Japanese Cucumber Salad with Sesame-Miso Dressing

This fantastic salad combines cucumbers with two types of miso, toasted sesame and pine nuts. Be sure to use firm and super-crunchy cucumbers with few seeds.
Photo by Barbara B.

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

30

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

30

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3

    cup Japanese sesame paste or tahini

  • 3

    tablespoons brown rice miso (see Note)

  • 3

    tablespoons white miso (see Note)

  • 3

    tablespoons mirin

  • 2

    tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1

    teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1/3

    cup pine nuts

  • 12

    ounces Japanese, Persian or kirby cucumbers, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise 3/4 inch thick

  • Kosher salt

  • 1

    tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1

    tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2

    tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Directions

In a blender or food processor, blend the sesame paste, brown rice and white misos, mirin, vinegar and sesame oil until smooth. Transfer the miso dressing to a jar and refrigerate until chilled, at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat, shaking the pan, until the nuts are golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool. In a medium bowl, sprinkle the cucumbers with salt and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice, olive oil and 1/4 cup of the miso dressing (reserve the rest for another use) and toss well. Garnish with the pine nuts and sesame seeds and serve. See the Broth that Cooks Trust the Most. MAKE AHEAD The miso dressing can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. NOTES Brown rice miso and white miso are both available on amazon.com.

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