Cucumber

Cucumber Salad With Magic Spice Blend

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July  1, 2018
Photo by Julia Gartland
Author Notes

With a touch of spiky lime juice and a Salt Bae throw of my Magic Spice Blend, this tastes not unlike cucumbers with Tajín. Addictive, in other words. Plus, it's a three-ingredient salad when you need it the most (on busy weeknights like tonight). —Eric Kim

Test Kitchen Notes

Featured in: My Lip-Smacking BBQ Ribs & the Secret Spice Blend That Makes Them Sing. —The Editors

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Serves 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into medallions
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Magic Spice Blend, recipe follows
  • Magic Spice Blend
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika (you can use regular sweet paprika if you don't like the taste of smoked)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed, crushed in the palm of your hand
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. On a large plate, lay the cucumber slices in a single layer.
  2. Sprinkle over the lime juice and 1 teaspoon of the Magic Spice Blend.
  1. Magic Spice Blend
  2. Spoon all of the ingredients into a Mason jar and shake.

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Eric Kim is the Table for One columnist at Food52. Formerly the managing editor at Food Network and a PhD candidate in literature at Columbia University, he is currently working on his first cookbook, to be published by Clarkson Potter in Spring 2022. His favorite writers are William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway, but his hero is Nigella Lawson. You can find his bylines at Saveur, Bon Appétit, and The New York Times and follow him on Twitter @ericjoonho. Born and raised in Georgia, Eric lives in a tiny shoebox in Manhattan with his dog, Quentin "Q" Compson.