Food For Your Skin: Prawn & Cucumber Noodle Salad

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Food For Your Skin: Prawn & Cucumber Noodle Salad

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Any foods that contain a high concentration of water is always good for your skin. Cucumbers although are mostly water, they help keep your body and more importantly your skin hydrated and glowing. This recipe is light and perfect for a nice summer dinner. Not only is it simple, but it’s always fun to spice up your recipe book and throw something new in the mix.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small cucumber
  • 2tbsp dried wakame (seaweed) pieces
  • 100g (3½ oz) soba noodles
  • 250g (8oz) cooked, large prawns, peeled and deveined
  • 1tsp nori (seaweed), to serve
  • Sesame seeds, to serve

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • ½ tsp dashi granules
  • 4tbsp Japanese rice vinegar
  • 3tbsp mirin (rice wine)
  • 1tsp soy sauce
  • 2tsp chopped ginger
  • 1tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp sesame oil

METHOD

  1. Halve the cucumber lenthways, scoop out the seeds, then use a vegetable peeler to cut it into long, thin strips. Place in a colander over a bowl, sprinkle with salt and leave for at least 10 mins.
  2. Meanwhile, soak the wakame in cold water for 5 mins; it should be rehydrated and glossy but not mushy. Drain. Rinse the cucumber and squeeze out as much water as you can.
  3. To make the dressing, mix the dashi granules with 1tsp hot water and stir until dissolved. Add the rice vinegar, mirin, soy sauce, ginger, sugar and sesame oil, then mix until combined.
  4. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, then add the soba noodles. Cook on a medium heat for 4 mins, then drain.
  5. Combine the noodles with the prawns, cucumber and wakame. Toss in the dressing. To serve, sprinkle with the nori and sesame seeds.

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