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!

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Cucumber Salad

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 20 min + marinating and chill time

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)