This salad is light n’ lovely. It’s aromatic and refreshing. It’s also a great choice when you need lots of flavor but don’t have a lot of time. The cucumber being fresh, and fragrant is an important part of the success of this dish. This is why I use Persian cucumbers. The basil’s slightly sweet, lemony and minty aroma delightfully compliments the green and fruity fragrance of the cucumber.
If you don’t have Thai basil, sweet basil works really well too.
Here are the simple steps:
Cut onions into thin rings.
Soak raw onion in water. [Expert Tip: Soaking raw onions in water reduces the pungent bite]
Cut cucumbers into rings, then cut into half moon shapes (or whatever shape your heart desires).
To make dressing:
Combine rice vinegar, soy sauce, salt, pepper, honey.
Slowly add in Sesame oil and whisk. This helps emulsify the dressing so it won’t separate.
Toss Cucumber, onion, basil + dressing together and enjoy!
5-6 Persian Cucumbers
1 medium red onion
3-4 tablespoons chopped sweet or Thai basil
3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey (adjust to sweetness preference
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
Salt + Pepper to taste [Expert tip: limit salt when using soy sauce even if using low sodium]