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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Chinese Cumcumber Salad

As summer draws to a close and we're focused on those fall foods, I wanted to share one more recipe of summer. Many weeks our CSA bag included a cucumber or two. Looking for a new way to serve cucumbers, I found this recipe. If you like foods with an asian flair, you'll enjoy these. They're crisp and delicious. Be sure to soak them before marinating them in the dressing, it adds to their crispiness. These are best served the day you make them but will be okay the next day, after that they tend to get a little soggy.



Chinese Cucumber Salad
Recipe Courtesy of Kalyn's Kitchen

Ingredients:
4 medium sized cucumbers
2 T sea salt (for soaking water)
black sesame seeds for garnishing salad (optional but fun)
Dressing Ingredients: 4 T red wine vinegar
4 T soy sauce
3 T sugar
4 tsp. sesame oil
 1-2 tsp. Sriracha Sauce (or other hot sauce of your choice)
 Instructions: Peel cucumbers, leaving some of the peel on in stripes if they are fresh garden cucumbers. Cut each cucumber in half lengthwise, then use a spoon to scrape out the seeds. Cut cucumbers in 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick slices. Soak 30 minutes in salted ice water. (I used 2 T sea salt in the water.) While the cucumbers are soaking in the ice water, mix the red wine vinegar, soy sauce, sweetener of your choice, sesame oil, and Sriracha or other hot sauce to make the dressing. After 30 minutes, drain the cucumbers well, put them in a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid, and pour dressing over cucumbers. Let marinate 30 minutes in the fridge, turning the container over a few times. After 30 minutes more, drain the cucumbers, reserving a few tablespoons of the dressing. Put cucumbers on serving dish, drizzle over the reserved dressing, and sprinkle with black sesame seeds if desired.

I am linking this to On The Menu Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday and Foodie Friday.

13 comments:

  1. What a nice, easy vegetable dish. It's never too late for one more summer recipe!

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  2. I love this recipe!!! I get stuck making the same 2 cucumber dishes... this has expanded my cuke horizons!! Thanks for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY with Chinese cucumber salad!

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  3. Sounds very good. Always looking for a new veggie side dish. Great recipe.

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  4. I would love this, count me in for anything with Sriricha! Looks so good.

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  5. I'm not a HUGE cucumber fan but I think this dressing would get me to really love them!

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  6. Beautiful way to say goodbye to summer. I bet that Sriracha sauce gave to the salad the perfect kick!

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  7. I love how simple and light this salad is. I absolutely love cucumbers they are so refreshing...this is right up my alley! You have a wonderful blog and I am now following. Please do come visit soon. Blessings, Catherine

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  8. I love these cucumber salads

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  9. Hi Julie,
    I just love this salad, it is good any time of the year. Hope you had a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  10. This sounds excellent! I love all of those flavors too.

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  11. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great week end and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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