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Korean Cucumber Salad

Yield 8 servings (serving size: about 1/4 cup)
This Asian-inspired cucumber salad is an easy way to use up fresh cucumbers, and makes a delightful summertime side.

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutrition Information

  • calories 12
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 0.4 g
  • satfat 0.1 g
  • monofat 0.1 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 0.3 g
  • carbohydrate 2 g
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.1 mg
  • sodium 119 mg
  • calcium 7 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine cucumber and salt, tossing well. Let stand at room temperature 20 minutes. Drain and squeeze dry.

  2. Combine cucumber, onions, rice vinegar, sugar, crushed red pepper, and sesame oil. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Cook's Notes

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.