Cucumber salad à la Xi'an Impression from Ottolenghi Flavour / Flavor (page 113) by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage and Tara Wigley

  • spring onions
  • soy sauce
  • cucumbers
  • limes
  • tahini
  • rice vinegar
  • sunflower oil
  • mirin
  • black sesame seeds
  • sea salt flakes

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Notes about this recipe

  • Eat Your Books

    Can substitute maple syrup for mirin.

  • sarahj22 on February 02, 2021

    This was gorgeous and so easy to put together - I halved the recipe which gave two generous portions. I omitted the sesame seeds and forgot to add the spring onion. Even my cucumber-hating husband enjoyed it. I served this with the lime and coconut potato gratin from the same book and it was a lovely match. The freshness of the cucumber and the tang of the sauce provided contrast to the coconut richness. It needs at least 30mins to marinate.

  • bernalgirl on January 08, 2021

    Delicious salad, the marinating step improves the flavor of winter cucumbers while the tamari-soy mixture adds an addictive element. I’ll be keeping this sauce on hand so I can make this and perk up other vegetables regularly. Even with multiple steps this is an easy and straightforward recipe, but do make time to sufficiently marinade the cucumbers.

  • KarinaFrancis on November 02, 2020

    Very simple side dish that packs in big flavours. The cucumbers are crunchy and zesty while the tahini is a umami bomb. I can see this getting a repeat soon

  • metacritic on October 03, 2020

    This is stunning, reminiscent of a Japanese salad with cucumbers, ground sesame seeds, and vinegar. Here the cucumbers are marinated and the whole of the dish is bursting with flavor and perfectly balanced. Served with salt and pepper shrimp.

  • Astrid5555 on September 14, 2020

    Minimum effort, maximum flavor. Husband licked the plate as he could not get enough of the dressing.

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