This cucumber salad is partly inspired by Sunomono Salad, a classic Japanese side dish, and by Pipino Salad, a classic Filipino dish. Both versions are made with cucumber, vinegar, and sugar. The cool cucumber and the sweet and sour flavors of the dressing create a clean, refreshing salad that goes great with grilled meats, fried fish, and even steamed or sauteed shrimp. Perfect for the warm weather days ahead!
Now, when it's a hot day, you don't really want to spend a lot of time on a labor-intensive side dish. You want to be able to whip up something right away, so you can eat right away. With that in mind, you'll be happy to hear that there are less than 10 ingredients in this salad: pickling cucumbers, rice vinegar, sesame oil, grated ginger, sugar, salt, pepper, and sesame seeds.
Then, simply slice into 1/4 inch-thick rounds.
Combine the cucumber slices and all of the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Lightly toss to completely coat the cucumbers. Marinate for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving.
This can be served on the same day, or you can store it in jars to be enjoyed throughout the week. The slices keep their crunch well, and their sweet-and-sour punch just gets better and better. The salad also has a fragrant, zesty bite from the freshly cracked pepper and the ginger.
Serve this cucumber salad at your next backyard barbeque, or pack it up and bring to a picnic at the beach or park! Enjoy it all Spring and Summer long :)
Cucumber Salad (makes approximately 4 cups)
5-6 Pickling Cucumbers
2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
1 tbsp Sesame Oil
1 tsp Grated Ginger
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Fine Sea Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Sesame Seeds
- Peel (if desired), and thinly slice the pickling cucumbers.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the cucumber slices, rice vinegar, sesame oil, grated ginger, sugar, salt, pepper, and sesame seeds. Lightly toss to completely coat the cucumbers. Marinate at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving. Or, refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Serve alongside bbq, teriyaki, or even sushi! Enjoy!