Cucumber Sesame Salad

Photo by Veena Dias

This easy-to-make salad is great whether served alone or with chilled soba noodles.

  • 4 medium-sized unpeeled cucumbers
  • 2 tbsp toasted unpolished sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp date paste


Cut the cucumbers lengthwise into thick, short sticks. Keep them aside in a bowl. Take soy sauce, rice vinegar and date paste in a small container with a secure lid. Put the lid on and shake to make vinaigrette dressing. Pour the vinaigrette over the cucumber, toss to coat, cover and marinate for 1 hour, stirring once or twice.

Sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds on top, before serving.

Serves 6-8