Cubed Cuke Summer Salad (with Tofu)

My good friend & loyal reader Jackie sent this information about cucumbers from Conscious Life News, so I am passing it along with a simple cuke recipe.

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1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. For a pick me up in the afternoon… Put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours. Slice some and put in your water bottle.

3. If you rub a cucumber slice along your bathroom mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Place a few slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries by European trappers, traders and explorers for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

Note: I highlighted important areas in BOLD.

Cubed Cuke Salad
(With or Without Tofu)

Utensils: Cutting board & knife, bowl for serving, small bowl for mixing dressing if making your own
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: None!
Categories: Vegan, GF, NSA


one large (organic cucumber)
red onion slices
(black) sesame seeds


Your favorite salad dressing  OR
1/4 c. Sesame oil with lemon juice (1/2 lemon) a dash of tamari soy sauce, salt & pepper to taste


1. Wash and peel (or not) the cucumber (Mine was organic, but the skin was not tender, so I peeled stripes along the length of the cucumber so the peel would not be as great as an unpeeled cuke.)

2. Cube of dice the cucumber into a bowl. Slice 2 or three pieces of a red onion thinly, then cut the slices crosswise into smaller slivers.

3. Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl and pour over salad and toss. Add sesame seeds (I used black) and serve.

Variation: For added protein, dice tofu into bowl before adding dressing. Extra-firm tofu is best.  You may also use the flavored tofu available inmost stores and can pick your flavor: Italian, Asian, etc. It is more flavorful than plain tofu,but also more expensive.


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2 Responses to “Cubed Cuke Summer Salad (with Tofu)”

  1. Paula says:

    Amazing cucumbers!

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