Japanese Cucumber Salad with Toasted Sesame Seeds



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Easy as can be and a nice side dish for sushi-themed meals.  I bought about 2lbs of gorgeous ahi today so brace for the sushi recipes!



Japanese Cucumber Salad with Sesame Seeds


2 cucumbers (I used regular ones)

2 TBS sesame seeds (I used 1 each of black & white)

6 TBS rice vinegar (or more – to taste)

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp toasted sesame oil

2 tsp sesame oil (or just 3 tsp sesame oil if toasted is unavailable)

4 TBS scallions sliced thin & diagonally

2 TBS mint – chopped finely

S&P to taste


In a dry frying pan, toast the sesame seeds – shaking the pan a lot & being careful not to burn them – until they begin to golden – about 4 minutes.  Set aside to cool.


Shave stripes into your cucumbers by peeling portions & leaving others with the skin on.

Halve them & scoop out the seeds.  Using the finest blade setting on your mandolin or other slicer or with a knife – slice the cucumber into slices as thin as you can muster.  Put in a colander & toss with 1 tsp salt & let drain for 10-15 minutes.


In a bowl – whisk the rice vinegar with the sugar & sesame oils.  An another bowl, toss the drained cucumber with the sliced scallions, mint and toasted sesame seeds.  Add the vinegar mixture & toss again.  Add S&P to taste.  Serve immediately.



5 thoughts on “Japanese Cucumber Salad with Toasted Sesame Seeds

  1. Christine — holy moly this rocked. My big guy and little girl were in the kitchen cooking up a mom-day dinner and this was on their secret menu (her restaurant name: “Hotel of the Butterfly”). And I inhaled this in the most un-ladylike fashion along with their homemade pesto. This tastes like summer 🙂


  2. Christine.. It’s been a hundred years since we made mud pies, easy bake oven food, and fed squirrels in my backyard, but your recipes are helping me lose the weight that the doctors in all their infinite wisdom put on me thanks to prednisone and lots of weird diagnoses. The joy of these recipes makes the food I never thought I’d love really easy, and really just damn loveable. Thanks dollface! (catheb )


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