Introduction: Refreshing Sesame-Cucumber Salad
This is a quick and easy salad that can be made with common ingredients that you might already have in your home. It's especially great to make in the summer months when you want to eat something cool and refreshing that doesn't require you to use the stove.
Here are the ingredients:
(2) Large Cucumbers
(1/4) Large Purple Onion
(1 Cup) Carrots
(2 tbsp) Sesame Seeds - use raw or toasted
(1 tsp) Tarragon
(1 tsp) Parsley
(1/2 tsp) Salt
(2 tsp) Pepper
(1/4 Cup) Sesame Oil - Olive Oil also works as a substitute for this
(3/4 Cup) Red wine Vinegar
Step 1: Prepare Veggies
Make sure to wash your veggies and get off the nasties - this is something I constantly forget. I'm suprised I've survived this long but thankfully I have my wife to remind me to clean the food. Needless to say I've been banned from most cooking activities. Also, the carrots and cucumber were peeled before chopping.
I included pictures to show how the veggies were cut but it really just comes down to your own preference. I tend to think food tastes different depending on how its cut (like when you cut your sandwich diagonal vs rectangular - I think we can all agree diagonal is the clear winner).
Although we didn't include in the recipe, adding diced cherry tomatoes to this salad adds a bit of color that you might also enjoy.
Step 2: Combine Oil, Vinegar & Seasonings
In a separate bowl, go ahead and combine the oil, vinegar, parsley, tarragon, salt and pepper. Also, when it comes to the sesame seeds you have the option of toasting them or using them raw - both are good.
Remember that a lot of this is "to taste" - I personally like a lot of vinegar and not much salt so I will tend to make my cucumbers swim in more than the posted 3/4 cup of vinegar. Again, up to your personal preference.
Step 3: Mix It All Together + Refrigerate
Throw it all together in the bowl, mix, then plop that baby in the refrigerator for about an hour. It tastes much better when its had a chance to cool and the flavors have had a chance to become friends.
Serve up and enjoy.