It's time for the Secret Recipe Club again! The SRC is a not so secret club where you're secretly assigned a blog every month to choose a recipe from. This month, I got Little Bit of Everything. Julie's got lots of tasty eats - Bubble Up Pizza, Basil Pesto Chicken, and Five Spiced Chicken Breasts with Hosin Sauce, for example. I chose to make the Chinese Cucumber Salad. With the hot summer weather, who doesn't want a refreshing side or snack? I've made a few different versions of this cucumber salad before, for example Seaweed Cucumber Salad, Sesame Cucumber Salad, and Sweet and Tangy Cucumber Salad. One difference I noticed with Julie's recipe was soaking the cucumber in a brine solution first. So, I thought I'd try her version and see what the difference was. All in the name of experimentation! Honestly, I'm not sure if I'll use the brine next time. Aside from just taking a while, it made the cucumbers really salty. If you go with the brine soak, I'd recommend rinsing the cucumbers really well afterward and decreasing the amount of soy sauce used. However, aside from the saltiness, we really liked this cucumber salad. The bit of chili pepper played well against the coolness of the cucumbers, and the sesame added just a bit of nice flavor.
Yield: 4 servings
|270 grams||9.5 ounces||1||cucumber, sliced and quartered|
|1 tablespoon||sesame seeds|
|1 tablespoon||red wine vinegar|
|1 tablespoon||soy sauce|
|1 teaspoon||sesame oil|
|1 teaspoon||chili pepper flakes|
- Gather all materials.
- Dissolve salt in enough water to cover cucumber by about 1 inch. Soak for about 30 minutes, then rinse well and drain. A salad spinner may be helpful here. (optional)
- Combine all materials and mix.
Methods with Images:
|1. Gather all materials.|
|2. Dissolve salt in enough water to cover cucumber by about 1 inch. Soak for about 30 minutes, then rinse well and drain. A salad spinner may be helpful here. (optional)|
|3. Combine all materials and mix.|