“A Menu of Memories”
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Our entire family is addicted to cucumbers and in our past garden we grew over a hundred of them from which we made buckets of kimchi, salads and jars of pickles. But I especially love the little salads that we used to get from the Thai restaurant in our old neighborhood of Downtown Arlington Heights because they were the perfect accent to the rich main dishes. The salad immediately lightens the palate and allows you to fully appreciate the different flavors in the sauces that are used and the textures of the starchy ingredients and various proteins. I thought a similar salad would suit this particular seven course meal as a palate cleanser as well because it would be after a coconut broth that was South East Asian in flavor and before an Entree that was North Indian. It would break up the flavors but also provide a bridge between both because it was also mildly spiced. The dressing for the salad was inspired by one that I had seen on a site called recipe runner.com for a Crunchy Thai Cucumber Salad recipe. I used less ingredients for the salad because once again, it was serving as a simple bridge between courses and I wanted it to complement both the dishes it was between.
Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad
Serves 6-8 as part of a seven course meal
1 Large English Cucumber Sliced
1/2 Red Onion Sliced Thinly
1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
1/2 Large Lemon squeezed
1 tbsp Maple Syrup
1/2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp Rice Vinegar- seasoned if you can
2 tsps Fish Sauce
1/8 tsp Garlic powder
Combine the ingredients for the dressing and whisk well so that the garlic powder dissolves. Toss together the sliced cucumber and onion and pour the dressing over. Mix it all together in your serving bowl and then sprinkle the sesame seeds on top. Keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. In fact, I think it tastes best if it has rested in the refrigerator for at least an hour. It tastes excellent cold and then serves its purpose as the palate cleanser well.