Cucumber salad tossed with a dressing made from tahini paste and lemon.
Any variety of cucumber can be used in this salad. You'll want to peel the varieties with thicker peels. Thin-peel varieties can usually be left peel-on.
- 1 1/2 pounds cucumbers, preferably thin-skinned such as persian cucumbers
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 3 Tbsp sesame tahini
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp warm water (or more depending on how thick your tahini is)
- 1/2 clove garlic, minced (about 1/2 teaspoon)
- Zest of a lemon
- 1/3 cup chopped red onion
- 2 Tbsp chopped mint
- 2 Tbsp chopped basil
- 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
- Salt and black pepper to taste
1 If the cucumber peels are thick or bitter, peel them. If not, leave them on. Slice the cucumbers lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a small spoon. Slice the cucumbers again lengthwise and then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch cuts.
2 Toss the seeded, diced cucumbers in a colander with the tablespoon of salt. Let drain in the sink while you chop everything else and make the dressing.
3 In a large bowl, mix the tahini, lemon juice and warm water until combined. Stir in the garlic, lemon zest and red onion.
4 Briefly rinse the cucumbers under cool water and pat them dry with paper towels in the colander. Add the cucumbers to the bowl with the dressing and gently toss to combine well. Add in the herbs. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Serve cool.