Quick Sesame Cucumbers

Quick Sesame Cucumbers | Living Healthy in Seattle

Yeah I know, cucumbers aren’t the most exciting edible substance ever…

But they’re super refreshing, hydrating, and good for you too!

Plus, cukes go well with a lot of other ingredient friends, like juicy tomatoes, creamy chickpeas, crisp bell pepper, crunchy carrots, sweet watermelon, fluffy quinoa, protein-packed tofu, and chilled vodka, of course.

Ahhh and tangy feta cheeeeese.

So don’t set these guys aside to cool off your puffy eyeballs because they do have a lot to offer.

Now you could just grab a cuke and start munching away.

But there are some more flavorful options that will make your snacking experience actually somewhat exciting.

You can call this a salad, a side dish, a snack, or even a main if you’re on that Victoria’s Secret beach bod diet.

Although I normally go with salad/side and pair it up with peanutty tofu (for my vegans) or simple salmon cakes orrr even grilled wild salmon.

So.

All you have to do is whisk up some tangy rice wine vinegar, nutty toasted sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds (clearly I like things toasty), pure maple syrup, a pinch of salt, plus a hit of crushed red pepper flakes. Toss your sliced English cukes in that punchy dressing then go crazy with them chop sticks.

P.S. Taste and adjust the dressing ingredients to your liking, as always.

P.P.S. If you do have the time, please let your dressed cukes hang out in the fridge to absorb some extra flavor.

P.P.P.S. And no need to peel your veggie or remove the seeds. Eat it alllll up.

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Quick Sesame Cucumbers

Serves 2

  • 1/2 English cucumber (about 1 1/2 cups sliced); sliced into half rounds (leave skin and seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon toasted tan sesame seeds (I use Eden Foods Gomasio--roasted sesame seeds + sea salt)
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together.
  2. Toss the cucumber slices with the dressing.
  3. Taste and adjust ingredient amounts to your liking.
  4. Let the cucumbers sit for 15 minutes in the fridge before serving, if time allows.

 

 

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