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Samin Nosrat’s Vietnamese Cucumber Salad

There is something truly special about recipes that rely on ingredients you can easily find at the market. They have a way of capturing the essence of simplicity and convenience. As we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we have a delightful Vietnamese cucumber salad recipe that you and your family can enjoy making at home. Prepare to be delighted by this incredibly easy and wonderfully refreshing recipe that is sure to become a go-to for the warmer seasons!

  • 2 pounds cucumbers, stripey peeled
  • 1 large jalapeño, seeds and veins removed if desired, thinly sliced
  • 3 scallions, finely sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated or pounded with a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves
  • 16 large mint leaves, coarsely chopped (market herb substitutions include chives or shiso!)
  • 1/2 cup toasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup neutral-tasting oil
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 teaspoons seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Using either a Japanese mandoline or a sharp knife, thinly slice the cucumbers into coins, discarding the ends. Place slices in a colander. Sprinkle with a teaspoon of kosher salt. Toss and let drain for 10 minutes. Transfer cucumbers to a tea towel and blot them dry.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cucumbers, jalapeno, scallions, garlic, cilantro, mint, and peanuts. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, 4 tablespoons lime juice, the vinegar, fish sauce, sugar, and a small pinch of salt. Dress the salad with the vinaigrette and toss to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and more lime juice as needed. Serve immediately.

 Source: Alexandra Cooks


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Market UmbrellaMarket Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the power of farmers markets to drive economic and community health in the region. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.

Crescent City Farmers MarketThe Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round throughout New Orleans. The CCFM hosts 70+ local small farmers, fishers, and food producers, and more than 150,000 shoppers annually.

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