Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad

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Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad


  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 hot red chile , minced (1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 cucumbers , peeled, seeded (see related Tip), and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 4 scallions , white and light green parts, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves , chopped
  • Table salt and ground black pepper


1. Bring vinegar and sugar to boil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until mixture reduces by half, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to medium bowl and cool to room temperature.
2. Whisk in lime juice, ginger, chile, and sesame oil. Toss in cucumbers, scallions, and basil; season with salt and pepper, and let sit for 10 minutes or up to 1 hour. Serve.

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