Cucumber, Basil, and Peanut Salad
Peeling the cucumbers for this dish (regardless of variety) helps them absorb more flavor. Thai basil provides a slightly sweet, peppery note and a hint of anise, but you can also use Italian basil or mint.
3 Tbs. seasoned rice vinegar
1 tsp. Asian sesame oil
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. fish sauce
1-1/2 lb. cucumbers, peeled, halved, seeded, and sliced diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick crescents
1/4 cup torn basil leaves (preferably Thai basil)
1/4 cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts
In a large serving bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sesame oil, lime juice, and fish sauce. Add the cucumbers, basil, and peanuts to the vinaigrette, toss, and serve.
nutrition information (per serving):
photo: Scott Phillips
From Fine Cooking 117
, pp. 65
May 3, 2012