Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Year & New Ideas: Wasabi-Sesame Cucumber Salad

Happy New Year friends and fellow foodies!

This holiday season John and I spent a glorious two weeks in Europe (Bonn, Barcelona, Zurich & Brussels) with family, friends and a lot of great food:))) I should be specific though - cheese, meat, bread, repeat ... I will share more about our trip and the great dishes we enjoyed in another post, but suffice to say that we are not only doing our annual alcohol free detox ... we are craving lean, spicy veggie filled meals these days.

That led to last night's meal of Miso-Ginger Glazed Salmon with Stir Fried Veggies and an inspiration that came to me: Wasabi-Sesame Cucumber Salad. I will focus on this little gem of a light veggie salad that almost mimics and 'Indian pickle' which would be served with every meal ... something that is served cold, is a little spicy and serves to counter the flavors of the rest of the meal. Because most of our foods in Europe were so rich and not spicy at all we've been seeking punch ... as I made the rest of the meal I was rooting around in the fridge since we did a big Costco run on our return. I saw the baby cukes that I bought and though - ahhh - refreshing ... and then I spied one of my fave condiments ... Wasabi Mayo! Light bulb!!!

Wasabi-Sesame Cucumber Salad
  • 2-4 Baby Cucumbers or 1/2 an English Cucumber, both great as they are almost seedless
  • 1/4 Shallot thinly sliced and quartered
  • 1 tsp Wasabi Mayo, or sub in 1/4 tsp Wasabi Powder, 1/4 tsp Veg Oil + 1/2 tsp Sour Cream (mixed)
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • Salt to taste (I didn't add any, but could have)

Cut the cukes in half and then thinly slice. Slice and quarter the shallot. In a small Tupperware container combine the Wasabi Mayo and Vinegar, seal and shake to combine. Add the veggies and sesame seeds, seal and shake to coat. Done and done.

John loved this little addition to our otherwise pretty common meal and even asked me to up the Wasabi next time ... so tweak as you like ... you might even consider adding some other thinly sliced veggies - colorful bell pepper or maybe some radish would add color, interest and some additional sweetness and punch.

Wishing you all the best for a happy, healthy 2009 ... I'll keep you posted on how my Alcohol and Cheese Free Detox month progresses:)))

1 comment:

Becca said...

how about an add-on for the miso-ginger salmon recipe??