Chinese Cucumber & Sesame Salad

Cucumbers aren’t the most versatile of vegetables, but the Chinese have created some of the tastiest, and simplest ways to bring out the best of this often underused of foods. Sesame works brilliantly with cucumber – the nutty, smoky flavours enhance the crisp, refreshing tastes of cucumber. The dressing adds the right level of salt and sweet and really brings to life this dish to something you’ll be sure to remember.

2 medium cucumbers
1 tablespoon sesame seeds (dry fried till brown)
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon peanut oil
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar

Cut the cucumbers in half, lengthways – then using a teaspoon, scrape out the seeds. Slice the cucumber into 1cm slices and place in a bowl.

Mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, peanut oil, rice wine vinegar and sugar. Just before you want to serve, pour the dressing over the cucumber then sprinkle with the sesame seeds and toss gently.

Serve as an accompaniment to stir fries or hot pots.

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