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Cucumber Salad

I’m knee deep in sugar. Literally! I’ve been testing and re-testing and dreaming about and sampling many, many DESSERT recipes for the “Sweet Treats” chapter of The Recipe Girl Cookbook. The past few weeks have been delicious and full of some pretty major gym workouts to manage all of those “tasting” calories. This Cucumber Salad recipe was a welcome, healthy reprieve, for sure.

The recipe comes from a new cookbook by Bee Yin Low, the writer behind the popular food blog: Rasa Malaysia. The cookbook is called, “Easy Chinese Recipes: Family Favorites from Dim Sum to Kung Pao.”  It’s a collection of Low’s all-time favorite dishes that are simple and easy to cook and eat at home.  Low says there is a general misconception that Chinese food is unhealthy, greasy, and mostly deep-fried.  In reality, Low says, there are many fresh and healthy Chinese recipes, such as this Cucumber Salad.  I’m giving away a copy of Easy Chinese Recipes today- see the end of this post for details!

Here’s how you make it:

You’ll need a cucumber… about 8 to 10-inches long.  Chop off the ends.

Cut it in fourths- lengthwise.

Slice off the seeds.

Cut each piece diagonally into 1/2-inch pieces.

Sprinkle the cucumber with salt.

Let the cucumber sit at room temperature for 30 minutes (to draw out the moisture in the cucumber). Then drain the liquid from the dish.  I actually rinsed it at this point too since I didn’t want an overwhelming salty flavor.

At this point, transfer the cucumber to a plastic bowl with a lid.  Add sugar…

…and rice vinegar.

Put the lid on the bowl, shake it up to coat the cucumbers, and refrigerate it for an hour.  This will give it a chance to soak up those flavors.  The vinegar helps add crunch to the cucumber.

Serve this up as an appetizer or a side dish, or as a salad too.

It makes just two servings- and each serving is 35 calories and only 1 Weight Watchers Points Plus (if you need to know that sort of thing).

It actually isn’t a Weight Watchers recipe at all… it just happens to be one of those wonderful, “fresh and healthy” recipes that Bee spoke of in her cookbook :)  And guess what?  We loved it!  It was crunchy and slightly sweet and totally refreshing.  Yay for healthy Chinese food!

I’m giving away a copy of Low’s Easy Chinese Recipes cookbook.  See details below…

Highlight recipes from the book:
Familiar favorites like Tasty Lettuce Wraps, Honey Walnut Shrimp, Pot Stickers, and Yangzhou Fried Rice AND Chinese Takeout Favorites like Simple Egg Drop Soup, Kung Pao Chicken and Beef with Broccoli.

I love that Bee includes information on techniques of stir frying, sharing the basic tools and utensils for Chinese cooking and explaining some of those unfamiliar Chinese ingredients.  And the best part:  there are photos of every single recipe in the book!

For a chance to win a copy of Easy Chinese Recipes, leave a comment below sharing your favorite Chinese food.  This giveaway is open to anyone with a USA mailing address. One winner will be chosen at the end of the day on Wednesday, Jan. 25th via random.org and will be contacted via email.  The winner will receive one copy of Easy Chinese Recipes, which will be mailed from the publisher.

This giveaway is now closed!  The winner (selected via Random.org) is commenter #154 Veronica. Thanks to all for entering!

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 20 min + marinating and chill time

Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:

1 cucumber (about 8 ounces- or 250 grams)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons Chinese rice vinegar

Directions:

1. Rinse the cucumber thoroughly with cold running water.

2. Cut off the ends of the cucumber and discard. Quarter the cucumber lengthwise. Slice off the seeds and discard. Slice the cucumber diagonally into pieces, each about 1/2-inch wide.

3. Transfer the sliced cucumber to a bowl and sprinkle salt over. Stir and then let the salted cucumber sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Drain the liquid from the bowl, rinse the cucumber and drain again. Transfer the cucumber to a plastic bowl (with a matching lid).

4. Add sugar and vinegar to the cucumber in the bowl. Place the lid on top and shake it to combine. Refrigerate the cucumber salad for at least one hour before serving.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1/2 of the salad
Calories per serving: 35
Fat per serving: .2g
Saturated Fat per serving: 0g
Sugar per serving: 7g
Fiber per serving: .8g
Protein per serving: .7g
Cholesterol per serving: 0mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 7.9g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 1 Old Points Program: 1

Source: RecipeGirl.com (adapted from Easy Chinese Recipes)

207 Responses to “Cucumber Salad”

  1. postedJan 23, 2012 3:08 AM
    Marvleen Hollenbeck

    Pot stickers with a great dipping sauce has always been my favorite.

  2. postedJan 23, 2012 3:36 AM

    Fave Chinese Food — egg rolls with lots of sweet & sour sauce

  3. postedJan 23, 2012 3:43 AM
    Val

    Love good Chinese…I think I’ll go basic and say fried rice.

  4. postedJan 23, 2012 4:05 AM

    Whoa! So easy. This sounds yummy!

  5. postedJan 23, 2012 4:08 AM

    Oh gosh – a good spring roll is probably on top of my list! I would love to win this cookbook:-) The cukes look yummy – a favorite veggie in this house all around.

  6. postedJan 23, 2012 4:41 AM

    I make those cucumbers too and they are so yummy! My favorite away-from-home Chinese food is crab cheese wontons. My favorite Chinese-at-home food is the mongolian beef my husband makes. Delicious!

  7. postedJan 23, 2012 5:41 AM
    kathy

    Honey glazed walnut shrimp has got to be my all time favorite… YUM!

  8. postedJan 23, 2012 5:51 AM
    Jill Cowette

    mmmm….sesame chicken. My homemade version is killer.

  9. postedJan 23, 2012 5:54 AM
    Kim K.

    I LOVE lo mein! BTW, I’m making this cucumber recipe today!

  10. postedJan 23, 2012 6:06 AM

    Fried Rice or Lo Mein. Always.

    This cucumber salad looks so bright and yummy!! Can’t wait to see your cookbook!!

  11. postedJan 23, 2012 6:15 AM
    Brittany

    I’m a fried rice feen. I could probably even eat it every day…shrimp fried rice, pork fried rice, vegetable fried rice….you name, I love it. So this cookbook would be especially helpful to finally learn how to make it myself! :)

  12. postedJan 23, 2012 6:17 AM
    Lauren G

    I keep it simple-veggie fried rice and crab Rangoon covered in soy sauce..not even close to being considered healthy!

  13. postedJan 23, 2012 6:28 AM

    Roast pork with chinese vegetables

  14. postedJan 23, 2012 6:37 AM

    Love this fresh and easy salad!

  15. postedJan 23, 2012 6:38 AM

    My favorite Chinese food would have to be a well made General Tso’s Chicken. Would love to win this cook book as I have been cooking more Asian meals lately!

  16. postedJan 23, 2012 6:54 AM
    Jodie Miles

    I really love orange chicken. I think that I crave Chinese food more than anything else but I am not the best when it comes to making specific dishes…would love this cookbook! I’m sure I would learn a thing or two that could help when preparing. Thanks

  17. postedJan 23, 2012 7:05 AM
    louise Parks

    Wow! I love Chinese Food. My favorite is sweet & sour chicken. Mmmmmmm. Love to be able to make it at home . :)

  18. postedJan 23, 2012 7:05 AM

    I’d say Sesame Chicken but the other night we ate chicken lettuce rolls at PF Changs and oh my! Sooo good!

  19. postedJan 23, 2012 7:06 AM
    LeAnne Efferson

    My favorite Chinese dish is Chicken in Garlic sauce!

  20. postedJan 23, 2012 7:16 AM
    Melissa H.

    Chicken Fried Rice and Egg Rolls….LOVE IT!

  21. postedJan 23, 2012 7:18 AM
    mary

    sounds delish! we love chinese. my kids looooove orange chicken.

  22. postedJan 23, 2012 7:18 AM
    Rhonda

    Love cucumber salads! You can do so much with a cucumber. Also love chinese cuisine. Hope to win the cookbook! :)

  23. postedJan 23, 2012 7:20 AM
    Monica Cook

    I would love this book. My hubs loves Asian food and I’m looking for low-cal variations.

  24. postedJan 23, 2012 7:21 AM
    Bianca

    My all-time favorite is kung pao shrimp, but I’ve never attempted to make it myself.

  25. postedJan 23, 2012 7:26 AM
    Ginger

    This looks so good! Thank you for sharing! Going to have my son make this for dinner tonight!

  26. postedJan 23, 2012 7:28 AM
    Ann Godfrey

    Sesame Chicken with an Apricot and Horseradish and Mustard Sauce:
    1. 3-4 chicken breasts, skinned, boned, cut into 1 or 1 and 1/2 inch pieces, or a whole chicken cut up into pieces…
    2. Dip pieces into this batter: 1 egg slightly beaten, 1/2 cup water, 3/4 tsp salt, 2-3 teaspoons sesame seeds, 1/2 cup flour.
    3. Drain chicken pieces.
    4. Use 1 quart of oil; your preference…..Peanut oil would be fine here.
    5. Heat oil over medium heat. Cook chicken pieces until done.
    6. Dipping Sauce for chicken: 1/2 cup pineapple or apricot preserves, 4 tablespoons of prepared mustard and 2 tablespoons of horseradish. Cook for three minutes…..Enjoy!

  27. postedJan 23, 2012 7:32 AM

    Potstickers! Or dumplings. Whatever you call them.

    That cuc salad is gor.geous.

  28. postedJan 23, 2012 7:42 AM
    Shaunta Knibb

    Mu shu pork nut I may have spelled it incorrectly.

  29. postedJan 23, 2012 7:50 AM
    Kim

    I love the deep fried goodness like sweet and sour or orange chicken – which really isn’t anything like what I actually ate in China. There I really loved the fried pancakes and dumplings.

  30. postedJan 23, 2012 7:51 AM
    Sara Stewart

    Definitely Chinese dumplings!

  31. postedJan 23, 2012 8:01 AM
    Rachel

    szechuan cucumber salad that i had in hong kong and have never been able to recreate!

  32. postedJan 23, 2012 8:04 AM

    Oooh, Lori, this looks delicious! I love cucumber salads!
    I m so in love with vegetable lo mein – the combination of noodles with the veggies…ooh, yum. Ok, now I want that for lunch.

  33. postedJan 23, 2012 8:07 AM
    Sandy

    The only recipe I’ve tried to cook is Moo Goo Gai Pan, which I love!

  34. postedJan 23, 2012 8:09 AM
    Vicki

    There was a very small place near my daughters college campus (Illinois State U, in Bloomington/Normal, IL) that has a dish called The Pheonix and the Dragon. So full of flavors and so different from anything I see at any other place. Any of our local places do not have this dish on their menu, so I’m in search of a reason to drive 2-1/2 miles for chinese food, lol!

  35. postedJan 23, 2012 8:10 AM
    Vicki

    sorry, above should read 2-1/2 hours not miles, lol.

  36. postedJan 23, 2012 8:17 AM
    Julie N

    This cookbook looks fabulous! I love spring rolls!

  37. postedJan 23, 2012 8:21 AM
    Denise13

    I remember the first time I ate Honey Walnut Shrimp, a fellow student (such a nice young man) brought his leftovers to nursing school one day and let me taste it. If I could have, I would have eaten every last morsel and liked the bowl clean! It was one of the best taste sensations of my life!!

  38. postedJan 23, 2012 8:24 AM

    My favorite Chinese dish is Kung Pao Chicken, from a hole-in-the-wall, very authentic restaurant close to my house. Nothing beats it!

  39. postedJan 23, 2012 8:29 AM
    Stacey B

    I love to make stir fry and fried rice, but am not very good at it. Having an easy cookbook would help a lot! We try to go out for dinner, but having three kids, the youngest of which is 3 months Makes it hard.

  40. postedJan 23, 2012 8:33 AM

    I used to teach Citizenship classes and two of my students were sisters from China. Their family owned a local Chinese restaurant and they brought me a little brown bag with a treat every class. It was so sweet of them to do. My absolute favorite was this sesame broccoli dish. So yummy!

  41. postedJan 23, 2012 8:34 AM
    Dawn Lang

    Chicken and pea pods is one of my favorites. Crab Rangoon. Egg rolls. Beef Chop Suey. Sesame Chicken. (now I’m hungry!)

  42. postedJan 23, 2012 8:40 AM
    Alicia

    I looove Chinese food…. I have to say my favorite is Moo Shu Pork!!

  43. postedJan 23, 2012 8:51 AM
    Celeste B.

    I love anything with lots of vegetables and a tasty sauce.

  44. postedJan 23, 2012 9:00 AM

    I love Gen Tso’s Chicken or Kung Po Chicken. Or pretty much anything that’s spicy really/ Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. postedJan 23, 2012 9:02 AM
    Penney Vachon

    Hmmm….so many goodies to choose from to pick one fave! Off the top of my head, I would have to say beef lo mein. With an egg roll, please :) These cucumbers sound tasty, I’ll have to grab me a cuke next time I’m at the store.

  46. postedJan 23, 2012 9:19 AM

    I don’t know if it’s traditional Chinese, but I loooove green onion pancakes at my local Chinese restaurant Hunan Yuan in Oakland, CA.

  47. postedJan 23, 2012 9:44 AM

    My favorite Chinese food is egg drop soup. My favorite vegetable is cucumber, so this might be my new favorite! Sounds like an awesome cookbook!

  48. postedJan 23, 2012 9:52 AM
    Kari

    My husband loves Asian food so we eat a lot of it at home but when I get take-out, my favorite is the awful for you stuff like cream cheese wontons and egg rolls.

  49. postedJan 23, 2012 9:57 AM
    Colleen

    I love pot stickers–I’ve tried making them, but it’s easier to go out to my favorite Chinese restaurant!

  50. postedJan 23, 2012 10:03 AM
    vballer

    eggplant with hot garlic sauce. mmmm.

  51. postedJan 23, 2012 10:05 AM
    Noreen Fair

    I love the idea of the salad. Going to pick up cucumbers on my way home to make it with the pork chops and scallion pancakes that we are having for dinner tonight! I would love to be able to cook more chinese food at home!

  52. postedJan 23, 2012 10:06 AM
    Debra L.

    Love the cucumber salad. My favorite is Beef & Broccoli.

  53. postedJan 23, 2012 10:07 AM
    Robin Thomas

    I love fried rice, and egg rolls.

  54. postedJan 23, 2012 10:21 AM
    Sandra

    I love crab ragoon!

  55. postedJan 23, 2012 10:22 AM
    Bruce

    My wife’s beef and pea pods are great!

  56. postedJan 23, 2012 10:22 AM
    Kelly

    my favorite chinese food is orange chicken!

  57. postedJan 23, 2012 10:25 AM
    Marie

    I’m definately going to try this Cucumber Salad.

    Favorite Chinese Food is….well I have TWO! Shrimp Fried Rice and Shrimp & Broccoli. YUM! :)

  58. postedJan 23, 2012 10:27 AM
    Kristine

    Fried rice for sure. These cukes look yummy!

  59. postedJan 23, 2012 10:34 AM
    KatieT.

    Sweet and sour chicken. Would love more chinese recipes to cook for my chinese daughter!!

  60. postedJan 23, 2012 10:39 AM
    Suzie Brust

    VERY NICE—!!! The pics are just beautiful, easy to make, quick prep time, and easy on the budget, not to memtion DELICIOUS!!!! Happy Chinese New Year!!!

  61. postedJan 23, 2012 10:53 AM

    I posted a few Chinese recipes yesterday. http://www.apassionateplate.com. One is a cucumber salad, but my picture doesn’t come close to yours! My current favorite chinese food is Chinese BBQ spareribs. This year I am on a mission to duplicate the juicy pork dumplings from Din Tai Fung. Once I figure that out I will have a new favorite!

  62. postedJan 23, 2012 10:55 AM
    Judy Weaver

    I love chicken with mixed vegetables with extra spicy garlic sauce. The spicy brown sauce is thick and clings to the chicken and vegetables. IT IS SOOO GOOD! Vegetables lo mein are wonderful too. This cookbook looks amazing.

  63. postedJan 23, 2012 11:02 AM
    Amanda

    My favorite chinese dish was made by my childhood best friend’s mother. It had beef and eggs and was delicious! I have never found it in an American “chinese” restaurant, but that’s not surprising. However, I do also love mu shu chicken. Hoisin sauce is one of my favorites!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  64. postedJan 23, 2012 11:31 AM
    Theresa

    My favorite is Cashew Chicken, especially if it has lots of vegetables. This looks like a fabulous book, I am especially interested in the techniques. I can follow a recipe but knowing the techniques for different ethnic recipes can make all the difference!

  65. postedJan 23, 2012 11:31 AM

    Pork Chow Mein – West Coast style, which is actually Lo Mein.

  66. postedJan 23, 2012 11:48 AM
    Haley

    My favorite Chinese food would have to be fried rice. Yum.. The veggies and egg make it delicious!

  67. postedJan 23, 2012 12:03 PM
    Holly H.

    I’m not sure if qualifies as Chinese, but my favorite Asian dish is Mongolian Beef – extra spicy!

  68. postedJan 23, 2012 12:12 PM
    Lori B.

    I absolutely love Kung Pao Chicken- really spicy! This book looks amazing!

  69. postedJan 23, 2012 12:23 PM
    Meghan

    I’ve never attemped to make it at home but my favorite chinese food from our regular joint is chicken & broccoli. Chicken is juicy, broccoli is a bit crunchy, and the sauce is delicious. Not sure what it is and I bet it’s easy to make…

  70. postedJan 23, 2012 12:30 PM

    I love Chinese food- just like any good Jew would! I like moo shu best.

  71. postedJan 23, 2012 12:42 PM
    Jessica C

    It’s a tie between General Tso’s Chicken and Crab Rangoon.

    This salad looks delicious though! And I do care about the WW points, so thanks for including it!

  72. postedJan 23, 2012 12:52 PM
    Wynn

    I like chicken and broccoli. That cucumber salad looks so good. Can’t wait to make it.

  73. postedJan 23, 2012 1:00 PM

    I love Bee’s recipes and used many of them for our Chinese dinners. I love so many Chinese dishes, but I think I could live on pot stickers, as I love pasta).
    Thanks, Lori, for this cucumber recipe (I’ve been doing really well on my “detox” – not calling it diet!!! – and welcome new approaches to healthy food:)

  74. postedJan 23, 2012 1:06 PM
    KrisP.

    I love Chinese food and especially love going to dim sum. My favorite is sticky rice.

  75. postedJan 23, 2012 1:25 PM

    I love Chinese food but don’t prepare it much at home, so I would love this cookbook! My favorite is Kung Pao Chicken. I love the combination of sweet and spicy.

  76. postedJan 23, 2012 1:29 PM
    Annie from Ohio

    My favorite Chinese food is, dim sum. More specifically: shrimp noodle or steamed pork buns. Yum!

  77. postedJan 23, 2012 2:42 PM
    Tania

    I know this is horrible, but I love cream cheese wontons – I am sure they are not really Chinese but you can get them at Chinese restaurants:)

  78. postedJan 23, 2012 3:01 PM
    Abby

    Sweet and Sour Pork! I know its boring but its so good!

  79. postedJan 23, 2012 3:09 PM
    Nicole

    My favorite is definately a toss-up between Wor wonton soup, lemon chicken and Green onion cakes!!

  80. postedJan 23, 2012 3:34 PM
    Tbelous

    I love general tso’s chicken! So bad for you, but soooooo good!

  81. postedJan 23, 2012 3:34 PM
    Cookienurse

    I love lo mein and kung pao chicken!

  82. postedJan 23, 2012 3:40 PM
    Monique

    My fave is pot stickers or any kind of dumplings. :)

  83. postedJan 23, 2012 3:55 PM

    My favorite is anything in a spicy garlic sauce!

  84. postedJan 23, 2012 4:18 PM
    kate

    sesame chicken…oh so bad..i never have it anymore, I do love that Chinese can be totally healthy and it is one menu I always go to when I am in the losing phase of weight watchers 😉

  85. postedJan 23, 2012 4:41 PM
    Becky

    I love sweet & sour fish!

  86. postedJan 23, 2012 4:59 PM
    Courtney G.

    I love making sweet and sour chicken at home for our family! yum!

  87. postedJan 23, 2012 5:08 PM
    Becky H

    any chinese dish with broccoli.

  88. postedJan 23, 2012 5:14 PM
    Tracy

    Love cucumber salad! (I’d add some chili flakes, too…) One of my go-to weeknight suppers is a tofu-green pepper stir-fry over rice or noodles. When I was a kid, long before I became a vegetarian, my mom took classes in Chinese cookery, and my favorite dishes then were beef and pea pods, fried wontons and shrimp toasts. Love Rasa Malaysia and was just perusing Bee’s site for Lunar New Year recipes. Thanks for the giveaway.

  89. postedJan 23, 2012 5:18 PM

    Hmm.. my favorite Americanized Chinese dish would have to be chicken with garlic sauce.. or general tso’s, of course!

  90. postedJan 23, 2012 5:24 PM

    This salad is really calling my name right now. Might have to run to the grocery store tonight :) xoxo

  91. postedJan 23, 2012 5:32 PM

    Beautiful salad, love the rice wine vinegar addition. My favorite Chinese food is cashew chicken or won-ton soup. Can’t decide!

  92. postedJan 23, 2012 5:38 PM
    Gail conn

    My family loves duck. I. Have learned to a version of smoked duck using a rich lapsang
    Souchong tea. It is pretty amazing

  93. postedJan 23, 2012 5:39 PM

    I love Sesame Chicken.

  94. postedJan 23, 2012 5:41 PM
    Dwharton

    My whole family enjoys char su bao …would love to learn how to actually make it someday soon!

  95. postedJan 23, 2012 6:00 PM
    Monica N.

    Steamed dumplings are my favorite!

  96. postedJan 23, 2012 6:12 PM
    Dave

    I must go out and buy some cucumbers. This sounds great. Favorite Chinese food? I would have to say egg rolls, although I had some sweet and sour fish to celebrate the new year and that was mighty tasty!

  97. postedJan 23, 2012 7:00 PM
    Julia

    I love honey walnut shrimp

  98. postedJan 23, 2012 7:29 PM
    Lisle

    Oh, I love any food that someone else cooked for me! I really do love a good beef and broccoli, though, and I’m quite fond of anything spicy, like Kung Pao or a spicy garlic pork.

  99. postedJan 23, 2012 9:02 PM
    John

    I’ve always loved me some lo mein with broccoli and bbq pork, or some mongolian beef if I’m feeling spicy.

  100. postedJan 23, 2012 11:38 PM
    LaDonna Hopkins

    Ilove lo mein and beef & peppers

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