Wellspent partner & creative director Nicole Sakai serves this salad all summer long.
It’s quick and easy, yet full of complex flavors, and is just the thing to serve alongside a chilled glass of her refreshing Sorta Summer wine.
What You'll Need
For the shopping list
- 1 pound of cucumbers - You can use Japanese, English, or Persian (we prefer the small Persian)
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of vinegar (rice or Chinese black)
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
- 2 green onions, chopped
- handful of cilantro, chopped (optional)
From the kitchen
- 1 chef's knife
- 1 cutting board
- 2 medium mixing bowls
- 1 small mixing bowl
- paper towels
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
What you'll have to do
Step 1 – Cut your cucumbers into your desired bite-size shape. You can do spiral (see below), simple slices, or smashed chunks.
Step 2 – Put the cucumber pieces in a bowl and sprinkle with salt and mix fully. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes, not longer or they will get too salty.
Step 3 – In that time, you can make the sauce: mix 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 tablespoon chili crunch, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon honey, and peanuts.
Step 4 – Rinse the cucumbers and pat dry on some paper towels so there isn't residual water to dilute the sauce.
Step 5 – Toss in a bowl with sauce, then garnish with chopped green onion and/or cilantro and chopped peanuts. just before serving.
How to Spiral Cut a Cucumber
Step 1 – Cut ¼” slices at a 45º angle half way through one side of a cucumber. To make cutting only halfway through easier, use chopsticks on either side that will stop the knife.
Step 2 – Flip the cucumber over and cut straight ¼” slices half way through that entire side.
Viola! You have a cucumber spiral.