This Asian-inspired cucumber salad is an easy way to use up fresh cucumbers, and makes a delightful summertime side.
3 1/2 cups (1/16-inch-thick) slices English cucumber (about 1 large)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons minced green onions
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
How to Make It
Combine cucumber and salt, tossing well. Let stand at room temperature 20 minutes. Drain and squeeze dry.
Combine cucumber, onions, rice vinegar, sugar, crushed red pepper, and sesame oil. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Use a mandoline or food processor to slice the cucumber uniformly thin. Salting the cucumber causes it to wilt and draws out excess moisture. It also gives the dish a pickled quality similar to kimchi, Korea's spicy and pungent fermented cabbage condiment.
I pureed this so my infant could eat it too. Because I didn't need to wilt my cucumber, I only used 1/4 of the salt and did red pepper flakes to taste. It was still excellent and my little guy loved it!!
This salad is sooo yummy! The flavor reminds me a little of that delicious seaweed salad you get at a japanese restuarant. In fact, I may even try the dressing on some seaweed. I made this exactly as directed. I would make this again!