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Crisp & Spicy Cucumber Salad

Rice vinegar, sesame oil and cayenne create a sweet-hot Asian flavor that will light up your taste buds! —Alivia Dockery, Jensen Beach, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + marinating
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 small English cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 serrano or jalapeno pepper, seeded and thinly sliced, optional
  • MARINADE:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon each salt, garlic powder and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • Optional toppings: minced fresh cilantro, chopped peanuts and additional sliced green onion

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In a small bowl, mix marinade ingredients, stirring to dissolve sugar. Pour over vegetables; toss to combine. Refrigerate, covered, 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Serve with a slotted spoon. Top as desired.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup (calculated without toppings): 96 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

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