Sesame Cucumber Salad

Cooling cucumber salad, perfect for hot days and late night snacks. Cucumber chunks, tossed with sesame oil, seasoned rice vinegar, and chili flakes.

Sesame Cucumber Salad
Elise Bauer

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

Prep Time 7 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Servings 2 to 3 servings

Add some thinly sliced basil as an option, Thai basil or Vietnamese basil works best, though regular Italian basil works too!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sized cucumbers (about 1 lb total)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons toasted (dark) sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar

  • 6 basil leaves, thinly sliced (optional)

  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Method

  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, basil (if using), and chili flakes. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds if using.

Sesame Cucumber Salad
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
50 Calories
3g Fat
5g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 3
Amount per serving
Calories 50
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 355mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 203mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.