nutritional information

Per 1/2-cup serving:

  • Calories: 24
  • Protein: <1 g
  • Total Fat: <1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 279 mg
  • Fiber: <1 g
  • Sugar: 2 g

Pungent Cucumber Salad with Black Sesame and Ginger

Serves 6

30 minutes or fewer

“The first time I had this dish it was a revelation of flavors because I’d never really cared for cucumbers before,” admits Dale Kent. You can also add shredded carrots with soaked, washed wakame. Serve over a bed of lettuce or arugula—the sauce will dress the greens. Recipe adapted from Tassajara Dinners & Desserts by Dale and Melissa Kent.
  • 1 lb. cucumbers, thinly sliced (3 cucumbers)
  • ⅓ tsp. salt
  • 4 Tbs. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. mirin or ½ Tbs. sugar
  • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • ¼–½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. toasted black sesame seeds

1. Sprinkle cucumbers with salt; let drain in colander over bowl at least 10 minutes. Mix together vinegar, soy sauce, mirin, ginger, and red pepper flakes.

2. Give cucumbers final gentle squeeze to remove more water, dress with vinegar mixture, and toss together with sesame seeds. Chill before serving.

September 2009

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Beautiful, delicious and simple. I like sweet zing and subtle heat of the dressing so much that I frequently make it (rice vinegar through red pepper flakes) with the addition of a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil and use it for a dressing for green salads or toss it with soba noodles, carrots and cucumbers (vegetables cut into matchstick size pieces)for a cold noodle salad sprinkled with the sesame seeds.

Denise - 2009-12-10 16:45:48

We loved this salad! Beautiful thin slices of cucumber with the bite of red pepper flakes and ginger. Different from any cucumber salad I've had. Even my 86 year old mother liked it!

Joyce - 2009-10-21 13:49:04

We really liked it. It was spicy and delicious.

Another Beth - 2009-09-30 16:29:41

This salad has a very unique flavor. The ginger is very sharp and spicy. It was interesting but it wasn't a hit.

Beth - 2009-09-21 12:10:52

Yum! With wakame, this is amazing!!

Jessica - 2011-09-03 18:47:16