. 
If you are doing the optional toasted sesame seeds and panko (I like texture!) get a nonstick frying pan and add the panko and sesame seeds and stir around as they toast over a medium flame. 
Plate the krab on top of the cucumber salad and finish with the panko and sesame seed mixture.

This makes three generous appetizer servings or two entrĂ©e servings in my opinion.  125 calories per serving (approximately) and about $1.50 per serving can you really beat that!? Healthy, affordable and easy.  If you want to use real crab meat this will surely increase the price point of your meal but if you can do it, why not!

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