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Pickled Cucumber Salad

sushiholic pickled cucumber salad

A couple months ago, I tried a new sushi joint for lunch. The first course they served was this adorable little cucumber salad garnished with imitation crab meat. One bite, and I was instantly sad that the bowl was so small. It was this amazing balance of sour and sweet. I asked the lady working the restaurant what they put on the cucumber, and all she said was sugar and vinegar. Can it really be that simple?! Here’s my version:



Pickled Cucumber Salad

  • 1 Large Cucumber (peeling is optional)
  • 1/4 C Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  1. Julienne cut the entire cucumber. Very thin slices will also work.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, and honey. Stir until the sugar dissolves. You can microwave it for a few seconds to speed this up.
  3. Add sesame oil to the vinegar mixture and then pour this over the cucumber.
  4. Stir until it’s coated and then let the salad marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Garnish with pickled ginger or scallions or imitation crab meat.


What about you?