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.
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Simple and fast. Especially fast when cucumbers and basil are ready in the garden. I made only 2 additions: red pepper flakes and refrigeration. I prefer the salad to be refrigerated for a few hours to allow the vinaigrette to meld with the cucumbers, basil, and peanuts. Having this cold salad in 100 degree heat is wonderful.
THis is very simple and tasty.
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