Cucumber and Fennel Salad with a Chinese Vinaigrette

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Author Notes: My business colleague came home from a recent trip to China, and told me the only fresh vegetables she had were cucumbers prepared in a vinaigrette that she guessed had rice vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, and some spicy heat. I was intrigued by her recipe because i thought that raw fennel would be an interesting addition to the dish. This salad is refreshing as a side, and is easily portable.Bevi

Serves 4

For the Salad

  • 4 small Persian cucumbers, very thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 fennel bulb, quartered, and then sliced very thinly with a mandolin
  • 1 tablespoon fennel fronds, chopped

For the Vinaigrette

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  1. Place the sliced cucumbers in a sieve and salt them. Allow them to sit and drain for an hour. Pat dry.
  2. Heat the sesame oil in a small pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the red pepper flakes. Stir for about a minute, and remove from the heat.
  3. Stir together the rice vinegar and the sugar, until the sugar is dissolved. Add the sesame oil. Blend thoroughly
  4. Place the cucumbers and fennel in a bowl. Add the vinaigrette and stir well. Place in the refrigerator and chill, stirring often.
  5. Serve as a side and enjoy.

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