Sesame-Crusted Salmon with Ginger Vinaigrette
- 4 small cucumbers, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
- 4 (1-inch-thick) salmon fillets (about 1 1/2 pounds)
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
- 4 small cucumbers, thinly sliced
- Ginger Vinaigrette
- Garnish: fresh mint sprigs
- Process 4 cucumbers in food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Pour through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding pulp.
- Stir 1/2 cup vinegar and salt into cucumber liquid; set aside.
- Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring often; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in cucumber liquid mixture; set sauce aside.
- Stir together soy sauce and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl; brush over salmon. Place salmon in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan; sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Bake at 450° for 10 to 12 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.
- Divide cucumber slices among 4 shallow bowls. Spoon cucumber sauce onto cucumbers and top with salmon fillets; add fresh mint sprig to each bowl, if desired. Serve with Ginger Vinaigrette.
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