Make Ahead

Chinese Cucumber Salad

June  8, 2010
2 Ratings
  • Prep time 25 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This great side dish is adapted from Too Many Tomatoes, by Lois Burrows and Laura Myers, published in 1976. When I had a vegetable garden, this cookbook was my Bible. It is full of great recipes that address the wonderful problem of what to do when you are faced with an abundant crop and need fresh ideas for bringing all those beans, carrots, and - yes - cucumbers - to the table. Over the years I have made substitutions and reduced the amount of salt. Kids and adults all love this refreshing and easy to assemble salad. The recipe can be easily doubled, or even tripled, and it travels well. —Bevi

What You'll Need
  • 3-4 six-inch cucumbers, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, or red wine vinegar, or unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons good, low sodium soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons honey, or agave, or cane sugar
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt
  • 3-4 splashes Tabasco, or your choice of hot sauce
  1. Cut the peeled cucumbers in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a spoon.
  2. Slice cucumbers 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Mix all other ingredients thoroughly; pour the marinade over the cucumbers. Let stand for at least 6 hours before serving. I often make the cucumber salad in the evening and serve the next day.

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Recipe by: Bevi

Cooking is an important part of my past. I grew up and worked on our family resort. These days, I cook good food to please my friends and family.

2 Reviews

lapadia June 8, 2010
I own this same cookbook Too Many Tomatoes..etc., we have a large garden in the Pacific NW; I am writing to second the opinion that this book definately comes in handy at harvest time!
Bevi June 9, 2010
It also comes in handy when you get a CSA pickup that is heavy on a particular vegetable!