Cool crispy cucumbers in a slightly sweet, spicy sauce tossed with cilantro and peanuts.
Can be a side dish or appetizer.
This is the second batch I’ve made in one day it’s that good.
Let’s get started
For the sauce I used 1/8 cup sambal oelek and 1/8 cup mae ploy sweet chili sauce, then added siraracha hot sauce, sesame oil, tamari and sugar
Never thought I’d need a bottle opener for a bottle of vinegar, but I did. Imagine my surprise when I went to open the black vinegar to find this. The vinegar was then added to the sauce
I found this at 99 Ranch Market
Here's some interesting information on Black Vinegar
Since I was taking this to the Women’s Fellowship, I packed it up for transport.
The recipe called for peanuts but I used pecans which were good too.
Then of course, I forgot to take a photo once I got there and assembled the salad, not that I was too busy talking and carrying on with my friends or anything like that.
There was none leftover to bring home and I wanted some, so I made more.
First time I made it I used a regular cucumber that was peeled and sliced on the diagonal. The second time I made it I used the Persian cucumbers and thinly sliced them the length of the cucumber without peeling.
I prefer the smaller cucumbers for this dish but the others are just fine too.
Here's the recipe I kinda followed.
Instead of all sambal oelek, I mixed half and half sambal oelek and sweet chili sauce. The only other change I made was using pecans rather than peanuts, only because I didn't have any peanuts at the time.
Baby Cucumbers w/ Sambal & Peanuts
2 lbs baby cucumbers, cut diagonally into 1/2' thick slices*
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup sambal oelek
2 tbsp sriracha hot sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp tamari
2 tsp sugar (or sweetener of choice)
2 tsp Chinese black vinegar
1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts, chopped
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
Step 1: Salting the Cucumbers
Salting the Cucumbers
*Note: The baby cucumbers, are also often referred to as Persian or mini cucumbers. If you cannot find baby cucumbers, use English cucumbers or even peeled regular garden cucumbers.
To start, toss the cucumbers with the salt and let site while you prepare the sauce.
Step 2: Preparing the Sauce
Preparing the Sauce
To make the sauce, add the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine.
Step 3: Finishing & Serving the Dish
Finishing & Serving the Dish
To finish the dish, add the cucumbers to sauce and toss to evenly combine. At this point, the cucumbers can sit for 10 to 20 minutes at room temperature, or they can be served immediately.
Before serving the cucumbers, garnish them with the peanuts and fresh cilantro.
by Dawn T in Rouxbe Recipes
This bold and flavorful cucumber dish is made with a spicy, yet well balanced, hot sauce. It then tossed with fresh cilantro and roasted peanuts. Enjoy as a side dish or as an appetizer.
Serves: 4 to 6 Active Time: 15 mins Total Time: 30 mins
And that's that