Sweet & Tangy Cucumbers

If I see yet another flake of snow this year, I’m going to scream. Pittsburgh was hit pretty hard with several major snow storms and it has been months since I’ve seen something other than white in my front yard.

With the official day of spring just around the corner, I’m starting to look for simple recipes that bring out the freshness of the ingredients. What better way to start my spring flavors trend than with a light and refreshing cucumber salad. Unlike my Cucumber and Red Pepper Salad, this version offers a wonderful hint of spice. Plus, the splash of sesame oil offers a wonderful hint of nuttiness.

I couldn’t help but share with you how happy I am with the picture. It’s amazing you can see the light ridges on each cucumber slice that was created by my new mandolin. The picture screams clean, modern and succulent to me.

Sweet & Tangy Cucumbers
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Recipe Type: Salads
Serves: 4 people
  • 1 seedless cucumber, partially peeled
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbl. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • pinch of salt
  1. Thinly slice the cucumber and place in a medium mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and toss until well coated. If this is made in advance, be sure to toss before serving. Serves 4 people as a small side salad. Also, can easily be doubled.
Author's Note
Adapted from Cuisine Tonight Menus Magazine.

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  • I never think of that dish until summer – I have it almost on a daily basis – so low in calories and so fricken good!

    Thanks for the reminder – and to rub it in, all the midwest snow is melted!! Oh, but we have snow in the forecast for the weekend even though the high today is 60 degrees!

    Gotta love Chicago!

  • One of my favorite snacks is cukes with some toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, sesame seeds, salt, and a little salt and fresh pepper. Glad to hear that I’m not the only one appreciating similar recipes. Thanks – can’t wait to try this!

  • I tried this last night and it was pleasant enough, but some of the measurements seem wrong-ish. There was a lot of sugar and too much vinegar leaving lots of liquid after all the salad was gone and the quarter spoon ingredients hardly felt.
    Next time I’m going to try a version with half the sugar and vinegar and twice the amount of small ingredients.