The Simplest, Most Refreshing Cucumber Salad in the World

This one came to us over the airwaves, via my husband’s favorite drive time radio announcer, who had it at a local restaurant.  We’ve long since forgotten which restaurant, but I must share.  You will need

  • Cucumber(s)
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • Soy Sauce

First, peel the cucumber (or more  than one if you have a crowd) or don’t, or partly peel it–your call depending on the flavor and thickness of the skin.  Then slice the cucumber thin and place the slices in a single layer in a shallow dish.

photo of sliced cucumber
place the sliced cucumber in a single layer in a shallow dish

Next, sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on the sliced cucumber.

photo of cucumber slices sprinkled with sesame seeds
sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds

Finally, sprinkle soy sauce over the top, to taste.  Serve immediately.  Your cucumber will quickly absorb that soy sauce, especially if you have sliced it very thin.   We’ve found it’s best to dress this salad shortly before eating.  You could also do this as a ribbon salad, and you could add just a touch of rice vinegar.  We like to serve this with sushi, but you can have it with burgers just as easily.  It’s a nice, cooling summer salad and a great way to deal with a garden overflowing with cukes!

photo of a bottle of soy sauce
the brand of soy sauce I currently have in the fridge

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