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.
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 Freestyle SmartPoint (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!
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!
Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes + marinating and chill time
- 1 cucumber (about 8 ounces- or 250 grams)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons granulated white sugar
- 2 teaspoons Chinese rice vinegar
- Rinse the cucumber thoroughly with cold running water.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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: 35, Fat: .2g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Sugar: 7g, Fiber: .8g, Protein: .7g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Carbohydrates: 7.9g
- WEIGHT WATCHER POINTS per serving: Freestyle SmartPoints: 1, Points Plus Program: 1, Old Points Program: 1
Here are a few more cucumber salad recipes you might enjoy:
- Cilantro- Lime Cucumber Salad by The Food Charlatan
- Tomato, Cucumber and Basil Salad by Recipe Girl
- Simple Skinny Cucumber Salad by Healthy Seasonal Recipes
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