Thinly sliced cucumbers and red onions tossed with a white wine vinaigrette dressing makes a light and refreshing salad. Top with rich black sesame seeds for major flavor action.
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We recently moved to a larger property and a bit out into the country (as country as it can get in a major metropolitan city). One of the biggest perks of this property is undoubtedly the garden area, complete with horse manure. The prior owners owned horses on this property so it's no doubt this soil is saturated with natural fertilizer.
One of the first things we were able to harvest this summer were our cucumbers. My kids would often just pick it straight from the vine and eat it like fruit. We are thoroughly enjoying our cucumber crop and that means lots of happy cucumber recipes too.
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The food that we grow and consequently put on the table is an expression of our value for clean, wholesome foods. I find it incredibly rewarding to walk into my garden and pick the lettuces, tomatoes, herbs and other gorgeous foods that not only taste good but feel good too. I value the hard work that we as a family (but mostly my husband) puts into this little homestead of ours knowing that these foods were grown in optimal environment.
But those values don't stop at fresh produce only. It is just as important to source quality spices and seasonings. That's why it's important for me to support the brands that share the same values for nutrition and wholesome eating. Choosing high quality, ethically sourced spices transforms the clean ingredients that I'm growing at home into nutritious dishes that the whole family will enjoy.
Simply Organic produces 100% certified organic and ethically sources spices and seasoning mixes. Furthermore, they give back 1% of sales to support organic growers and the organic community. Remember: those values again! I love that I can trust Simply Organic to provide all my spice and seasoning needs when I can't grow them myself. Because, let's face it, growing sesame seeds is not in the near future.
Asian Cucumber Salad
This Asian Cucumber Salad is so quick and easy to put together. You can enjoy it right away while it's still fresh and crunchy, or set it in the refrigerator for a few days up to a week for a more pickled flavor. Whichever way you enjoy this salad, just be sure not to skimp on the sesame seeds. They are by far the star of the show here. These organic little gems add robust flavor and crunch to the salad.
The cucumbers are finely sliced and joined with thin red onion ribbons. Next, they're tossed with a zesty vinaigrette of white wine vinegar, coconut aminos, sesame oil and spices. Finally, the Black Sesame Seeds from Simply Organic add rich seasoning to this already delicious salad.
Asian Cucumber Salad
- Thinly slice cucumbers using a mandolin or sharp knife, place in medium size bowl. Add thinly sliced red onions to the bowl.
- In a small bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients for dressing. Mix well. Pour dressing over the cucumbers and onions and combine everything thoroughly.
- Garnish with additional sesame seeds and fresh cilantro. Enjoy immediately or place in the refrigerator for up to a week for a more "pickled" taste.
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