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Sesame Lemon Cucumber Salad

Sesame Lemon Cucumber Salad


  • 1 Suyo long cucumber, sliced, salted, and drained (see directions)
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice from one small lemon
  • 2 Tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted in a pan over medium heat until fragrant and golden, 4-5 minutes


  1. Draining cucumbers: Half cucumber lengthwise and scoop out seeds if desired. Stack haves flat side down and slice diagonally ¼ in thick. Toss with 1 Tbsp. salt and place in a strainer over a bowl or in sink. Weight cucumbers down with a 1-gallon zip lock freezer bag filled with water. Drain for 1-3 hours.
  2. Whisk together all ingredients except cucumbers. Add drained cucumbers and toss to coat. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
  3. Recipe from Cooks Illustrated.