Cucumber Salad

by Jenn on May 2, 2009

in Dairy Free,Diabetic Friendly,Gluten Free,Salads,Vegetarian


I had purchased too much cucumber when I set out to make the gazpacho the other day, and so have been looking for a refreshing way to enjoy yummy cool refreshing cucumber.  I kept coming across various salads (like this one!) involving a simple quick preparation method using sesame, and decided to give it a try.  I ended up using this Asian Sesame Cucumber Salad Recipe from Chow, though I did add in some soy sauce (well, tamari cause soy sauce isn’t GF) as well.  Nice and basic, easy and quick.  Which is just the type of thing I was looking for.

I love the flavor of toasted sesame, and the sesame blends greatly with the cucumber.  It’s really just a great combination, so if you get a chance, do try it!

I never figured out why you need to soak cucumbers in salt water, or if that really makes much of a difference.  But I still did, just in case, ha.  If I ever find out or someone can answer that for me, I’d really like to know.


littlebluehen May 2, 2009 at 10:09 pm

It’s like salting and rinsing eggplant. I neglected to salt some cucumber before whirring it up for a sauce, and it was a watery mess. Whoops.

Housewifing May 3, 2009 at 9:24 am

Just stopping to say I love your blog (and I adore Michael Pollan’s philsophies too, so your subtitle is especially significant for me. The cucumbers look great :)

brannyboilsover May 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm

This is a nice change from the normal yogurt cucumber salad. Thanks!

Jerri May 4, 2009 at 1:59 pm

this is a great idea for an asian side dish! i usually just mix my cucumber with tomatoes, onions and vinegar. this looks like a great idea to use it in a different way.

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