I am hosting weekend herb blogging this week! If you’d like to participate, you can find more information here.

My assignment for this month’s secret recipe club was to make something from a new-to-me blog: Cookaholic Wife. Nichole clearly enjoys cooking and baking all sorts of recipes, but this healthy cucumber salad caught my eye right away.

spicy cucumber salad

This recipe is really easy, and it’s such a flavorful way to prepare cucumbers. Nichole adapted her recipe from this Korean cucumber salad, and I went ahead and adapted it a bit more.

A mandoline makes light work of slicing the cucumbers thin (I use this one), but you might prefer to just cut your cucumbers into bite-size pieces. Seedless cucumbers would be great here, but I used the standard variety. I forgot to add the toasted sesame seeds, but do think they’d make a nice addition.

I used spring onions from our garden which are a little different from traditional green onions/scallions, but you can feel free to use whatever type is available to you.

I really enjoyed this, and look forward to making it again when I have homegrown carrots and cucumbers from my garden. Thanks to Nichole for turning me on to this great summer salad (which coincidentally is a perfect side dish for the Get Grillin’ with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuck, sponsored by Ile de France Cheese, Rösle, Emile Henry, Rouxbe and ManPans).

Recipe for Spicy Sesame Cucumber Salad

Adapted from Cookaholic Wife

Serves 2

Ingredients:

*2 medium cucumbers, preferably homegrown or organic, peeled and thinly sliced (I used a mandoline to slice my cucumbers)
*1 carrot, peeled and sliced into thin discs (I used a mandoline for this)
*1-2 tablespoons minced green onion (bottom parts only)
*2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
*2 teaspoons sesame oil
*2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
*1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
*a splash of tamari or soy sauce (or a pinch of sea salt)
*1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds for garnish- optional

Directions:

1. Place sliced cucumbers in a medium bowl. Allow to rest for 10 minutes or so, then pour off any liquid that's been exuded from the cucumbers.

2. Toss in the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Chill before serving, or enjoy at room temperature.

Spicy Cucumber Salad 2



 

32 Comments

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    Nichole — June 13, 2011 @ 5:39 am

    Your additions look great! I’ll have to try it your way. I’m so glad you liked it! =)

    • Winnie replied: — June 13th, 2011 @ 5:42 am

      I loved it…thanks Nichole!

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    Jeanette — June 13, 2011 @ 5:44 am

    Winnie, great choice for this month’s Secret Recipe Club! I love Korean cold cucumber salad and this version sounds delicious!

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    Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy — June 13, 2011 @ 5:58 am

    Looks like a yummy way to eat your veggies!

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    Dan — June 13, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    This is the second such salad I’ve seen recently, however, the addition of lime juice and maple syrup looks like it’d add a very unique flavour. I’ve got to try it!

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    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — June 13, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    Before I even started reading, I looked at the photo and thought, “Oh, that looks like Kim Chi! Yum!”. Kim Chi type salads are sooooo good for digestion. We love them ’round these parts. Beautiful photos.

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    Jason's BBQ Adventures — June 13, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    Great looking salad! Love the ingredients.

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    Barb S — June 13, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    OOO, that looks really delicious and different! And your photos are amazing.

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    LiztheChef — June 13, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    Terrific photos and a new summer favorite to try – I already know it is a “keeper”!

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    Valerie — June 13, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    This looks amazing. My cucumber vines are going nuts right now with tons of baby cucumbers, so I’m going to need all the cucumber recipes I can get. I can’t wait to try this one.

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    Kimmy @ Lighter and Local — June 13, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    Love this. I always have an abundance of cucumbers once my garden really gets going. I love using them this way! Thanks!

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    Tessa — June 13, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    I am getting a surplus of cucumbers from our garden right now, so this sounds perfect. Yum!

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — June 13, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    Perfect timing for me Winnie. I just got a delivery of organics Friday so now I’ve got the cucumbers, carrots and green onions and was JUST wondering what to do with a bit of abundance. This actually!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — June 13, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    This looks great! I can’t wait to start making a lot of fresh salads with all my veggies from my CSA bags. Great pick for SRC :)

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    Cookin' Canuck — June 13, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    What a colorful salad, Winnie. I love it when healthy, tasty dishes are also pretty to look at. Thanks so much for sharing it in our Get Grillin’ event!

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    sara — June 13, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    This looks fantastic! I’ve been so into cucumber salads recently – so fresh and summery. Yum! :)

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    Bizzy — June 13, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    Maple syrup – how wonderful. I love the recipe and I want to make it soon.

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    Katie @ This Chick Cooks — June 13, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    What a delicious sounding recipe with all those veggies. I never would have thought to add maple syrup. I’d love to try some of that yummy salad.
    Katie
    PS- I host a recipe swap every Wednesday and I’d love to have you if you get a chance.

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    cooking rookie — June 13, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    Great recipe choice! And the photos are so alive and light – beautiful :-)

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    judee@glutenfreeA-Z — June 13, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    What a great selection for Secret Recipe Club. I can’t wait to try it. I’ve been trying to eat mostly raw food lately and this will be a perfect recipe.

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    Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies — June 13, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

    I love Asian recipes and eating healthy so this sounds like just the thing for me.

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    Peggy — June 13, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

    I love the utterly vibrant colors of this salad! Definitely going to try it very soon!

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    Lisa~~ — June 13, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

    What a wonderful summer dish.

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    e l l a — June 13, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

    Just wanted to post a quick hello. I just found your blog and I absolutely love it.

    I linked you today to a post on my blog. Check it out:

    http://www.lifeologia.com/beauty-week-inside-out/

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    Tami — June 14, 2011 @ 1:21 am

    We are starting to pick cucumbers, too. Great way to put them to use! Looks like another great summer salad. :)

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    Shelby — June 14, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    Love this salad-and will definitely be trying it out soon. I love the maple syrup and red pepper flakes. YUM!

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    Sadhana — June 14, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    Lovely delicious bowl.

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    Kristen — June 14, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

    What a gorgeous salad. The combination of flavors is a definite yum!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — June 15, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    This sounds so good! A great side dish for summer – I’m going to try it! :)

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    Megan's Cookin' — June 15, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    I love cucumbers, the husband, not so much. For that reason, I dont do much with cucmbers. This recipe, however, is calling to me. The hubby can find some leftover side dish and I will be enjoying this one soon. I love the addition of maple syrup to sweeten it up.

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    Sanjeeta kk — June 18, 2011 @ 5:42 am

    Love this sweet and sour version of refreshing salad! Happy to be a part of SRC and get to know you :) You have a lovely space and am off to browse your recipes.

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