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 Senior Editor and 'Table for One' columnist at Food52. Formerly the Digital Manager of FoodNetwork.com, he writes about food, travel, and culture and lives in a tiny shoebox in Manhattan with his dog, Quentin "Q" Compson Kim. His favorite writers are William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway.