A Perfect Summer Cucumber Salad Recipe

What I love about this recipe is that it is simple.  Are you seeing a theme here on my blog?  The simpler and less time it takes to make food, the better.  Without sacrificing taste, of course!  This cucumber salad is just PERFECT for summertime.  It’s light, sweet, tangy, oh and duh… HEALTHY!  🙂  Can it get any better than that?  I could seriously never get sick of it.  It’s just the perfect side dish to go with any hearty meal.  Here’s a rough outline of the ingredients and amounts I use (adapted from Allrecipes), hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar / rice vinegar (i actually like to do half white and half rice vinegar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes / korean pepper powder(more if you like it spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (I used toasted sesame seeds)
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 green onion, sliced
  • 1/2 carrot, julienned

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together vinegar / rice vinegar, black pepper, red pepper flakes and sugar.
  2. Heat sesame oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in sesame seeds, and reduce heat to medium. Cook until seeds are brown, about 5 minutes. (If using toasted sesame seeds like me, there is no need to heat it up, just add sesame oil to it.) Stir seeds into vinegar mixture. Mix in cucumber, green onions, and carrot. Cover, and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. I think it tastes even better after 24 hours of marinating together!

What are some of your favorite summer side dishes?

23 Comments

  1. June 22, 2011 / 10:58 pm

    yum. will definitely try this!

  2. June 22, 2011 / 11:23 pm

    I’m going to make this tomorrow!!! sounds and looks delish! thanks sandy!!

  3. June 22, 2011 / 11:37 pm

    I am the same way if you havnt noticed. Haha! This looks delicious!!!

  4. June 23, 2011 / 4:14 am

    looks so yammy! i’ll def try it!

  5. June 23, 2011 / 5:21 am

    wow that sounds delicious! I love cucumber salad in the summertime 🙂

  6. June 23, 2011 / 7:38 am

    Looks yummy! I’m always looking for light and easy summer recipes 😉

  7. June 23, 2011 / 8:06 am

    you had me at pepperflakes and sesame oil. haha. sounds yummy!

  8. jen@odbt
    June 23, 2011 / 9:42 am

    Drooling over my keyboard. Looks so delicious!

  9. June 23, 2011 / 10:09 am

    I’m loving cucumbers this summer. Do you like filed or English best?

    I love avocado anything as a side.

  10. June 23, 2011 / 1:41 pm

    That looks amazing!

    I really love to make italian pasta salad in the summer! Cool and yummy!

  11. June 23, 2011 / 4:51 pm

    Okay that looks delish!

  12. June 23, 2011 / 6:37 pm

    this looks so yummy and so simple! i def will be trying it for sure! 🙂

  13. June 23, 2011 / 8:20 pm

    This looks delicious. I will have to keep this in mind for summer time. At the moment all I want is comfort food with this cold weather. x

  14. June 23, 2011 / 11:03 pm

    oh mouth is watering now. i need to try this!

  15. June 24, 2011 / 7:24 am

    that look so healthy and yummy my new facebook friend!!! I’m going to try this recipe this summer!

    Have a great weekend!

  16. June 24, 2011 / 6:13 pm

    Sandy, this salad looks so yummy! Oddly, I’ve never really focused on side dishes, though my great uncle’s coleslaw is present at every summer family gathering. That’s a must.

  17. June 24, 2011 / 9:30 pm

    that looks really good, may have to try that soon.

  18. Octavia Harison
    April 25, 2013 / 5:06 pm

    A few varieties of cucumber are parthenocarpic, the blossoms creating seedless fruit without pollination. Pollination for these varieties degrades the quality. In the United States, these are usually grown in greenhouses, where bees are excluded…^

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