Sesame Peanut Cucumber Salad

August 14, 2013

Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.

Today: The salad you'll want to eat the rest of the summer.

Sesame peanut cucumber salad from Food52

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WHO: Bob Vivant is a writer, recipe developer, and photographer in Chicago who strives to make cooking fun and approachable.

WHAT: The salad you'll want to eat the rest of the summer.

HOW: Slice your cucumbers and radishes, toss with dressing, and top with sesame seeds.

WHY WE LOVE IT: This is a no-cook recipe that's far from being bland -- and it doesn't ask much of you on a steaming-hot summer day. Eat piles of it, straight-up, for lunch -- or serve it for dinner with fish, chicken, or pork.

Seasame Peanut Cucumber Salad by Bob Vivant

Serves 2 to 3

1 large cucumber, thinly sliced
1 large or a few small radishes, cut into matchsticks
1 fresh hot red chile pepper, diced (remove the seeds for a milder salad)
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated or finely minced
1 lime, zest and juice
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
2 tablespoons salted and roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
Fresh Thai basil, mint, or cilantro or a combination of them, chopped

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Photo by James Ransom

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Dina M. August 15, 2013
as luck would have it, it is farmer's market day in Nyack today! Making this ASAP.
dina.dunkelman August 15, 2013
Minus the fish sauce and the honey, I'd love to to make this!
TheFarmGirlCooks August 14, 2013
Wow! This looks amazing - I can't wait to share the recipe with my farm's CSA members! Thank you!
Midge August 14, 2013
Congrats BV. Sounds totally addictive.
dymnyno August 14, 2013
This is a real keeper...I will be making this for a few months to come!