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Korean Style Cucumber Salad

For the past year since we moved to Ankeny almost a year and half ago, our Friday night ritual consists of going for a Korean dinner in Ames. A friend of mine recommended a hole in the wall Korean restaurant on a local college campus, tucked inside an industrial building with miscellaneous businesses inside. The restaurant is  about 750 square feet in size, a handful of tables, a limited menu, and only open from Monday to Friday.   It is a good 20 minutes drive from our house; so I happily obliged.

These cucumbers remind me a lot of the pickled vegetables that we normally get at typical Korean restaurants. I started making them last summer, and was pretty happy at how tasty they taste – and how easy to put together. I crave these once in a while when I want something light and a bit spicy. They are a perfect companion for any Asian inspired dishes, like these Sweet and Spicy Korean Chickens or Kalbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs).

1 Korean cucumber or 2 Kirby (pickling) cucumbers
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Korean hot pepper flakes (gochugaru) – use less if desired
1 tablespoon chopped scallion
1 clove garlic minced
1 teaspoon vinegar
½ teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Thinly slice the cucumber (1/8 to 1/4-inch thick).

Toss gently with salt and set aside for 15 -20 minutes.

Drain excess liquid. (Avoid squeezing them because they will bruise.)

Mix well with all remaining ingredients.

Adapted from Eating and Living


18 Responses to “Korean Style Cucumber Salad”

  1. #
    Tracey — January 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    These sound amazing, I love the simplicity of the recipe!

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    john@kitchenriffs — January 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Great pickles! I love pickles, and these look nice and spicy. Love the flavors you have in these! Thanks so much.

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    Raymund — January 14, 2013 at 1:18 am

    I love nibbling on this one together with some galbi

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — January 14, 2013 at 3:48 am

    A simple and delicious cucumber salad. I love it.

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    Norma Chang — January 14, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Filing away this recipe for when my homegrown cucumbers become available, it will be awhile as it is winter in NY but I can wait.

  6. #
    Courtney — January 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    What a refreshing and beautiful salad, Yudith!

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    The Squishy Monster — January 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    This is making me salivate. I love this stuff!

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    Gemma @andgeesaid — January 15, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I LOVE this salad! Thanks for the recipe (:

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    Asmita — January 15, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I love these kind of easy and delicious recipes!

  10. #
    Juliana — January 15, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    This cucumber salad look great…so tasty and refreshing.
    Have a wonderful week Yudith!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — January 16, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Oh yum. I love cucumbers plain or pickled.

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — January 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I eat cucumbers all the time, preparing the similar way. This is going to be my next cucumber recipe to try! So refreshing and crunchy photo, Yudith!

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    Eva Taylor — January 17, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    what a great fresh looking salad for such a cold wintery day.

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    mjskit — January 17, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Oh I do love these pickled cucumbers! I haven’t had them in a while and now I’m craving them! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Amy Tong — January 20, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I love pickled cucumber! I have a similar version that I make all the time. I really love that garlic and chili in there. :) Your pictures are so nice…making my mouth watered. Hehe…I guess it’s time for me to pickle another batch.

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    Sammie — January 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

    absolutely love this dish. So refreshing and healthy too!!! yummm! I haven’t really tried the Korean style, but I believe it’s pretty similar to Chinese style! :D

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    li — January 21, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Spicy pickles sounds great! I love having something pickled to go with meals.

  18. #
    Cass @foodmyfriend — January 21, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Oh Yudith! You made my favourite thing. My Mum makes me a variation with zucchini too. It’s soo soo good!

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