Sweet and Sour Cucumber Noodles + Life Lately

Spiral Sweet and Sour Cucumber Noodles: spiralized cucumber noodle salad tossed in a yummy homemade and sour sauce and topped with toasted sesame seeds.

Sweet and Sour Cucumber Noodle Salad

Hi!!! Let’s play catch up!

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter B.


Buckets of blueberries. The berry picking season here in North Carolina is super short so I’ve made it my goal to pick and eat my weight in local blueberries. They’re a little less sweet this year due to a sunshine deficit and that’s exactly how I like them! It’s essentially nature’s version of Sour Patch kids. I’ll freeze some to bake with eventually but for now, they’re entering my face by the fistful!


How the eff does it grow so fast and how can I make it stop!?

Baby and Books

She’s all over the place and chatting up a storm lately.

Her new favorite word is “cat” which she squeals at Paul’s ginger kitty all day errr day. It’s super babified and sounds a lot more like shes saying “cake…”

Photo Credit: Hyperbole and a Half


I’m anxiously awaiting next week’s release of Ruin and Rising, the third and final installment of Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone series. The first book was entertaining, the second was AMAZING and the third? I need it. Yesterday.

I’m also butt-crazy in love with Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. It’s essentially my happy place in book form and already has a permanent spot on my nightstand out of sheer necessity. Crap day? All I have to do is read the goose chapter and I’m guaranteed a good pants-wetting belly laugh. I’ll probably end up purchasing the kindle version for travel because simultaneously crying, laughing and, peeing yourself on an airplane is the only way to fly.

Or at least I can hand my iPad off to the poor, unfortunate soul who winds up stuck next to hurricane Mia and I on the plane. She hit a man once. To be fair he gave my hot pink zebra jammie-wearing little gremlin the once over and sneered “HE’S not going to cry the whole flight is HE?” She high-fived him in the face. I had to bite my lip to stifle the laughter. I’m a terrible person.


I’ve had Vampire Weekend’s Step on repeat lately. I also find myself listening to Turn Down for What no less than 1000000 times a day because it makes the baby squeal, clap and shake her booty and well, I wouldn’t be able to be typing this right now if it weren’t for that song.

Play on playa’.

I’d add the music video to this post but then you’d have to deep-clean your eyeballs. It cannot be unseen. Google at your own risk.



I’ve done too many of these bad boys lately. On one hand, I want to throttle whomever came up with this ridiculous exercise but part of me kind of likes the abuse. My core is finally starting to strengthen a bit and I can kick up into a wall handstand which for me is pretty epic. I’ve been practicing for weeks and taken the floor to the face one too many times. Yes this means I’m still sipping slurping chugging the CrossFit kool-aid. I can’t help it; it hurts so good.

Bowls of YUM

Shush, you! I needed a B! Once I start playing the alliteration game I refuse to deviate! I’ve been eating bowl after bowl of cucumber noodles lately. They’re quick, easy, and ridiculously refreshing.

Whether it’s super simple…

Spiral Cucumber Noodles with Sweet and Sour Dressing // healthy and refreshing!

or has a bit more pizazz:

Healthy Spiralized Sweet + Sour Thai Cucumber Salad with Carrots, Chickpeas, and Cilantro!

I used the same sauce recipe for both batches.

I’ll include it below so you don’t have to jump through a rabbit hole of links!

Sweet and Sour Cucumber Noodles

When I’m feeling fiery I had a little sriracha chili sauce to the dressing.

Paul, however, adds a lot… and then runs circles around the room squealing and fanning his mouth. It’s awesome!

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Sweet and Sour Dressing



Yield 2 servings


  • 3 TBSP fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBSP white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt (plus extra, to taste)
  • 1/8 tsp dill (fresh or dried)
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp fresh minced garlic
  • 1/4-1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro, plus extra to garnish
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 2 TBSP rice vinegar
  • toasted sesame seeds and chia seeds for topping


  1. Whisk everything but the last three ingredients together and pour over noodles.
  2. Let them sit at room temperature to soak up all the yummy dressing or pop it in the fridge for later.
  3. Before serving, whisk together honey and rice vinegar and drizzle heartily over the noodles.
  4. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and/or chia seeds and a sprinkle of cilantro or chopped green onion.
  5. Crushed peanuts or cashews are great too! It's ridiculously easy to customize based on what you have available as well as what you prefer taste/topping-wise! Grab a giant English cucumber, a spiral slicer/veggie peeler, and go nuts!
  6. Serve at room temperature for maximum flavor.

Sweet and Sour Cucumber Noodle Salad

My Favorite Spiralizer Spiral Slicer

This post contains affiliate links; I love that book and spiral slicer like woah!

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  • Crissy

    These were super tasty! I used two English cucumbers and I loved the dressing. I served this with sushi and a salad! Perfect summer dinner! Thanks for the recipe!

    • So stoked you enjoyed it Crissy! This sounds like my dream dinner – sushi, salad, and cucumber noodles – heaven! 🙂

  • kathryn fitzgerald

    In the cucumber salad, it looks like the photo has green onions in it.
    Is that missing from your recipe?

    • Hi Kathryn! The recipe is just for the dressing itself, but I could write up the whole thing if you need it? I kind of wing the amount based on how much cucumber I want to scarf, lol! I add the dressing to spiralizied cucumber and top with green onion and sesame seeds 🙂 As much or as little as your heart desires!

  • I’ve meaning to try some cucumber noodles and these look amazing. I think this recipe be my first attempt. I love that it’s Paleo too!

  • Your pictures are stunning! I love the colors and clarity. I’m a new vegan and always looking for ways to change things up. I guess I could substitute the honey with a little sugar or agave nectar? I love how crisp and refreshing this looks. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Jenn

      Aw thanks Amy! Photography is my obsession, love learning more about it as I tinker! Agave would work great!

  • Hi!!

    What a fun, beautiful website! This recipe looks DELICIOUS, perfect for summer AND for a baby shower I’m throwing this Autumn!!
    I’m a pastry chef (In FL!) in the midst of starting my own business -so my attempts at blogging are lacking! LOL
    Can’t wait to read your other recipes!

  • Mine was so birthday cake yesterday. More specifically, for the husband. It was his birthday on Sunday and I just got around to making a super chocolatey cake yesterday. Delish. And seriously, if you figure out how to stop these babies from growing, TELL ME!!!

  • It’s gems like these that make me love you all the more: Play on playa’
    Beer: I want one. 🙂

  • Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Definitely plank-stagramming.

    It was delicious and I was tempted to tell my friends it was all down to my brain. Lucky they know me too well and knew I lack the creativity to do that….or the talent with a knife.

  • So I’m going to have to buy that book… and probably a spiralizer since I can’t seem to find one at and Bed Bath & Beyond by me… does that count as a B? 😉

  • Those biotches that plank for 5+ minutes? So on IG while they plank!!! I guarantee it! How was the salad apart from the finger assault!? Does it get Aussie approval?

  • Arman @ thebigmansworld

    I made your Thai cucumber salad a few weeks ago and nearly cut off my finger in the process. Thanks for that. it was a BI*!H to mend. That’s my B word for you.

    And burpees. Oh burpees. Whenever I had them on a workout circuit, I traded it for planking. When I say planking, I mean sitting on the mat on instagram.

  • They’re amazingly worth it 🙂 I have a huge book problem and had to put myself on a book budget last year because I ordered so many hardcovers I overfilled the bookcase and nearly blew up our amazon account. I think I read well over 100 that summer alone! #pleasehelpme #iloveit

  • Kelly @ Finding a Skinnier Me

    She is too cute! Love that tutu!

    Now you have convinced me to order the Bones and Shadow book and the really hilarious Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened book on my Kindle. Hopefully the husband won’t kill me since I am currently harboring 6 library books on my bedside table and a bunch more books other people gave me to read are hiding in my drawer to be read. I have a problem! 🙂

  • Why would I ever want to know more about such a torturous activity!? [Just kidding I’m totally reading it! Haha thanks Nicole!]

  • Liz Ford

    Bowl of cucumbers as well – sometimes noodles, sometimes sliced … but cucumbers … I can’t get enough of!

    And I LOVE your taste in books. Will be checking out the Leigh Bardugo series! I just finished God and Monsters, the last installment of Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. I’ve done my reflection and am ready for the new series 😉

  • Nicole

    Just you in case you don’t want to know a little bit burpee history 😉 😉 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/02/burpee-history_n_5248575.html

  • Thanks Rachel!!!! They are really hard for me too; it’s more like a full body faceplant than an exercise!

  • They’re FANTASTIC! Any which way!

  • She’s getting a ferret when she’s older. Done deal.

  • ahhhhh!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

  • Def try cucumber! You’ll love it! And the book is so funny I can’t help but read it every time I feel a bit down. The first time I read the goose story I cried so hard, laughing, that Paul thought I was drunk. Haha!

  • I’ve just amazoned that book purely on your recommendation. I hope it still registers the affiliate-link-thing, I had to transfer to Amazon UK.

  • Robyn :)

    BABY!!! I had one last week lol. A baby boy. And we call him Peanut (his name is really Jonathon).

  • Sprint2theTable

    You should totally buy her a kitten.

  • Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome

    Cucumber noodles!?! Why didn’t I think of that! I have a spiralizer but have only done zucchini and sweet potatoes. Cucumbers are definitely going to be making an appearance in our house soon!

    • Linda

      Where do I buy a spiralizer?

      • Jenn

        Hey Linda! I bought mine 4/5 years ago from amazon [The Paderno one – love it!] and they still sell them today. I think a few other kitchen stores sell them as well!

  • It has a similar fantasy element to it! You’ll like it! And yesssssss the third of the Smoke and Bone series is out!!!! It’s long but the perfect wrap up for the series! I’m in love with the story!

  • Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    Is Shadow and Bone anything like Smoke and Bone series? Did that third book come out yet either? I struggled through the first half of the first book, but quickly became addicted to that series too 🙂

  • It’s SO ADDICTIVE! The first of the Shadow and Bone series is a little slower than most because of all the world-building but once it picks up steam; ohmygosh! Book 2 had me running in circles afterwards dying for the next. You’ll have to keep me posted on your progress! It takes me forever to finish a book because it’s either sleep or read at night and I usually choose sleep but when one catches my attention…. eff sleep!

  • Julie

    Damn, I was just looking through Amazon books the other day and reminded I need to start that series so I can read the 3rd when it comes out. LAST. DAY. OF. SCHOOL tomorow! I cannot WAIT to be a SAHM again for a while – maybe then I’ll be able to read some!

  • Sharon Banton

    I shall give you a B! I took the baby boy (ya know, the 10 year old one) & the mama to the beach last week. We were in this lil town visiting my oldest friend, in Havelock 🙂 it’s near Craven and Morehead (not even joking lol )

  • Awesome. You are awesome =)

  • mmm i love blueberries lately! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  • Katie Arnold

    I too am loving the CrossFit kool-aid lately…to the point that I skipped my 5 mile run this morning for today’s WOD + an additional mile run…who am I?!

  • kim@hungryhealthygirl

    I’ve tried zucchini noodles, but never cucumber noodles. Love that idea for a light summer lunch! Besides my own children… you just may have the cutest baby EVER! 🙂

  • Ahhhh she IS getting so big, and she’s so stinkin’ cute! 🙂

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