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OK – kiddies! Product review time! My first ever!! My Spiral Slicer was gifted to me for the purpose of review & I won the tabletop one in a contest. So – they were both free for me. The Paderno one with the cookbook (below) retails for about $50.
My Spiral Slicer (above) retails for about $14.
I decided to try this Sweet & Spicy Spiralized Cucumber Salad to experiment with both devices.
I tried the table-top one first – because I was very excited about it. It comes with different blades to achieve different stylized veggie results. I am embarrassed to report that I could not get this to work at all. I felt too inept & stupid & I was making the salad for a Memorial Day BBQ & I was in a hurry & frustrated and, I must confess, perhaps did not give this beauty the proper patience. But – the instability of the item kept giving me visions of my fingers being spiralized & I could never seem to get the cucumber to line up right with the blade. Exasperated – I moved on to the hand-held gadget.
My results with this bad boy were immediate & satisfying. I just stuck the cucumber in there & twisted & cucumber noodles just kept pouring out. Clearly, this model does not have the versatility of the tabletop jobby – and it requires phallic-shaped veggies to twist into the vortex but – if zucchini or cucumber or carrot noodles are you primary aspirations – I say go with this guy. The price alone assures that you won’t overspend on a trendy device that just takes up room in your cabinets – because it also has the added advantage of its tiny, easy-to-store size.
I will return to the tabletop one on a day I am under less pressure & give it a more fair shot – and report back. Never fear!
The salad itself was a huge success. It is pretty & light & was a huge hit with my guest who loathes all things creamy – including dressings. “Now THIS is a salad!” he declared upon tasting it. It really is a yummy salad with the benefit of both a sweet flavor & a tiny bite of spice. And I am always a fan of ways to use arugula.
Vegan Sweet and Spicy Spiralized Cucumber Salad with Arugula & Cherry Tomatoes
4 large English (hothouse) cucumbers (less seedy)
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes – halved (I used heirloom)
2 large handfuls arugula
2 TBS Champagne vinegar or red wine vinegar
4 TBS olive oil
1 tsp (or more) crushed red pepper
1 TBS honey or agave nectar
1 orange – juiced
1/2 tsp garlic powder
S&P to taste
- Place a cucumber into the spiralizer, and follow the directions listed on the package until you have cucumber noodles. Repeat with the remaining cucumbers.
- To a large bowl, add all the cucumber noodles along with the tomatoes and arugula.
- In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients to make the dressing.
- Using a wire whisk, mix the dressing until all the ingredients are incorporated, and pour over the top of the cucumber noodles.
- Toss the cucumber noodles very well, making sure they are all coated with the dressing.
- Transfer to a serving plate, and serve immediately.