This cucumber sesame salad (or any cucumber salad for that matter) can be a refreshing start or accompaniment to a meal on a hot summer after noon. With a nutty texture from sesame and a minty fresh feel from fennel, this one can be a palate cleanser between courses too.
You know how they serve a cucumber salad on the table at a Chinese restaurant? I have always wanted to do that. Have a huge bowl of cucumber salad plopped up on the table with my meal. There are 2 reasons for this:
1) It makes my mealtimes very fancy-pantsy
2) I read that people mistake thirst for hunger and tend to over eat. Staying hydrated helps you with portion control.
With over 95% of cucumber being just water, it not only quenches your thirst but keeps you from over-indulging yourself.
I have never been much of a summer person until I faced the harsh winters of the US. All my life, I have lived in places where winter means a chill, a sweater and some hot food. Never has it meant wrapping oneself up in so many layers of clothing that it gets difficult to walk! Aaargh! I hate extremes. Why can it not be the way spring/fall is all year long? I am not the first to feel this I am sure and I am also sure that many of you like me have been ravenously feasting on fruits and veggies.
With all these thoughts in mind, I have been playing around with a lot of salads lately. To keep them fresh, I am also making sure that the flavors and dressing go through changes too.
One of them that I have fallen in love with is this cucumber sesame salad. How do you keep yourself cool during summers? Drop a comment and share your thoughts. Here is the recipe for
Cucumber Sesame Salad