Sesame Cucumber Salad

Will someone please tell me why it is 60°F and drizzly, at the end of May, here in Sacramento? For my Memorial Day BBQ, we huddled around the fireplace, while the brave ones (or those more appropriately dressed for the weather) manned the grill. I don’t want to complain too loudly though, lest some of you enduring the heat wave that’s sitting on much of the country send those searing temps back towards us. We’ll get our share later, I can assure you. For those of you who do find yourself in stifling heat, and are looking for something cooling, I can recommend this cucumber salad, recipe courtesy of a certain tall, dark, and handsome Frenchman. (Thank you Guy!) It’s actually good any time of the year; we like it for a light late night snack while watching Poirot or the Pink Panther.

Sesame Cucumber Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2-3.

Make sure your sesame oil is fresh and not rancid. These oils can go rancid after a few months. Do a taste test before adding to the cucumbers; if it tastes off, don't use. If you want you can sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds on the cucumbers.



  • 2 medium sized cucumbers (about 1 lb total)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tbsp dark sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes


1 Peel the cucumbers. Cut them into quarters, lengthwise. (If the seeds are bitter, scrape out the seeds and discard.) Cut the cucumbers again, crosswise, into 1/2-inch thick pieces.

2 Place cucumbers into a serving bowl. Sprinkle with salt. Toss with sesame oil, seasoned rice vinegar, and chili flakes.

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  • donutty

    This sounds very much like a side dish my Korean mom makes. Tasty!

  • LaWanda

    I cannot wait to try this recipe. I love cucumbers, especially in salads.

  • Lisa

    I’m with you on the cold weather! I’m sitting here in a turtleneck and fleece hoodie. Last week, in Yosemite, with epic waterfalls, and a still-closed Tioga pass. At the risk of pushing my luck, I’m wishing for some summer temps.

  • Sarah

    Thank you soo much. I take only salads during lunch hour at office because you are automaticaly drawn towards something refreshing while living in Karachi with 66% humidity and 33 degree Celsius most of the time !

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