Wasabi Cucumber Salad
with an asian flair, this is wonderful as a first course or a side dish to tame the heat of spicier dishes.
- Ready In:
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dry wasabi powder (or to taste)
- 2 cucumbers or 1 English cucumber
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (or use black sesame seeds)
- Mix the wasabi with 1/2 teaspoon warm water in the bottom of a mixing bowl and let it stand for 5 minutes.
- Peel the cucumbers, cut each one in half lengthwise, and use a melon baller or spoon to scoop out the seeds. slice thinly widthwise.( if using english hothouse just cut in half lengthwise and slice thinly).
- Add the vinegar and sugar to the wasabi and whisk until smooth.
- Whisk in the sesame oil, salt and pepper. Just before serving, add the cucumbers, green onion, and sesame seeds to the dressing and mix well.
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Very nice, I cut the sesame oil in half (I thought it was fine with that amount and feared much more would be overpowering) and added just a splash of low sodium soy sauce. I just love a summer salad (so flavorful, btw) that won't spoil in the summer heat like a mayo based salad will. Thanks for sharing!
OOPS!!! Having just come back from a grueling 3 hour workout at the YMCA, I began throwing this recipe together to go with leftover brisket from this past Memorial Day Weekend. The key words here are: grueling workout & throwing. I was waaay too tired to try a new recipe. I wanted to triple the recipe & so should have used 4.5 TEASPOONS of Wasabi powder. Er, uh, hmmm would you believe 4.5 TABLESPOONS of Wasabi??? By the time I had the liquid mixed I realized I needed a great deal more veggies & began adding whatever I could find in the refrigerator. Orange & yellow bell pepper look terrific in this salad. More green onion? You bet! How about a Mexican jicama? Yep. Carrots? I have a suspicion that many other things would go well with this. Maybe frozen green peas? I may add that tonight. Needless to say, I have a HUGE salad. ROFL!!! And to top it all off, this stuff is TERRIFIC!!! Chia-girl, what a marvelous recipe. Thanks for posting it. I will make it again & again. Just in smaller quantities!!! 5 stars for the recipe. 1 star for the tired cook 8-P!!!