Cucumber and Sesame Salad


Summer Fest Ingredient: Cukes n’ Zukes

Sliced, chopped, dipped or dressed, cucumbers are one of the most versatile vine veggies. And what better way to kick off the launch of Summer Fest 2010 than with a refreshing pickled salad loaded with carrots and tomatoes and tossed in a toasted sesame vinaigrette. Cool off by enjoying this dish as a simple side, or top it off with sauteed chicken or tofu for the ultimate summer salad.

A full list of cukes n’ zukes recipes (and more pics!) from Summer Fest 2010 is after the jump …


Cucumber & Sesame Salad

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 20 min


1½ teaspoons white sesame seeds
3 cups very thinly sliced cucumbers
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
½ cup diced red onion
½ cup carrots, peeled and julienned
1 cup rice wine vinegar
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2½ teaspoons sugar


Toast the sesame seeds in a dry saute pan set over medium-low heat until they become golden brown.

In a large bowl, combine the toasted sesame seeds with the remaining ingredients.

Cover and refrigerate the salad for at least two hours (stirring occasionally) before serving.

Fellow Summer Fest 2010 Bloggers:


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    Excited to join the Summer Fest fray this year! Just posted my tangy Wilted Cucumber & Radish Salad (not dissimilar to your salad!):

    And Paula Deen’s zucchini bread, also part of the Summer Fest fun, reminded me of my perfect family finger food, Zucchini Muffins, great for toddlers up to big kids (including the big kid in you!):

    Can’t wait to try the other zukes and cukes recipes!

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    I love the mandolin, too– and your salad couldn’t be more perfect for summer. Thanks for sharing your beautiful blog with me and for giving me a shout out!

    As I mentioned on my blog, these look pretty amazing… Perfect for a summer party! Check out my Marinated Summer Squash Salad and my Cucumber Salad with Lemons and Poppy Seeds at my blog,

    So happy to be feasting at the Summer Fest 2010 with you!

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    Hooray for Summer Fest! I’d like to submit these zucchini “noodles” with avocado garlic dressing:

    As well as this refreshing cucumber sorbet:

    And some good old reliable lacto-fermented pickles (a recipe that’s really adaptable; I just made a batch with garlic, tarragon and chile pepper)

    I’m really looking forward to reading everyone’s recipes…and I’ll try to do a dedicated Summer Fest post next week ;)

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    Thanks for the recipe, and the beautiful picture of the two cukes!

    Over at our Green Thumb Geeks, my wife Emily just jumped into the Summer Fest fray with a recipe similar to yours: Cucumber, Tomato, and Red Onion Salad:

    Also, we have a recipe for Bread and Butter pickles from a few weeks back that any pickle-lover would enjoy:

    Finally, there’s our take on grilled zucchini and summer squash:

    Thanks for putting this together!

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    Morgan says

    Wow- perfect timing! I made your amazing crab stack earlier this week and found myself with leftover thinly sliced zucchini, tomato, and chopped red onion, and I already had everything in my pantry for the yummy dressing. All I did was pick up the carrot and threw together the salad in under five minutes- a record for sure.
    Thanks for the recipe Kelly!


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