Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad
A cool salad made with crisp cucumbers is a quick, refreshing companion to any grilled dish. The cucumbers' high water content is part of what makes them so refreshing, but can dilute dressings. We wanted a crisp salad with big flavors, not a watery dressing.
Why This Recipe Works
Cucumbers’ high water content often dilutes the dressings in cucumber salad recipes. To avoid that, we created a double-strength base for the dressing in our Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad recipe by simmering rice vinegar and sugar until reduced, then adding seasonings. Once the dressing was tossed with the cucumbers, the water from the cucumbers diluted the base to create a final dressing with just the right potency.