I love Asian flavors, and am a big fan of Miso, which is a soybean paste. There are several varieties of miso. I get my miso at Trader Joe's, but I am fairly certain you can find it in the Asian section of your local grocery store now. I also know you can get it at places like Whole Foods Market or Fresh Market. Miso basically adds a salty, umami flavor that is super savory.
I found the pin for this cucumber salad HERE. I love a refreshing cucumber dish, whether it's a simple salad of tomato and cucumbers in a vinaigrette or a creamy, vinegary side of cucumbers with a mayo/vinegar dressing.
The only thing I changed about the original RECIPE was to halve the amount of sesame oil. I just think a tablespoon was too much, as sesame oil is very pungent (although delicious!) and too many calories for what could be halved.
This was a delicious side dish, very refreshing and packed with flavor. Try it as a side to you next Asian inspired meal, a quick snack, or a light lunch with say a cooked chicken breast. Plus, you can use this as a dressing for ANY veggies or salad. It doesn't just have to be cucumbers. This was a Pinterest hit!
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Miso Cucumber Salad
- 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, sliced
- 2 tbs miso (recipe calls for brown or white miso, I used yellow miso)
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tbs honey
- 1 1/2 tbs rice vinegar
- 1 tbs hot water (I used water from my hottest tap setting)
- 1/2 tbs sesame oil
- 1 tbs sesame seeds
Mix all ingredients except cucumbers together. Blend well. Fold in cucumbers.