The spicy cucumber salad. Toss together a few ingredients and you have a quick and easy salad or spicy snack.
- 3-4 cucumbers – small, sliced
- 1 tsp garlic – minced
- 1 tb korean chili flakes
- 1 tsp sesame seeds – toasted
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsps white sugar
- ½ tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- Wash, dry and slice the cucumbers in thin diagonal slices. Set in a bowl, top with salt, mix and let sit unattended for 5 or 10 minutes.
- Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and stir to make sure all is well combined. Pour over cucumbers and chill for several hours.
NOTE: although it will give it a different flavor, if you can’t find Korean chili flakes, you can substitute chipotle powder or hot paprika and sprinkle with a few red pepper flakes. Thin cucumbers work best for this recipe.
Instead of serving it as a side salad, I sometimes just cube the cucumbers, let them sit in the dressing to get really saturated and then serve with toothpicks as part of a charcuterie board or just a little snack with a cold beer or wine.